Measure of Revenge
Photo: Junior Heather Ortiz (left) maneuvers around a Rosary defender Monday. Photo by Mary Paulson
Kaneland evens up mark after two contests with win over Royals
KANELAND—There was a KHS soccer sighting on Monday.
After a 17-day layoff due to weather and spring break, Kaneland took to the Maple Park surroundings against a foe that has meant the end of the season for the Lady Knights three of the last five seasons.
KHS (2-1) beat a struggling Rosary club, which had lost to both Oswego schools before the matchup. On Tuesday, the Lady Knights took on Rockford Auburn and came out with a 4-0 victory.
“Honestly, it was nice to get a win, period,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said after the matchup with Rosary. “With the long layoff, we certainly didn’t know what we were going to look like, and we looked decent.”
Senior Brittany Olson had a hat trick for the hosts, thanks to first half goals with 27 minutes left and 24 minutes left, with Courtney Diddell dishing off for the goal. With roughly 21 minutes left, Olson put in a third goal to effectively ice it.
Emily Chapman had nine saves between the posts in the winning effort.
“We crashed the net constantly, and we were able to knock three in,” Parillo said. “We missed a PK and had another called back so it could have been a larger margin of victory. This team looks like they want to work extra hard to score this year. Yes, it was Rosary, but this is the regular season. We just want to improve every game in case we meet in the regional at Rosary.”
Against Rockford Auburn, Diddell, Madison Jurcenko, Jessica Coia and Michelle Ortiz all found the back of the net for the Lady Knights.
KHS learned some logistics of its postseason quest. The Class 2A Rosary Regional in May will feature Illinois Math and Science Academy, host Rosary, Kaneland and Rochelle, with the winner headed to the Hampshire Sectional.