SYCAMORE – Junior forward Alyssa Messina scored the tying goal in the final two minutes of regulation, then added the winner with four minutes left in overtime as the Burlington Central girls soccer team rallied to win Tuesday's 2A Sycamore Regional semifinal.
Top-seeded BC clipped Hampshire, 4-3, after trailing, 3-0, at intermission.
"When you get into an elimination situation, that moment needs to be recognized along with how urgent you're going to play," Rockets coach Steve Berry said. "We had that mantra to work, but we probably came out a little soft, so we decided to work in the second off and found a way to keep pressing."
BC (18-2-1) defeated the Whip-Purrs, 3-1, during the regular season. Central will face the winner of today's semifinal between Sycamore and Crystal Lake Central for the regional title Friday.
2A Rochelle Regional: Rosary 8, Rochelle 0: Rosary (15-3-3) romped to advance to Friday's regional title game against the winner of today's semifinal between Kaneland and IMSA.
2A Solorio Regional: St. Francis 10, Kennedy 0: At Chicago, defending 2A champion St. Francis (15-1) moved on to Friday's regional title game against either Riverside-Brookfield or Solorio.
2A Glenbard South Regional: Wheaton Academy 9, Hancock 0: At Glen Ellyn, Wheaton Academy rolled into Friday's regional title game, where it will face either Glenbard South or Hubbard.
Batavia 14, Streamwood 4 (6 inn.): At Streamwood: Aaron Hurd and Andrew Siegler had three-hit games for Batavia (23-6, 17-6 Upstate Eight Conference River Division), which maintained a half-game lead on St. Charles East in the conference race. Winner Luke Horton went the distance, improving to 8-0
St. Charles East 10, Larkin 0 (5 inn.): At St. Charles, Troy Dykhuis struck out nine and faced the minimum in an abbreviated no-hitter for East (19-10, 16-6 UEC River). Dykhuis walked the leadoff batter in the second, but he was promptly picked off.
St. Charles North 6, Elgin 0: At Elgin, Nick Drawant (two RBIs) and Kurt Barbeau (two stolen bases) paced North (14-15, 10-12 UEC River).
Montini 17, Geneva 8: At Geneva, visiting Montini erupted for 10 unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings to close the game. Bobby Hess homered and drove in three runs for 17-14 Geneva, while Ben Chally doubled twice.
Kaneland 4, Cary-Grove 1: At Maple Park, Curtis Thorson scattered six hits, four strikeouts and two walks in a complete-game effort for Kaneland (12-15). Matt Limbrunner hit a solo home run.
Marmion 8, St. Francis 3: At Aurora, Marmion (12-10, 9-7 SCC Blue) struck for the game's final seven runs, including six in the fifth inning. Winning pitcher Alex Troop had two hits, joining Josh Meyers and Brady Roberts.
Huntley 8, Burlington Central 7: At Huntley, Mike Lee paced 12-9 Central with two hits and two RBIs.
West Aurora 11, Geneva 10: At Geneva, Geneva (11-15) lost control of the slugfest after leading, 3-0, after two innings. Kelly Gordon (three RBIs), Emily Plocinski and McKenna Schimmel had three hits apiece for the Vikings.
2A Aurora Central Catholic Regional: Aurora Central Catholic 5, Lisle 4 (8 inn.): Gabi Alfaro tripled, doubled and drove in two runs to help ACC past the regional's top seed. The Chargers will face the winner of today's semifinal between Immaculate Conception Catholic and Westmont in Saturday's regional title game.
St. Charles North 2, Streamwood 0 (25-19, 25-11): At Streamwood, North secured its second outright UEC River title in three seasons with the sweep. Jonathan Orech contributed seven kills and six digs for the North Stars (26-5, 5-0 UEC River). Jack Harbaugh and Kevin Beach had five kills apiece.
Geneva 2, Elgin 0 (25-21, 25-15): At Elgin, Geneva finished 4-1 in the UEC River while notching the program's first 20-win campaign in three seasons of existence. Will Hince (12 assists), Mason Stierwalt (nine kills) and Brandon Navigato (nine digs) led the charge.
St. Francis 5, Walther Lutheran 0: At Wheaton, Chris Chacko and Matt Armbrust keyed St. Francis' singles sweep.