DeKALB – In what is shaping up as a two team battle for the top of the conference, the Sycamore Spartan soccer team took the upper hand with a 1-0 victory over the DeKalb Barbs.
In a tight match, Drew Tronc scored the only goal of the game for the Spartans on a breakaway at 36:31 in the second half.
“It’s the best feeling I’ve had this season so far. It’s always nice to score against the team you’ve been looking forward to playing all year,” Tronc said. “We still have one more game against them, so we have to stay focused.”
The Spartans (5-2-2, 3-0) withstood an aggressive and attacking Barb offense throughout the game thanks to some strong defense and goal keeping by senior Patrik Smith.
“All season long, we’ve kind of been that team that has to defend. We’re not a possession team,” Sycamore coach David Bachta said. “The kids know their roles and they defend hard.”
Despite DeKalb’s (4-1-2, 1-1) possession on offense, they couldn’t finish in the offensive zone.
“We were winning the balls in the middle third of the field, but then we were giving them the ball in our offensive third. We weren’t getting dangerous. The ball wasn’t getting dangerous. Guys with the ball weren’t getting dangerous. Basically we’d work hard to get the ball and then give it right back,” DeKalb coach Brett McIntosh said.
The game got a little physical as the game got tighter and players from both teams received yellow cards.
“These are rivalry games. When you’re five minutes away and most of these kids play each other in the summertime, there’s a lot of emotion. You can’t take that out of the game,” Bachta said.
By the numbers: For Sycamore, Adam “Josh” Tecza assisted on the goal by Tronc.
Beyond the stats: The Spartans are riding a four-game win streak in which they have not allowed a goal.
They said it: “Just weather the storm. It’s just going to keep coming at you, it’s just going to keep coming at you because DeKalb is quality,” Bachta said.
Up next: DeKalb play at Yorkville on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.. Sycamore hosts Morris at 4:30 on Thursday.