by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights soccer (8-4-2, 1-2 Western Sun Conference) saw some tough wins and a tie along the way, but ended this past week with an undefeated slate.
Kanelandâ€™s match with the visiting Royals of Hinckley-Big Rock ended in a 1-1 deadlock last Wednesday, April 29. On Monday, the Lady Knights defeated host Mendota 3-1, and Tuesday saw KHS hand Rochelle a 3-0 loss.
Despite overloading the Royals goal with shot attempts, the Lady Knights could manage just an Emily Heimerdinger score thanks to a Shelby Koester assist. Hinckley-Big Rock attempted just two shots on goal. Both goals were scored in the first half.
Monday brought the Lady Knights down I-39 for a meeting with the Mendota Lady Trojans. Kaneland won 3-1 after seeing the contest knotted up in the second half on a Mendota goal.
Colleen Gebauer scored a goal with 19:49 left in the second half to break the 1-1 deadlock and Danni Garcia scored an insurance goal with 18:01 left.
â€œIâ€™ve been working on my touches a little more and Iâ€™m getting more confident in my shooting,â€ said Gebauer, who has found her share of goals this season.
Emily Heimerdinger scored the opening goal for the Lady Knights.
Despite getting the win, coach Scott Parillo feels that the last two matches have KHS not quite playing up to its potential.
â€œIt was an ugly win,â€ Parillo said. â€œWe had six point-blank breakaways and couldnâ€™t finish. We need to finish and play better defense or else our seasonâ€™s going to end in two weeks.â€
Heimedinger, Gebauer and Koester scored vs. the Hubs, in a win that Parillo thought was a much better effort.
Awaiting the Lady Knights are the host Sycamore Lady Spartans on Thursday, May 7, and the Burlington Central tourney on Saturday, May 9.
Photo by Mike Slodki