KHS soccer trumps Sycamore for first time; steadies for regional

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland High School girls soccer continues to add on to its season of greatest hits, and it’s evident the squad doesn’t want the music to stop.

On Thursday, Kaneland defeated visiting Sycamore 1-0, marking the first time in school history that either the boys or girls outfit has defeated Sycamore.

On Friday and Saturday, KHS then hosted the inaugural Kaneland Klassic, and came away with the first-place nod after a scoreless tie vs. the visiting Burlington Central Rockets.

The regular season came to an end with a 5-0 loss at Batavia on Tuesday.

However, KHS has now eclipsed it’s record for season victories, and sits at 14-2-5 (3-2-2 WSC) on the campaign, ready for regional action.

Against the Spartans, the lone goal was scored by Sophie Blank, assisted by Emily Heimerdinger.

With Sycamore desperate to score a goal, Lady Knight captain Haley Johnson was among those trying to put a stop to the Spartans.

“You’re definitely focusing on the defensive aspect and trying to stop goals, and that becomes the important part,” Johnson said.

Coach Scott Parillo was pleased as to how things went down.

“We’ve never, ever, ever beat Sycamore before and we finally did,” Parillo said. “It’s a conference win and that’s huge, that gives us three for the season, and this is huge for the seniors.”

The Lady Knights, at No.1 seed, will play the fourth-seeded Aurora Central Catholic Lady Chargers on Tuesday, May 18 at 4 p.m. at Rosary High School in Aurora. The winner of that encounter faces off against the winner of No. 2 Rosary and No. 3 Illinois Math & Science Academy who duke it out on Wednesday, May 19, in the Class 2A regional championship set for Saturday, May 22.

The winner of the Rosary Regional heads off to the Hampshire Sectional against potentially Hampshire or Marian Central Catholic.

Photo: Lady Knight Emily Heimerdinger will be looked on for a big match if Kaneland is to have Rosary Regional success on Tuesday, May 18, against Aurora Central Catholic File Photo