GHS slides past DeKalb

Amy Carton
Alex Radue boots the corner kick into play for the Lady Leafs May 3 against DeKalb.

Geneseo’s girls’ soccer team went 3-0-1 this past week with two conference wins, one non-conference victory and a tie in NIB?12 play.

Geneseo vs. DeKalb

The Lady Leafs were locked in a tight battle with DeKalb May 3 in Geneseo where the home team was able to emerge with a 1-0 victory.

“That goes back to the one goal games like a lot of games should be,” said head coach Ian Kline. “It was a very high level game and highly competitive. The girls defended well and we had a number of chances, but we just couldn’t put it in.”

Jade Mariman scored the only goal of the contest on the assist from?Alex Radue at the 33-minute mark to put Geneseo up 1-0.

The Lady Leafs were able to hang on to their lead through the remainder of the contest for the win.

Geneseo finished the game with 10 shots on goal and McKenzie Carey had two saves in the net. DeKalb took two shots on goal and had seven saves.

Geneseo vs. Rock Island

After ending the game the night before in a tie, the Lady Leafs took care of business against Rock Island April 30 with a 5-0 win.

Geneseo punched through three goals in the first half, all unassisted from Radue at 8:24, Keatyn DeGrave at 11:49 and Mariman at 18:58.

Rachel Morton got in on the scoring action in the second half with an unassisted goal at 40:46, while Mariman added her second goal of the contest for the win on a penalty kick at 49:47.

The Lady Leafs took 15 shots on goal and had zero  saves in the net, while the Rocks were held without a shot on goal and had eight saves.

Geneseo vs. Sycamore

On April 29, Geneseo’s and Sycamore’s conference match up ended in a 2-2 tie with neither team being able to gain the advantage on the other.

“There was a lot of transition play and Sycamore really possessed the ball well so we had to defend,” said Kline. “We could have possessed the ball more, but all in all the girls played a good game and Sycamore made us work. Those are the games that make you better.”

After a scoreless first half, the Lady Leafs put the go ahead goal on the board with an unassisted goal by Mariman at 43:00.

Sycamore tied the game up 1-1 6:00 later when Daron Michelle scored an unassisted goal at 49:00.

Morton broke the tie at the 61:00-mark with an unassisted goal for the 2-1 advantage, while Emma Morris answered with an unassisted goal at 68:00 to tie the game up at 2-2.

“We had chances in the game and so did they,” said Kline. “It was a hard fought game and I was happy with the way the girls played and the outcome.”

Neither team could break the tie in the remainder of the contest.

Geneseo finished the game with eight shots on goal and Carey had seven saves in the net.

Sycamore took nine shots on goal and had six goalie saves.

“We need these games to get better,” said Kline. “You gain confidence when you beat teams with ease, but we need to test ourselves for the postseason because we need to be at the top of our game.”

Geneseo vs. Streator

Geneseo sent its seniors out in a big way April 28 with a dominating 10-0 win over Streator.

“Streator came out intense, but I think we had too much for them to handle,” said Kline. “We had good, hardworking goals and we played to our level.”

Kelsey Nystrom got things started for the Lady Leafs with a goal at the 6:00-mark on the assist from Mariman.

DeGrave punched through her first goal of the game, unassisted at 13:00, while Morton followed 1:00 later with the third goal of the game on the assist from?DeGrave for the 3-0 lead.

Nystrom added another goal at the 19:00-mark on the assist from Jenny?Ford, while Morton came up with her second goal of the night on the assist from Kelsey Klein at 26:00.

Radue closed out the half on an unassisted goal at 29:00 to give the Lady Leafs the 6-0 advantage at the half.

Nystrom completed the hat trick 3:00 into the second half on the assist from Mariman, followed by DeGrave with an unassisted goal at 45:00.

Chelsea Rahmus contributed one goal at 53:00 to put Geneseo up 9-0, while Nystrom posted her fourth goal of the contest at 58:00.

Geneseo finished the game with 18 shots on goal, while Streator was held without an attempt.

The Lady Leafs (14-2-1 overall and 7-0-1 in the NIB 12) will be on the road next against Sterling at 4:30 pm. May 10.