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Late goals lift Duchesses

Dixon, Amboy softball fall; Missiles win big

Milledgeville's Shannon Graff prepares to hit the ball during the Missiles' game against River Ridge-Scales Mound at home on Friday. The Missiles won 12-5.
Milledgeville's Shannon Graff prepares to hit the ball during the Missiles' game against River Ridge-Scales Mound at home on Friday. The Missiles won 12-5.

Lauren Chacon scored a pair of goals in the final 5 minutes to lift the Dixon soccer team to a 2-1 victory against Streator on Friday in its opener at the Princeton Invite.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Dixon controlled things throughout the second half, and finally capitalized down the stretch. After hitting the post more than once, the Duchesses broke through with Chacon’s goal off a Cristin Rozek assist to tie the match with 5 minutes left.

Chacon scored on a header for the winner with 20 seconds left, after a nice cross pass from Kirsten DeArvil.

Sterling starts 1-0-1: After tying Ottawa 0-0 in their Princeton Invite opener, the Golden Warriors beat Streator 2-1.

Natalie Herrera and Julia Diaz scored goals for Sterling.

Softball

Geneseo 2, Dixon 0: The Duchesses (3-4) dropped a close one on the road in their conference opener. 

Erin Smith (3-3) pitched the complete game, and took the loss. She allowed four hits, with a walk and a strikeout in six innings. Brooke Bailey had two hits for the Duchesses, and Smith added a double. 

The Leafs’ Jena Reddig got the game’s lone RBI to help her own cause. 

Sherrard 1, Amboy 0: A run in the top of the first inning was all it took to send the Clippers to their first loss of the season, a Three Rivers crossover game on the road.

Destinee Oenes allowed one run and five hits in the tough-luck loss for Amboy (7-1). ISU signee Riley Strandgard had two hits and the lone RBI for Sherrard, and Spencer Strandgard struck out six and walked one in a three-hit shutout.

Milledgeville 12, Scales Mound-River Ridge 5: Morgan Adolph homered, doubled, and drove in five runs as the Missiles won at home.

Kayleigh Leddy also homered and drove in two, while Jenna Bibler added two RBIs. Taylor Grenoble and Courtney Swalve had three hits.

Track

Rockets eighth at Galesburg: Paced by a second-place finish from its 3,200 relay team, Rock Falls finished eighth in the 12-team Galesburg Invitational.

The Rockets had 27.33 points. Peoria Notre Dame led the way with 100.

Rock Falls’ 3,200 relay team of Dallas Clevenger, Katie Anderson, Bailee Smith and Makaley Velazquez finished second with a time of 10 minutes, 8.87 seconds.

Clevenger also took second in the 400 (1:00.41), while Mireya Arella was third in the shot put (33 feet, 5 inches).

Friday’s stars

Lauren Chacon, Dixon soccer, 2 goals, including game-winner with 20 seconds left

Dallas Clevenger, RF track, 2nd in 400, 3,200 relay

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