Regional heartbreak for soccer
Photo: Taylor Opperman moves the ball during the Class 2A regional semifinal loss at Burlington Central on May 16. Photo by John DiDonna
by Mike Slodki
BURLINGTON—Kaneland High School’s current senior crop is the only group in school history to only know regional final action.
After the Class 2A regional semifinal at Burlington Central on May 16, those Lady Knights won’t even know that feeling again.
A hard-luck match against Crystal Lake Central (9-7) ended in a 1-0 loss.
Burlington Central then defeated Crystal Lake Central on Saturday evening in three overtimes for the regional plaque.
Kaneland’s loss dropped the season record to 12-6-1 (7-2-1 NIB-12).
Goalkeeper Jordan Ginther made key stops throughout the game, but Crystal Lake Central’s offense was on the move most of the match. Coupled with Kaneland’s choppy offense, it made for tough going capped by Maddie Edwards’ goal with seven minutes, 45 seconds left. Edwards launched a shot that landed in the right corner of the goal.
“She nailed it,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “Most goalies don’t even attempt at nailing that thing. If you’re going to lose, lose on a shot like that.”
“We were just hoping we could get things going,” Parillo said. “We just didn’t seem to be able to get anything going today. That’s a bummer.”
The Lady Knights had given up just 14 goals in the 2012 campaign.
Kaneland finished the season 7-3 in its last 10 matches, and was hoping to get through CLC for a date with BC, which had vanquished them on May 12.
Kaneland had lost the regional championship to CLC in 2009.
The Lady Knights went to a regional title match in 2010 and 2011, only to drop to Rosary.
KHS says goodbye in 2012 to Taylor White, Katie Taylor, Melissa Bohorquez and Abby Bend due to graduation.