HUNTLEY – Every time Huntley and Crystal Lake Central face each other in girls soccer, it ends up being a well-played, low-scoring affair.
Tuesday night’s Fox Valley Conference crossover battle between the Red Raiders and Tigers was yet another example of that with Taryn Jakubowski’s second-half goal being the only score of the match as Huntley came away with a 1-0 victory over Central. The game was dominated by quality goalkeeping from both Central’s Caitlyn Dayton and Huntley’s Jessica Galason.
Jakubowski’s goal came with 24 minutes to play when she got control of a loose ball and fired it past Dayton. It was one of many chances that Huntley had in the match but the only shot that they could get past Dayton, who came up with several big saves to keep the game scoreless up to that point.
Jakubowski said that her goal came as a result of a solid pass from one of her teammates.
“Katie Costantino did a great job of getting to the first ball, she laid it back to me and I had my shot, so I just took it and made it,” Jakubowski said. “It feels really good (to get a win). We’ve had a rocky start and we have gotten better so this was a good game for us to get back our momentum.”
The Red Raiders (6-2) would have scored more but Dayton stopped several chances from Huntley. A breakaway by Samantha Bessey was stopped by Dayton and then, moments later in the first half, Alexandra Sunter had a chance that Dayton once again denied. Huntley coach Kris Grabner said that he came up with a plan at halftime to try to finally get a goal.
“We had talked at halftime about attacking the wings and trying to get that early service in,” Grabner said. “I was over there calling for the early service and the defender had done a great job of closing it down.
"Katie cut her back pretty hard and put in a good serve. They defended that well. Taryn put herself in the right spot. The ball bounced out to her and she hit it well.”
Dayton would finish with seven saves for the Tigers (3-2) while Galason had four saves for the Red Raiders. Central coach Jay Schwartzrock said that while his team didn’t win the game, he was very pleased with how they played.
“Give our girls credit. They could have easily came in and been intimidated by the team Huntley has. They have a very good side,” Schwartzrock said. “We felt we could play with them this year and we did that.
"We bent and we finally broke but I thought my girls played with a lot of moxy and a lot of poise. They had moments where they got caught off-balance but they re-organized and did a great job of communicating. I was very proud of our effort.”