The Geneseo girls’ soccer team went 1-1 this past week as the squad defeated Rock Island, but dropped one to DeKalb.
Geneseo vs. Rock Island
The Lady Leafs bounced back from a tough loss to DeKalb April 26 to shut out visiting Rock?Island, 5-0 April 28.
“I thought we did alright, but we could have done better since Rocky was not a strong team,” said head coach Ian Kline. “We have to the ability to step up and play at a higher level.”
Rachel Morton punched in the first goal of the contest on the assist from Jade Mariman at the 14:34-mark in the first half.
Hannah Pace put Geneseo up 2-0 at the half with an unassisted goal at 26:47.
“We came out and played pretty well, but we didn’t finish as well as we could have,” said Kline.
Rachel?Smith, on the assist from?Kylie Gerhardt, knocked a goal past the Rock Island goalie at 57:27, while Kaylie Piekos added an unassisted goal at 66:45.
Kelsey Nystrom capped off the win with a goal on the assist from Alex Radue at 67:20.
Geneseo finished the game with 23 shots on goal and Darci Dietrich had no saves. Rock?Island was held without a shot on goal and made 18 goalie saves.
Geneseo vs. DeKalb
Geneseo and DeKalb were locked in a tight battle April 26 in DeKalb where the Barbs managed to emerge with the win, 1-0.
“The first half we played poorly and had to adjust to a different and larger turf field, but in the second half we played better,”?said Kline.?“DeKalb worked harder than we did, got one opportunity and made it count.”
DeKalb’s Abby Hickey scored the only goal of the game on the assist from Danielle Dalbal at 23:31 in the first half.
Geneseo finished the night with seven shots on goal and Dietrich made four saves in the net.
“We didn’t take advantage of our situations and shied away from hard plays against DeKalb,” said Kline.
DeKalb took six shots on goal and had six goalie saves.
The junior varsity defeated DeKalb by a score of 3-1.
Geneseo (14-1-1 overall and 7-1 in the NIB 12) will host Rochelle next at 4:30 p.m. May 8.
“The girls need to learn that they need to play up to their level every game and they need to execute,”?said Kline.