by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”For Kaneland girls soccer, it’s quite alright to party like its 2005.
For the 2010 version of the Lady Knights is easily the best since the version five years ago, evidenced by KHS taking the Blackhawk Invite title at West Aurora on April 14.
The 3-0 win over Rochelle cinched the deal, and continued Kaneland girls soccer’s best start in school history.
On Saturday, KHS managed a 1-1 tie vs. Burlington Central, stopping a seven-match win streak, but continuing an unbeaten streak.
On Monday, Kaneland finished off host Marengo by a 6-1 count.
Tuesday had Kaneland battle host DeKalb to a 1-1 draw.
The Lady Knights now sit at 8-0-2.
Against the Western Sun Conference rival Hubs, scoring threat Emily Heimerdinger had a shot stopped five minutes in, while Katie Taylor’s opportunity seven minutes later was also stymied.
Kaneland finally hit the net when Heimerdinger received a centered pass from Taylor in the box and scored with 21:03 remaining in the first half.
With a chance to do more damage, Heimerdinger rocketed a shot from just outside the box to give KHS a 2-0 lead with four ticks left in the half.
“(Asst. coach Travis) Bickley said to me, watch and we’ll score with less than a minute left, and sure enough we did. They’re talented enough and they believe in themselves enough that even when they’re lackluster, they’re going to win,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.
“2-0 is a good lead, I guess, but it’s not where we wanted to be,” Heimerdinger said. “They were still in it.”
Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Ginther, who’s allowed just three attempts to get past her through eight matches, continued her strong play in the second half.
Heimerdinger attributes the above-average play in the net as one of the perks of a fantastic start.
“The shutouts are the biggest thing; Jordan has been playing great and our defense is stopping everything,” Heimerdinger said.
The scoring column was closed with 22 seconds remaining in the contest, thanks to a Shelby Koester goal that occured despite two Rochelle defenders hanging with her every step.
Against the host Indians, KHS went out to a 4-1 lead at the half before tacking on two more.
Heimerdinger scored twice and had two assists, while Colleen Gebauer had two of her own. Sophie Blank had a goal and assist while Sam Wantuch scored her first goal of the 2010 campaign.
Heimerdinger scored goal No. 14 on the year in the first half against DHS, but the Lady Barbs rallied in the second half to tie.
KHS faces Yorkville on Thursday, April 22.
Lady Knights Soccer:
Alive and Kicking
EMILY HEIMERDINGERâ€”14 goals
SHELBY KOESTERâ€”6 goals
THALIA GARCIAâ€”3 goals
COLLEEN GEBAUERâ€”3 goals
ANDIE BRUCEâ€”3 goals
KATIE TAYLORâ€”2 goals
SOPHIE BLANKâ€”2 goals
SAM WANTUCHâ€”1 goal
Kaneland has outscored its opponents 34-5 in 2010.