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Area roundup: G-K wins regional semifinal

The Genoa-Kingston boys soccer team kept its season alive with a 2-0 win over Christian Liberty Academy in a semifinal of the Class 1A St. Edward Regional.

The Cogs came in as the No. 5 seed and knocked off No. 4 CLA. They’ll face the host and No. 1 seed in the title game at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Jacob Smith broke open the scoreless game with a goal in the 63rd minute. Seven minutes later Alejo Pacheco added an insurance goal.

The Cogs outshot the Chargers, 19-5.

The winner of Saturday’s final will advance to the Class 1A Genoa-Kingston Sectional, with a semifinal at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Stillman Valley or Oregon.

Barbs come from behind: DeKalb trailed at halftime but scored a pair of second-half goals to beat Geneva, 2-1.

Mauro Talamantes tied the game with 23:50 left in the game, lofting a shot over the Vikings’ goalie.

With 18:07 left, Isaak Cordova scored to give the Barbs the lead for good.

DeKalb opens regional play by hosting Hononegah at 5 p.m. Tuesday.


Kaneland cruises past Morris: The Knights rolled, 25-7, 25-16.

Kaneland improved to 9-0 in conference and 24-4 overall.


NIU returns to DeKalb for homecoming: After three consecutive road matches, the Huskies return to Victor E. Court this weekend to host Akron at 7 p.m. Friday and Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“The most important thing for us right now is to defend our home court,” coach Ray Gooden said. “We’ve done a good job of that in conference right now. For us to continue that against Akron, who has won back-to-back matches, and Buffalo, who has pieces that are physical and can score points in spurts, it’s important for us to put together another pair of matches at Victor E. Court.”

NIU comes into the weekend at 4-2 in the Mid-American Conference, one match behind Ball State and Eastern Michigan for first place in the West Division.

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