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Game report: Barrington 6, Rolling Meadows 0

By Mike Garofola, 05/02/24, 3:30PM CDT


BARRINGTON -- Barrington thrilled a huge Senior Night crowd with a six-goal explosion to defeat visiting Rolling Meadows and officially secure its unprecedented 12th-consecutive Mid-Suburban League West Division crown.

The 6-0 home victory sends the Fillies (14-1-1) to the 34th-annual Soccer Cup on May 8 against East Division champion Hersey in a rematch of last year's title contest played in Arlington Heights at Roland Goins Stadium.

"I am very happy for all of our seniors, happy that we'll be hosting the Soccer Cup next week and happy with the way we played during a pair of 20-minute sequences in each half, especially in the second half," said Fillies manager Ryan Stengren.

The home side took control of this match, on a night that also spotlighted youth soccer,  thanks to first half goals from Piper Lucier, Aybree Sanchez and Madeline Lewis. Each came in the first 20 minutes.

Lucier bagged the opener when she curled in a Roos VanRoekel corner in the fourth minute.

Sanchez went toward the endline before sending her low drive just inside the far netting at 13 minutes. Lewis followed shortly thereafter to triple the Fillies advantage.

Stengren brought on senior Emily Lewis between the sticks for his all-state keeper Megan Holland at 25 minutes. There were plenty of minutes for all throughout the Barrington roster.

"We were able to play everyone tonight, which will help keep everyone fresh and ready for our final game of the regular-season at Hoffman Estates on Friday night," said Stengren.

The home side stayed after it after intermission. In rapid-fire succession it added three more to the scoreboard.

Seniors Kaitlin Taylor, Maddy Ziebarth and VanRoekel found the back of the net during a 13-minute blitz.

VanRoekel showed a remarkably deft and sublime one-touch over Mustangs keeper Molly Dudle after Stengren moved his centerback into the midfield.

"We did a lot of good things tonight," began Stengren.

"(We) possessed well, kept the ball moving, especially in the second half, and had most, if not all of the play pretty much in the second half. But we all know we can be better, and that's what we'll continue to work on."

The three points from the win insured second place Fremd cannot overcome the Fillies. Barrington, which is ranked third in the Chicagoland Soccer Top 25, holds the tiebreaker after its 3-0 victory against the Vikings earlier in the season.

Opposing manager Mike Drenth praised the Fillies. 

"(That) is an outstanding team we played tonight. (Their) second team would be competitive with a lot of teams out there," he said.

Drenth also singled out his senior centerback and captain Abby Rogers for her valiant effort.

The Mustangs fell to 6-8-3 and 3-5-2, and will close its league schedule with its regular-season finale against Hersey on Friday.