DEKALB – The DeKalb girls soccer team dominated in possession and shots on goal as it went on to beat Streamwood, 3-0, to advance to the championship game of the Class 3A DeKalb Regional.
The Barbs (1-0) spent most of the evening on the attack, forcing Sabres goalkeeper Candy Nava to make 12 saves on the night. DeKalb sophomore Amber Moore scored the game's second goal with 16:17 left to play in the game, all but sealing the deal.
"At halftime I think that the coaches really pushed us," Moore said. "They said, 'We need to get another one. Next person, that's who has the game.' When I go out, I just want to give it all that I have, and I think the whole team pushed me to do that."
DeKalb had several scoring chances that were either off target or gobbled up by Nava. Barbs coach PJ Hamilton said that he liked his team's effort when on the attack.
"As coaches, all we can ask is that the kids to create the opportunity to score," Hamilton said. "I thought we did a good job creating scoring opportunities tonight. Part of our focus moving forward is to be a little more efficient around the net. With this group, I believe we have the talent to get that done. ... I think we need to play a little bit quicker. I think we dwelled on the ball at times. ... Twenty-two kids came to play today, and I could not be prouder of a group."
Hamilton said his team adjusted its game plan and executed well.
"At times, I think we can play a little too direct," Hamilton said. "We worked on our plan of attack, and we knew how we wanted to go at [Streamwood]. I think that our style and our approach varies from game to game, depending on who we play. Today, we wanted to play a little quicker, get out in front of studs and make sure we press their back line, and I think we did a good job of doing that."
Streamwood (0-1) kept the game close for the first 60 minutes of the game. Sabres coach Kristin Duffy expects her young squad to make strides in the offseason.
"Next year will be better," Duffy said. "Having a young team obviously is always hard. There's a summer camp we have, and hopefully our girls are playing club.
"[Nava] played really well," she said. "She comes off her line and makes a lot of saves so we don't get attacked on goal."
By the numbers: DeKalb had two other goal scorers. At the 23:54 mark, Christina Ryzhov scored on an assist from Darian Lucas. With 29.6 seconds left, Grace Bauling put a header into the net from a crowded box.
They said it: "Everyone on this team is amazing," Moore said. "I look up to them and aspire to play like them. I think that it is really just getting together as a team and having our minds set, being focused."
Up next: The Barbs will play the winner of Larkin versus Grant at 5 p.m. Friday at DeKalb High School.