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Acosta, DePue reign on Homecoming

DEPUE — It was Homecoming Week at DePue High School and Carlos Acosta reigned as king on the soccer field once again.
The junior forward scored four goals to lead the Little Giants to a 6-0 win over Monmouth-Roseville Saturday as DePue celebrated the 2012 Homecoming along the shores of Lake DePue.
Acosta said it’s always nice to win on Homecoming.
The Little Giants have got their game back on just in time for regionals which start up Wednesday at Rock Island. After a good start to the season, the Little Giants went on a tailspin, losing five games in a row.
“The team’s talent level increased and the team’s physicality level increased, and we just didn’t respond the way we normally do, due to that,” DePue coach Tim Stevens said. “It’s not how good you play during the season, its how you play at the end. It’s a psychology edge to take the No. 1 team at regional and take them to task.”
Acosta said it was just about getting back together as a team.
“We calmed down, talked about it and saw where our downfalls were. We tightened up things well and are keeping it up well. I’m glad to say we’re back in the field of play,” he said.
Acosta sure was back in the field of play Saturday. His four goals give him 29 for the season in 16 matches and 81 for his career.
“The team has been helping very well. All the players on my team have been upon the top and doing good things getting me the ball,” he said.
C.J. Saecho, who had two assists on the day, found Acosta in front of the net in the closing minutes and Acosta knew what to do with it, scoring on a header to the left corner of the goal.
“It was a forfeit pass from C.J., I was just waiting for it and (went) just right in the corner. Perfect,” he said.
Eduardo Quintana got the Little Giants on the board first. After three straight by Acosta, Ezequiel Sandoval got in on the fun with what they call a taco goal, in DePue, “because it boomerangs in,” Stevens said.
With a victory over the top-seed at regional in hand, the Little Giants (8-7-1) head into postseason play to take on No. 2 Princeton (14-8-1) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Rock Island. The county rivals last met in the 2009 regionals with Princeton prevailing on a “golden goal.”
“We lost three years ago when I was in eighth grade, and we’re very excited to play them again,” Acosta said.
Stevens said he wouldn’t call Princeton their big rival, because they don’t play them like they do Earlville each year. But he did say the Little Giants are excited to play the Tigers.

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