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Huntley rolls to girls soccer regional title

ROCKFORD – The Huntley girls soccer team had the revenge factor in its favor.

After losing, 2-1, to McHenry on May 2 for their only Fox Valley Conference Valley Division loss of the season, the Red Raiders had something to prove in the Class 3A Guilford Regional final against the Warriors.

Top-seeed Huntley responded with a 7-0 win over second-seed McHenry for its seventh straight regional title.

"After what happend in the first game, we just wanted to show that we were coming out to play today," Huntley midfielder Taryn Jakubowski said.

Jakubowski and forward Deanna Hecht each scored three goals for the Red Raiders (17-4-1), as Huntley put on the offensive pressure early and didn't let up on the Warriors (7-10-1).

The Red Raiders had a few chances to score early in the match before finally finding converting at the 24-minute mark.

Katie Costantino's corner kick deflected off a McHenry defender for the first goal. Six minutes later, Jakubowski got her first goal of the game. The freshman midfielder got the ball in the middle off the penalty box after a Jessica Brock pass, juked a defender and the goalkeeper, and put the ball in the bottom right corner of the goal. Two minutes later, Hecht was set up for her first goal when a deflection put the ball right in front of her, and she blasted it past the keeper.

"They came out and took every second they could away from McHenry today," Red Raiders coach Kris Grabner said. "That's what we tried to do all year, just take time away from people. Make them play when they don't want to play."

Hecht showed off her leg strength on her second goal, and on Jakubowski's third. Hecht fired a shot that hit McHenry keeper Erica Patterson in the hands and bounced in for a goal with six minutes left in the first half. Hecht's penalty kick was stopped by a diving Patterson, but Jakubowski cleaned up the deflection to complete the hat trick.

Warriors coach Jim Nelson said the turf field accelerates deflections and rebounds. After getting the win in May, Nelson said Huntley's pressure was too much.

"The first goal kind of deflated us, and in a game like this, those little deflating moments can cost you," Nelson said.

The Red Raiders face Barrington on Tuesday in a Jacobs Sectional semifinal in Algonquin. After losing to Barrington last season in sectionals, Hecht said the team is looking forward to a new opportunity.

"That was definitley what we worked for this season," Hecht said. "Getting back to that stage and bringing back a victory."

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