Soccer finishes second at KHS Classic, brandishes 11 wins

By on May 12, 2011

Photo: How productive was your week? Sophie Blank scored seven goals and contributed two assists in a packed stretch for Lady Knights soccer. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—Despite weather that could generously be described as “dumpy,” Kaneland High School soccer’s fortunes are heating up.

Kaneland routed Hinckley-Big Rock (H-BR) on May 4, and followed that match with a busy KHS Klassic, featuring a Friday win over Streamwood, a tie vs. Woodstock on Saturday and a shutout loss to Burlington Central. The Lady Knights continued their latest tour with a Monday tie vs. Morris and a 7-0 rout of Rochelle. The latest action sees Kaneland end the regular season with an 11-8-3 mark in season play (6-3-1 Northern Illinois Big XII).

In the 7-0 win over the Lady Royals of H-BR, Emily Heimerdinger, Brittany Olson and Sophie Blank found the net in the first half, while second-half goals were supplied by Heimerdinger and Blank in alternating order.

In the win over the Sabres at the Klassic, Delaney Stryczek’s goal 12 minutes in kept KHS in a 1-1 tie at the break before goals by Heimerdinger and Katie Taylor within 52 seconds of each other iced the match.

Against Woodstock, Abby Bend scored with 25:54 to go in the first half, and Blank scored with 12:28 to go, leading into the scoreless second half for both sides.

After the 3-0 shutout loss to the Lady Rockets sent Kaneland to a second-place slot at its own tournament, the Lady Knights battled Morris in a make-up match.

The lone goal for host KHS against the Lady Redskins was a Heimerdinger goal with 15:36 to go in the first half, on an assist from Taylor.

On Tuesday in Ogle County, the Lady Knights lit up the scoreboard with six first-half goals.

Heimerdinger scored just 2:24 into the contest, and Blank followed up with a score 20 minutes later. Heimerdinger scored her second goal to give KHS a 3-0 edge just 48 seconds later.

Bend followed up with back-to-back goals before Blank capped the scoring barrage.

Blank’s goal with 34:28 to go was the lone second-half goal.

Meanwhile, the JV team coached by Travis Berth and Janet Barry ended the regular season at 11-7-4 (7-5-1 conference) with a win over Rochelle.

With the regular season now in the books, Kaneland now gears up for the IHSA Class 2A Regional at Rosary High School in Aurora. The second-seeded Lady Knights are set to clash with (3) Illinois Math and Science Academy coached by Sal Tamayo on Wednesday, May 18, at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Titans are 11-7-1.

The winner of that match faces either top-seeded Rosary, No. 4 Aurora Central Catholic or No. 5 Yorkville in the regional title match on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m.

Last year, the Lady Knights defeated Aurora Central Catholic before losing to Rosary in the regional final.

About Mike Slodki

Mike Slodki is a sports reporter for the Elburn Herald. You can reach him at MSlodki@elburnherald.com.

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