PLANO — The Rochelle Lady Hub varsity soccer team found an opportune time to record its first Interstate 8 Conference victory of the season Wednesday evening. After falling against Sycamore in the opening round of the conference tournament, Rochelle faced Plano in the second round, rallying from a one-goal deficit in the first half to upset the Reapers 2-1.
Rochelle (2-10-1) will conclude the Interstate 8 Conference tournament on Saturday before gearing up to tackle Kaneland in the IHSA 2A Regional Semifinals. The seventh-seeded Lady Hubs will battle the second-seeded Knights at Kaneland on Tuesday, June 1 at 4:30 p.m.
The Lady Hubs outshot the Reapers 17-11 on Wednesday, with both teams recording seven shots on goal. Freshman Danica Ward totaled six saves in net for Rochelle. Plano emerged with the early lead, scoring in the 16th minute before Lady Hub freshman Kara Martinez brought Rochelle back and equalized the match in the 24th minute with the first of her two goals.
The match remained tied 1-1 at halftime before Rochelle pulled ahead on Martinez’s second goal of the evening in the 60th minute. The Lady Hubs shut out Plano in the second half.
Rochelle and Sycamore collided in the first round of the Interstate 8 Conference tournament on Monday, with the Spartans downing the Lady Hubs 9-0 and dropping Rochelle to 1-10-1 overall.