Boylan squeaks out a Regional soccer championship over Freeport

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The much anticipated rematch between Boylan and Freeport in girls soccer went Boylan’s way Friday night. The Titans edged the Pretzels 1-0 to claim their own Class 2A Regional Championship.

The only goal of hte game was scored in the final two minutes. Leah Haney’s corner kick led to Leah Starnes booting in the game-winning goal.

“I was thinking, ‘It’s now or never,” said Starnes. “I told Brooke right before, I was like, ‘This is the goal. This is it.’ We always shout ‘2:12’ and I looked at the clock and it was like 2:10 and I was like ‘This is the goal.”

“Starnes has been a rock in the back,” said Boylan head coach Taylor Meyers. “She has saved a ton of goals for us. For her to finally, in this big of a game get that moment to put a goal away for us, it’s powerful.”

Boylan had defeated Freeport 2-0 in their regular season matchup in early May leading the Titans to the NIC-10 championship.

Boylan heads to the 2A Hampshire Sectional next week. The Titans will play Crystal Lake Central at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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