Photo: Michelle Ortiz fields a shot as keeper during Thursday’s 6-2 win in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference action in Yorkville. The Lady Knights prepare for their next challenge: the KHS Classic on Friday, May 6, and
Saturday, May 7. Photo by Ben Draper
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was a familiar setting for Kaneland soccer on Thursday, with chilly tempuratures and steady to heavy rains.
It’s been so familiar, in fact, that KHS coach Scott Parillo mentioned that the nicest conditions for Kaneland soccer occurred back on March 19, opening day in Geneseo.
However, with a 6-2 win in Yorkville and a 7-0 win against visiting Sterling on Tuesday, the fortunes of Lady Knights soccer look a little bit more sunny.
Kaneland’s mark is 8-7-1 with a 4-3 record in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.
In Yorkville, Sophie Blank had a hat trick, while Emily Heimerdinger added two goals and an assist. Delaney Stryzek scored on a header and had an assist, while Brittany Olson also had an assist.
Breaking a 2-2 halftime tie, Blank hit a shot at close range just two minutes, 55 seconds into the second half. Stryzek’s header near the box with 29:02 left made it 4-2.
Blank completed her hat trick with 17:46 to go on a tricky shot, and felt like the offense’s recent output makes the struggles like the first half a bit easier to bear.
“I don’t know what it is, maybe because we are young,” Blank said. “Our offense is very confident, we just have to remember what to do.”
Heimerdinger’s final goal came with 8:50 remaining.
“We wanted to actually execute a gameplan, which we didn’t do in the first half,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “The coaching staff let them know they weren’t happy. We played much better in the second half. It’s better to have some of the underclassmen scoring lately, because Sophie’s a senior and Emily’s a senior.”
Against Sterling, Heimerdinger scored twice and had three assists while goals were also scored by Olson, Katie Taylor and Taylor White.
The Lady Knights brave the KHS Classic on Friday May 6, and Saturday, May 7.