KHS soccer gets off on right foot vs. Rochelle
AURORA—Never let it be said that Kaneland soccer fails to make the most of its opportunities when it counts.
As a threat of storms and hail permeated the area, No. 1 Kaneland not only got the Class 2A Rosary Regional semifinal completely in against No. 4 Rochelle, the match even shaved 10 minutes off due to Kaneland’s goal margin in the 7-0 result. Kaneland defeated IMSA in the Rochelle Regional semi a year ago, 8-0.
A portion of state-wide action had action postponed or stopped due to threatening weather, with action resuming on Wednesday.
After Kaneland’s lone win of the week, the Lady Knights improved to 14-3-2 in 2014.
As was the case for many of the 14 wins this season, the KHS crew poured on the offense. The goal barrage came from a wide array of options, including three corner kicks.
“We’re really good at them,” Madi Jurcenko said. “It happens where someone is always there where I kick it. Today, we were able to finish them.”
“It’s huge; that’s probably 17 goals off corner kicks this year,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “It’s something the girls take pride in—good for us, good for the girls. One of our goals was to win conference, we did that. The other was to win a regional championship. Hopefully, we will.”
The scoring barrage began in the first half with a goal from Courtney Diddell just two minutes, 42 seconds into the match. Madi Jurcenko had a goal trickle through with 27:46 to go for the two-goal edge. Rochelle would miss a penalty kick try with 6:33 to go in the half, and Brittany Olson would make the Lady Hubs pay with a sliding attempt for a goal with 2:19 remaining for a 3-0 edge going into halftime.
Olson wasted no time tallying the team’s fourth goal less than a minute into the second half to make it 4-0.
With 32:40 to go, Delaney Stryczek executed a header that found its way between the posts to go up 5-0.
“Madi does our crosses for us,” Stryczek said. “She always gets it back-post, and I stay more toward the back post. She hits it perfectly, right where it needs to be, and I just headed it right in the back of the net.”
The penultimate goal came off the cleat of Holly Collingbourne off of several rebounds with 27:13 remaining.
Kiandra Powell’s rocket with just over 20 minutes remaining cemented the final margin and punched the regional final ticket.
KHS advances to the Rosary Regional final against either No. 2 Rosary or No. 3 IMSA for a Saturday, May 24, meeting at 11 a.m.
Sophomore Gabby Cano (top, right) heads the ball in the first half of Kaneland’s 7-0 win over Rochelle Tuesday. Senior Brittany Olson (above, left), maneuvers around three Rochelle defenders enroute to Kaneland’s third goal of the first half. Kaneland defeated Rochelle 7-0 in the Regional opener Tuesday.
Photos by Patti Wilk