HAMPSHIRE – DeKalb’s Morgan Beaty collected a pass on the right side of the box and her shot went across the face of goal and bounced past a diving Lauren Frasca as the DeKalb girls soccer team topped Rosary, 1-0, in Tuesday's IHSA Class 2A Hampshire Sectional semifinal.
“Obviously, a 1-0 loss in the sectional semifinal is something tough to deal with,” Royals coach Brian Frank said. “I was proud with how the team played. We were short-handed coming in and still beat up, but we have been beat up the whole season.”
In the first half, Rosary and DeKalb fought through a midfield battle. There were a total of seven shots in the half and two shots on target for the two teams combined. Things finally started to open up in the second half.
Five minutes into the second half, Rosary's Maria Witte tried to catch DeKalb goalkeeper Maddie Frye napping with a quick free kick but, the goalie was equal to the test.
The Rosary forwards started to put the pressure on the Barb defenders could not break them down. With under a minute to go, the Royals had a deep free kick inside DeKalb territory. Anna Sheen threw in a cross but it was eventually cleared for a corner kick.
The Barbs dealt with the corner and the game was over, ending Rosary's season at 10-12-1. The Royals upset Kaneland on Saturday to win a regional title.
“[This season] was really challenging for me and the girls. They showed a lot of heart coming through. I could not be more proud of my girls right now,” Frank said.
IHSA Class 2A St. Francis Sectional: Wheaton Academy's season came to a close with a 2-1 loss to Nazareth Academy in the sectional semifinal.
IHSA Class 3A Burlington Central Regional: Sycamore's chances of pulling off a big upset against Burlington Central in the Class 3A Burlington Central Regional semifinals were throttled quickly. The Rockets, the top seed, got six runs in the first inning on their way to a 12-0, five-inning win over the fifth-seeded Spartans.
Central (22-9) had its first six batters score runs in the first inning. The Rockets were able to get on base and score in a number of different ways, using solid hitting and speed. The Rockets added three more runs in the second thanks to an Emily Kisch three-run homer against Sycamore starter Taylor Zak, who took the loss, and got another in the third and two more in the fourth.
"Last week, we had a great practice after our loss to DeKalb," Central coach Wade Maisto said. " … Wednesday and Thursday, our defense was really good. When we are playing our defense like we're playing right now, we're playing a different level. And it's nice, I'm getting some good swings from different people."
Central advances to Saturday's regional championship game, where the Rockets will play the winner of today's semifinal between Kaneland and Genoa-Kingston.
Courtni Neubauer finished 3 for 3 with two runs scored and two stolen bases for Central. Kessa Gaylord was 2 for 3 with two runs scored, a double and an RBI and Bekah Harnish went 2 for 2 with two runs scored, a walk and an RBI.
IHSA Class 4A Benet Regional: Batavia's season came to a close with a 20-1, five inning loss to host Benet. The Bulldogs close the regular season with a 10-20 record.
IHSA Class 3A St. Francis Regional: Host St. Francis overwhelmed Illinois Math and Science Academy, 17-0, in five innings. The Spartans advance to face the winner of today's Evergreen Park-Timothy Christian game in Saturday's regional final.
Schaumburg Regional: Like Spicer had 12 kills and RJ Yoder added 11 kills as St. Charles East won its regional semifinal against host Schaumburg, 28-26, 16-25, 25-17. The Saints advance to today's regional final against Buffalo Grove.
Buffalo Grove advanced by ousting Geneva, 26-24, 21-25, 25-19, in another semifinal. Junior Sam Wulfkuhle had nine kills and four blocks and Brandon Navigato added 16 digs for the Vikings.
St. Charles North Regional: Host North dropped its regional semifinal against Glenbard North, 25-22, 20-25, 25-15.
Metea Valley Regional: St. Francis defeated Hinsdale Central, 25-21, 25-18, in a regional semifinal. The Spartans advance to tonight's regional final against Glenbard East.
• Travis Zuellig and Steve Nitz contributed to this report.