Rosary’s Lauren Frasca’s eyes welled with tears having endured every goalkeeper’s nightmare — a loss on a shot when the fingertips just weren’t long enough.
“I got my glove on it, but it’s just an unlucky play for us. Our one mistake,” Frasca said following Tuesday’s 1-0 setback to DeKalb in the Class 2A Hampshire Sectional semifinals.
Morgan Beaty scored her 23rd goal as DeKalb (14-3-4) advanced to a 6 p.m. Friday sectional championship game against Rockford Boylan (20-4).
“We knew she’s a really good keeper, and the only way to beat a good keeper is to go far post,” Beaty said. “She came off her line and that forces you to go far post, so that’s what I tried for. A far-post shot is the most dangerous for any keeper to defend.”
Having used a 3-1 penalty kick advantage to earn a 1-0 victory over Kaneland for another regional title, Rosary (10-12-2) was hoping to at least reach a sectional final for the third straight season.
For the majority of the first half, the Royals had the edge in overall attempts (6-3) and shots on goal (4-1), but it remained 0-0 against a DeKalb team that had shared its conference title with Kaneland.
DeKalb got aggressive offensively in the second half and Rosary defender Anna Sheen made an initial save before Frasca made a huge save on a follow-up.
With 27:34 left in regulation, the Wisconsin-Whitewater-signed Beaty once again accounted for all of the Barbs’ goals in a current four-game win streak.
There was 18:20 left when Alexis Hammond had a breakaway for DeKalb and blasted a shot toward Frasca, who made a last-second kick save. The DePaul-bound goalkeeper then rushed out to smother another breakaway. All but one of her six saves came during crucial moments in the second half.
Unfortunately for Rosary, DeKalb goalkeeper Maddie Frye was equal to the challenge, also making six saves for her 13th shutout.
“This whole season has been an uphill battle for us and the heart of this team is simply phenomenal,” Rosary coach Brian Frank said. “Whether conference games or the playoffs, we still have people no where near 100 percent out there giving over 100 percent.
“I can’t be prouder of their effort, it’s just disappointing not to get the outcome we worked so hard for.”
With a 5-0 halftime lead, Boylan came out of a 30-minute lightning delay to breeze to a 9-0 win over Marian Central Catholic (5-18) behind Sydney Wright’s four-goal performance.