by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—KHS soccer picked up a much-welcomed conference win last Thursday against Rochelle, and added to the win column with another conference victory Tuesday at Yorkville.
After the 5-0 rout of visiting Rochelle, the Lady Knights’ momentum was stifled by non-conference St. Charles East at home on Saturday, 2-0, and under the lights in Geneva on Monday via 1-0 tally.
Through nine matches, Kaneland sits at 4-4-1 (3-1 Northern Illinois Big XII).
Against the Lady Hubs, the Lady Knights had plenty of opportunities to hit the back of the net in both halves, but success was hard to come by.
With 9:33 remaining in the first half, Madi Jurcenko finally converted for Kaneland on an assist by Jess Coia for a 1-0 lead before halftime.
The battle looked to be headed toward a close end, before KHS opened the scoring floodgates. Heather Ortiz scored the first of her two goals with 21:10, and then with 5:48 off a Jurcenko feed.
“The coaches were telling me not to think about it too much and to dribble because I had the foot skills. I went out there and tried to have fun,” Ortiz said.
The final two goals came by Emily Grams with 1:10 left, and Kiandra Powell closed the scoring column with :41 to go off a feed from Sage Schlehofer.
“I think we just wore them down,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “The one good thing about Rochelle is they didn’t quit. They put up a heck of a fight. But we’ve got to finish. Our next two games are incredibly tough.”
Against the Lady Saints, the Lady Knights gave up a goal each in the first and second halves, while against Geneva, the KHS crew couldn’t power through a one-goal chasm in the first half.
At Yorkville on Tuesday, Kaneland put up four first-half goals on their way to a solid 4-1 victory.
Olson scored twice for the Lady Knight, putting up the first (assist by Courtney Diddell) and last (assist by Jessica Coia) goals for the team. Ortiz scored on a feed from Olson, and Jurcenko scored at the 14:00 mark, assisted by Schlehofer.
Kaneland hosts Sycamore on Thursday, April 18.