The Sterling girls soccer team fell 8-0 at Sycamore on Thursday.
The Spartans jumped out early on the Golden Warriors (1-6), with Karli Kruizenga connecting on a shot in traffic in the sixth minute. Ella Shipley and Kruizenga added first-half goals as the Spartans took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Shipley needed only 34 seconds to score the first goal of the second half. A ball popped through the Sterling defense at midfield and Shipley chased it down past the defenders, beating Sterling goalkeeper Jessica White 1-on-1 for the goal.
For Sterling, there wasn’t much of an attack on offense. But the Sycamore offense peppered White throughout the game, with the Sterling senior turning away a few opportunities.
Kruizenga got behind the Sterling defense and sought to complete her first-half hat trick, but White came up with the save. Ellie Gasso also sped back and disrupted some Sycamore attacks.
Hailey Walters had the best scoring chance for the Golden Warriors, going 1-on-1 with Sycamore keeper Lilly Horne. Both made diving plays after the ball, with Horne wrapping it up in the first half.
“At halftime it was the game we expected it to be,” Sterling coach Alexandra Miller said. “But we’re still a young team and learning, and things got away in the second half.”
Rockford Christian 2, Oregon 0: The Hawks fell in Big Northern play to fall to 1-3 overall.
Sterling swept by Quincy: The Golden Warriors lost a pair of Western Big 6 road games, falling 5-0 in Game 1 and 13-4 in Game 2.
In the first game, a five-run fifth provided the Blue Devils with all the offense they needed.
Colt Adams, Noel Aponte, Ryan Heffelfinger and Carter Stingley each had hits, all of them singles, for the Warriors.
Blake Nettleton pitched five innings and allowed five runs, two of them earned, on six hits and struck out four.
Noah Harbin struck out 11 in a complete game for Quincy.
In Game 2, Sterling led 3-1 after a three-run third, but Quincy responded with a run in its half of the third, and seven more in the fourth.
Daylen Stone and Adams each had two hits. Adams had a pair of doubles, and Adams and Aponte both drove in runs.
Newman sweeps St. Bede: The Comets won a pair of games over the Bruins.
The Comets won the first game 9-6 thanks to a nine-run first inning.
Jake Ackman and Brendan Tunink each drove in a pair of runs. Ackman and Ethan Van Landuit each hit a triple.
Blake Wolfe allowed six runs, two earned, on nine hits.
In Game 2, the Bruins led 4-1 after two, but Newman scored six in the third and three in the fourth for a 10-6 win.
Brennan Cook drove in three runs. Cody Donna drove in two. Donna, Cook and Nolan Britt each had two hits.
Tunink pitched three innings and struck out four, allowing four runs on eight hits.
Eastland 19, AFC 1: The Cougars scored 14 runs in the fourth and beat the Raiders in Ashton.
Owen Rogers earned the win for Eastland, allowing three hits, all singles, and striking out six.
Kamden Baber doubled and drove in two runs for Eastland. Gabe York had a pinch-hit RBI double in the fourth, and Cason Witt followed him with an RBI single.
AFC’s run came in the first, when Braiden Runkle drove in Jordan Harris with a single. Only one AFC baserunner got into scoring position after that.
Milledgeville 11, Polo 1: The Marcos scored a run in the bottom of the first in their NUIC match-up with the Missiles, and that was the only scoring until the Missiles answered with 11 runs in the sixth.
Caden VanDyke had a pair of hits and drove in five runs. Treyton Selman and Noah Newstrand also had two hits for the Missiles.
Parker Wolber and Nolan Hahn each had two hits for Polo.
Milledgeville’s Kieren Harris struck out five while scattering seven hits.
Forreston 12, Amboy 0: The Clippers were limited to three hits in a loss to the Cardinals.
Forreston scored eight runs in the first and four more in the second.
Sterling sweeps Quincy: The Golden Warriors made the long road trip and came away with wins of 23-1 in four innings and 24-1 in five innings against the Blue Devils.
Sterling scored 10 runs in the first inning of the opener, and finished with 20 hits. Amayia Hernandez drove in five runs, and Bree Borum had four hits and three RBIs. Sienna Stingley and Olivia Melcher had three hits each, and Ellie Leigh drove in four runs. Leigh gave up one unearned run and two hits, striking out eight and walking one.
In the second game, Sterling scored 21 runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by Hernandez’s two home runs in the frame; she finished with three hits and six RBIs. Hannah Jacoby had three hits and four RBIs, Lauren Jacobs added two hits and four RBIs, and Leigh drove in three more runs. Riley Dittmar added four hits, including a triple, and scored three runs. Elizabeth Palumbo gave up one earned run and one hit, striking out 11 without a walk.
St. Bede 4, Newman 3: The Comets fell in a Three Rivers game on the road.
Jordan Morthland had two hits and two RBIs for Newman, and Carlin Brady also drove in a run. Ady Waldschmidt added two hits.
Morthland allowed four runs (two earned) and six hits in five innings, striking out two. Waldschmidt struck out two in a hitless, scoreless innings of relief.
Oregon 9, Indian Creek 1: The Hawks cruised to a nonconference win behind 14 strikeouts in six innings in the circle from Mia Trampel.
Jesse Suter hit a home run. Lena Trampel and Bella Koertner each had two hits.
Eastland 11, AFC 2: The Cougars scored three in the first, four in the fifth and three in the sixth in a win over the Raiders.
Addison Burkholder went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. Mia Knebel and Bailey Thede each hit triples.
Burkholder struck out four in three hitless innings in the circle.
Lyla Fike and Jordyn Ellis got hits off of Eastland reliever Jenica Stoner, while Jessica Milligan drove in a run.
Orion 9, Fulton 6: The Steamers fell to the Chargers in the Three Rivers.
Mariah Underwood and Ally Reed both had two hits for Fulton. Reed had two RBIs.
Forreston 12, Amboy 2: The Cardinals scored in every inning, capped off by a five-run sixth.
Hannah Blanton struck out four for the Clippers and allowed 12 runs on 12 hits.
Earlville 8, West Carroll 4: The Thunder fell to Earlville.
Alee Schleuning drove in two runs, with an RBI single in the first and another as part of a three-run seventh. Lacey Eissens added a double.
Geneseo 54, Sterling 11: The Golden Warriors joined the springtime trend of wrestling in the open air, but fell to the Maple Leafs at Bob Reade Field.
Sterling’s Drew Kested picked up a win at 152 pounds via technical fall. Jason Farnham got a pin at 285.
Fulton loses twice at Rockridge: The Steamers fell to Rockridge 41-22 and to Riverdale 60-6.
Against the Rockets, Fulton’s Kaleb Schipper pinned Donavin Martinez in 43 seconds at 220 pounds. Nate Portz pinned Sam Buser in 5:48 at 285. Braden VenHuizen took a 20-8 major decision in the 126 match over Nicolos Schmook. Ben Fosdick pinned Caleb Leach in 3:38 in the 132 match.
Against the Rams, Portz needed 34 seconds to pin Shane O’Hauer at 285.
Erie-Prophetstown splits: The Panthers picked up a 45-21 win over Morrison, but fell to Princeton 41-31.
Against the Mustangs, the Panthers’ Andrew Bomleny (195 pounds) and Logan Wheeler (220) both scored pins, while Nick Smith (126), Tyler Ballard (132) and Carter Jepson (138) won by decision.
Morrison’s Colton Linke took a decision at 145, and Kayden White got a pin at 182.
For E-P against the Tigers, Smith and Dean Otten (160) got pins, while Jacob Gibson (106) got a decision, and Ballard fought his way to a major decision.
Roby starts again for Thunder: Dixon native Isaiah Roby made his 29th career start in Oklahoma City’s 118-97 loss to the host Golden State Warriors on Thursday night.
Roby had six points, five rebounds and a steal in 24 minutes, shooting 3-for-6 from the floor and missing both of his 3-point attempts.
The Thunder (21-46) will play at Golden State again on Saturday at 9 p.m.