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Soccer

Area roundup: IC falls in semis, NIU soccer falls

The Indian Creek volleyball team lost in the semifinals of the Little Ten Conference tournament Thursday night, 25-17, 20-25, 25-18, to Earlville at Somonauk.

The Timberwolves will play Serena for third-place Friday.

Genoa-Kingston knocks off North Boone: Leea Perry had eight digs to lead the defensive effort in a 25-21, 25-17 win for the Cogs.

Lily McPherson had seven kills to lead the Cogs.

Kaneland rolls past DeKalb: The Knights cruised to a 25-10, 25-13 win.

Kaneland improved to 22-4 overall and 7-0 in the Northern Illinois Big 12 East.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

NIU falls to Ball State: A goal with less than five minutes to play in regulation helped Ball State spoil a comeback attempt by NIU as the Cardinals edged the Huskies, 2-1.

Junior Natalie Yass scored to even the game for the Huskies in the second half before the late Cardinals goal.

“Today was a good step forward, even though the result isn’t what we want,” NIU coach Julie Colhoff said. “It comes down to cleaning up some key decision-making moments, but overall I was very pleased, once we settled in, with the way we trusted the game plan. We executed, we combined, created chances and were more cohesive defensively. Those are all things that we can build off of. Now our challenge is, after one step forward, making sure it isn’t two steps back and to continue making steps forward.”

The Cardinals (6-3-2, 2-2-1 Mid-American Conference) went in front on a goal by Lauren Roll in the 12th minute.

NIU (1-12, 0-5) created its best chance of the opening half in the 33rd minute. The Huskies earned a corner that Yass took short to freshman Trudy Quidzinski whose dipping shot went just over the crossbar as Ball State took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.

LATE WEDNESDAY

Sycamore girls tennis beats Geneseo: The Spartans were 3-2 winners.

Elizabeth Egerman (6-0, 6-1) and Abby Krull (6-2, 6-1) won at singles, while at No. 3 doubles, Alyssa Cooley and Kylie Plagakis picked up the decisive 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) win.

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