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KHS soccer falls to Rosary Royals

AURORA—Kaneland Lady Knights soccer must be sick and tired of these Royal meetings.

Much like the ending to their regional bid in 2011 and 2010, the Lady Knights soccer crew fell short against the host Rosary Royals by a final of 2-0.

With the setback, the Lady Knights fall to 1-2 in the early goings of 2012.

The frosh/soph soccer matchup with Rosary went similarly, with the KHS lineup losing 2-1, despite an Aislinn Lodwig goal and Colleen Landers assist.

Kaneland looks to get back into the win column with its usual stop at the West Aurora Tournament which means on Thursday, April 5. The Lady Knights took the first-place hardware in 2010.

Kaneland soccer hopes to reach beyond Regional

Photo: Melissa Bohorquez attempts to beat her Maple Leaf opponent to the ball in the girls soccer opener Saturday. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For the past three seasons, Kaneland girls soccer has made it to heights previously unknown.

Now comes the challenge of kicking even higher.

The Lady Knights finished 12-9-3 in 2011 and fell in the regional title match for the third consecutive year, but that was with 96-goal scorer Emily Heimerdinger at her peak.

With Heimerdinger and other personnel like Sophie Blank no longer brandishing the Knight insignia, its up to a crop that mixes returnees and newbies that now know nothing but a winning attitude.

“We are young with nine underclassmen on the team,” eight-year coach Scott Parillo said. “But in the opener (against Geneseo), when we possessed the ball, we created a ton of chances, and that’s promising.”

Parillo’s captains all bring a load of experience, and 2012 brings the return of 2010 superstar goalkeeper Jordan Ginther, fresh from a tour with her Naperville club team.

“We’re excited, we really are; she’s phenomenal and a class act,” Parillo said. “She’s one of the best goalies I’ve ever seen.”

With the other captains, Parillo is eager to put them to work on the pitch.

“They’ve only been on winning teams here at Kaneland. Taylor White, Abby Bend and Katie Taylor are all three-year varsity players. They’ve been around Emily and Sophie and Amy (Fabrizius) from last year and other players before that. We hope that if we make it to the regional championship this year, we can bring home that plaque,” Parillo said.

Taylor at midfield, Ginther and goal and Bend at forward provide good security for Parillo.

“They are all helping out and taking charge. Captains have to be vocal and lead the team,” Parillo said.

On the defensive crew, returnees Brooke Harner and Amber Winquist-Bailey help protect Kaneland, along with fellow multi-year Lady Knight Anne Marie Giese.

New additions to the defense are Taylor Opperman, a freshman.

At midfield, the captain Taylor lends her skills along with sophomores Delaney Stryczek and Jess Coia, with all three tallying goals and assists a year ago.

Able to play midfield and forward is freshman Madi Jurcenko, who tallied the first assist of the 2012 campaign.

At forward is fellow freshman Courtney Diddell, who got the pass from Jurcenko on St. Patrick’s Day for the first goal of 2012.

“These new girls are extremely coachable and fun to watch. They hate to lose and (are) eager to learn,” Parillo said.

Also contributing to the effort at forward are last year’s goalkeeper Michelle Ortiz, her sister, Heather, and Melissa Bohroquez and Brittany Olson.

Lady Knights soccer loses to Geneseo, beats IMSA

KANELAND—Coach Scott Parillo was happy at his girls soccer unit’s effort in the opening contest against Geneseo, despite the less-than-desirable result.

On Tuesday, the effort and result were perfectly matched.

With an 8-1 win over Aurora rival Illinois Math and Science Academy, the host Lady Knights improved to 1-1.

Geneseo used three well-timed second-half goals to beat Kaneland during an unseasonably warm St. Patrick’s Day encounter, 3-1.

The lone Kaneland goal was placed by freshman Courtney Diddell on a pass from fellow freshman Madi Jurcenko with 14 minutes, 31 seconds gone by in the action.

Taking on the Lady Titans, Kaneland’s three first-half goals were enough, as put in by Katie Taylor from Jurcenko, Jurcenko from Jess Coia and Diddell from Delaney Stryczek.

Diddell, Michelle Ortiz, Brittany Olson and Abby Bend put the ball in the net in the second 40 minutes.

The Lady Knights were scheduled for a meeting in Aurora against Rosary on Wednesday, and rest until the usual Blackhawk Invite at West Aurora on Thursday, April 5.

High school soccer eliminates “soft red”

INDIANAPOLIS—In a continued emphasis on improving sportsmanship, the “soft red” has been eliminated in high school soccer.

Effective with the 2012-13 season, a second yellow card not only will disqualify a player, but the team will not be permitted to substitute for the disqualified player. Previously, a team was permitted to replace a player who had received a second yellow card.

This significant change was one of three rules revisions passed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its Jan. 23-25 meeting in Indianapolis. These changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

Another change in Rule 12-8-1f now will disqualify a player who deliberately handles a ball in his/her own penalty area to prevent it from going in the goal only when the attempt to deny the goal is successful. If a goal is scored, the penalty is now a caution. The other change approved by the committee involves the taking of a penalty kick. If some unusual situation occurs after the penalty kick is properly taken and before the ball is played or touched by another player, or before the ball hits the goalpost or crossbar, which necessitates a temporary suspension in play, the penalty kick shall be retaken.

World sport

Photo: American troops hand out donated Kaneland soccer warmups and old uniforms among care packages in an Afghanistan village. Courtesy Photo

Knights soccer sends goodwill Afghanistan’s way
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In Afghanistan, moments of kindness are always welcome in the face of hardship.

For inhabitants of the mountainous country, survival and basic necessities trump luxury.

This fall, basic necessities and warmth were provided to villagers by the United States Army—courtesy of the Kaneland High School soccer program.

“Scott Parillo and I discussed what to do with old Kaneland soccer uniforms that had accumulated, that we’d outgrown or just replaced due to upgrading to a different style,” Javier Martinez said.

Martinez, social science teacher and head adviser to the student council, wondered where the uniforms could end up.

“They took up a bunch of space at the end of summer, so we wondered what we could do with it or where to donate,” Martinez said.

Overtures were made toward Operation Support Our Troops, based in Lisle, Ill., and with a member of the outfit having a son serving with the United States Army in Afghanistan, the choice was made.

“We were able to donate the uniforms, and we thought the warmups and uniforms could create a little goodwill in that area with the local people,” Martinez said.

Donating Kaneland soccer garb like old uniforms and warmup kits provides no downside, according to Parillo.

“We decided to donate these items to help those less fortunate in Afghanistan,” Parillo said. “It is also to help our soldiers over there, as well. Our program will do anything to help our soldiers. We have donated soccer balls in the past and thought old uniforms would be a nice gesture. Our soldiers aren’t always the most popular people when they are there, and this can help to show that they mean well and are doing their jobs.”

“We were able to donate the uniforms, and we thought the warmups and uniforms could create a little goodwill in that area with the local people,” Martinez said.

Now locals in Afghanistan, with help from the United States’ best line of defense, can enjoy the best warmups Kaneland High School had to offer.

Heimerdinger looks back on State honor, Lady Knight soccer

Photo: Emily Heimerdinger fights for possession of the ball during 2011 soccer action. Heimerdinger, continuing her studies at the University of Dayton in the fall, rewrote the Kaneland soccer record book in her pitch time. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—How did graduated senior Emily Heimerdinger take the news of an All-State honor?

“Coach (Scott) Parillo told me in the classroom after keeping the news from me all day. I was crying, I was so happy,” Heimerdinger said.

It could almost be seen as an appreciation of Heimerdinger’s penchant for goals, all 96 of them. But the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association chose to bestow an All-State honor for Heimerdinger, the forward who has scored more times in Kaneland girls soccer history than anyone.

Heimerdinger had also earned Section 7 All-Sectional nods all four years in a KHS kit, joining former Lady Knights Kaiti Roy and Megan Gil in exclusive company.

Despite the Lady Knights losing to Rosary in the regional final in May—the third consecutive year KHS dropped a regional title chance—the Class of 2011 member liked the way the team came together after a slow start.

“It was kind of frustrating for the season to end like it did, but everyone was tight and had fun. We all knew what we needed to do to get better throughout the season,” Heimerdinger said.

Heimerdinger, who also nabbed all-Northern Illinois Big XII conference MVP honors and was part of the final Western Sun Conference lineup, was a rarity this season as a Class 2A State rep. 50 of the 61 players were from Class 3A.

Heimerdinger was also honored by the IHSSCA in conjunction with the Chicago Fire Soccer Club with special mention placement on the All-State All-Academic team, on June 9.

While a star at forward all season long, Heimerdinger showed her knack for putting team first, stepping in at midfield while the Kaneland lineup was in flux in early-season action.

“I remember thinking of all the positions and which girls were in the lineup in my head, and I thought that I could probably fill in at midfield. I tried to do whatever I could do to pump up the team,” Heimerdinger said.

Heimerdinger, who put up 33 goals and 19 assists in 2011, is particularly fond of one goal from her IHSSCA Section 7 All-Sectional campaign.

“The goals run pretty close together, but my junior year I scored against Rosary and it was the first time we had ever won against them, and it was 1-0 (March 24, 2010),” Heimerdinger said.

For Heimerdinger, soccer now gets put on the backburner. She’s attending the University of Dayton in the fall and plans to study geology.

But she’ll have four years of soccer to look back on, as will fans who saw the best four-year stretch in KHS history.

“I think I improved a lot from freshman year. I was able to be more confident and be a team leader, and help the rest of the team,” Heimerdinger said.

KHS spring sports awards put fitting cap on 2010-11

KANELAND—Coming a little later due to the storybook run of Kaneland baseball, KHS released its spring sports awards for 2010-11, highlighting a successful first step into Northern Illinois Big XII play.

In girls track, Lauren Zick and Andie Strang took home the co-MVP for track, while Brooke Patterson was named MVP on the field end. For most improved, Abby Dodis and Briana Stark took home the honor.

Sydney Bilotta, Strang, Kris Bowen, Jessica Stouffer and Keara Palpant were recognized as captains.

Zick and Patterson were joined by Gabby Aguirre as part of the Northern Illinois Big XII (NIB-12) All-Conference squad. Strang (1600 meter run, 4x800m relay), Bowen (4x800m relay), Patterson (pole vault), Sydney Strang (4x800m relay) and Zick (400m dash, 4x800m relay) were also recognized for their State trip.

For boys track, Taylor Andrews and Tommy Whittaker were named track MVP’s, while teammate Matt Spitzzeri took the field MVP. Curtis Secrest was given the Drendel Award.

Secrest, Trevor Holm, Whittaker, Andrews, Matt Cowans and Spitzzeri were recognized as captains, and Kory Harner took the Ron Probst Award.

The NIB-12 also named Andrews, Spitzzeri, Whittaker, Holm, Brandon Cottier, Mickey Marin and Jesse Balluff as part of the All-Conference squad.

Harner, Marin, Luis Acosta, Clayton Brundige, Balluff, Brandon Bishop, Dylan Nauert, Sean Carter, Holm, Cottier, Whittaker, Andrews and Secrest were all recognized for their State qualifying efforts.

In soccer, Emily Heimerdinger secured an All-State honor, capping her four-year output in style, while also named the NIB-12 MVP. The Class of 2011 member was also named co-MVP for the Lady Knights with teammate Amy Fabrizius.

Conference-wide, Heimerdinger, Fabrizius, Sophia Blank and Sam Wantuch were named to the All-Conference team.

Katie Taylor earned the Lady Knights Award, while Blank took home the Coach’s Award.

Keeper Michelle Ortiz was named Rookie of the Year, while Wantuch was named Most Improved Player for the roster that made it to the regional championship. Blank, Fabrizius, Heimerdinger and Taylor were also recognized as captains.

In softball, McKinzie Mangers and Andrea Potts were recognized as captains, while Allyson O’Herron took home the Lady Knight Award.

Potts was also named the Offensive Player of the Year.

Alexis Villarreal was named Most Improved Player for her efforts on the mound, and teammate Rilee Vest was named Defensive Player of the Year for the Lady Knights softball unit.

Additionally, Potts was a unanimous selection to the NIB-12 All-Conference team as an infielder. Vest and Katy Dudzinski were named as honorable mention candidates.

For the State Champion Knights baseball program, Bobby Thorson was named team Offensive MVP.

Kyle Davidson, Jake Razo and Brian Dixon took the Defensive MVP awards, and Dixon, Razo and Tyler Heinle were named Most Improved Players.

The No. 41 award was given to Sam Komel, Corey Landers and Dixon.

Mr. Kaneland Baseball was given out to the whole of the 2011 Class 3A State winners.

Additionally, Kaneland held the Senior Athletic Banquet Awards in June, giving the Knight Award for three-sport athletes to Stouffer, Strang and Davidson.

Strang was named female athlete of the year, while Andrews was named male athlete of the year. Strang also won the female Birkette Award, while the male Birkette Award went to Curtis Secrest.

Rosary puts an end to Kaneland soccer season

Photo: Emily Heimerdinger had a banner day for her last win under Kaneland soccer’s tenure. In the win over IMSA last week, the senior placed four goals in net. Photo by Mike Slodki

by Mike Slodki
AURORA—In the case of Kaneland soccer in regional finals, bad things come in threes.

For the third season in a row, Kaneland girls soccer fell victim to a loss in the title match. This time after a 2-1 loss in double overtime against regional host Rosary.

Against the Royals, Katie Taylor’s goal off a Sophie Blank pass with 19:21 remaining in the first half was the lone score for Kaneland, as was Sam Duarte’s effort for Rosary.

With less than five minutes to play in the second overtime, Taylor Gibson’s header found the net, ending Kaneland’s season.

Before the Rosary heartbreaker, happier times were had against the Lady Titans on May 18.

While it was the senior Heimerdinger’s name in the goal column, the output was made possible by an offensive groove put together by consistent ball movement.

Heimerdinger’s first goal came on winning a battle for the ball near the goalie box and punching it in on a mini-breakaway with 22 minutes, 53 seconds left in the first half for a 1-0 lead on the Lady Titans.

“I’m just happy that we won. I think everyone’s happy just to be here, and this is what we’ve been playing for,” Heimerdinger said.

Heimderdinger then got on the board once again with 4:47 to go in the first half, and scored just 41 seconds later.

The Lady Knight scoring asset tallied her 96th career goal in the second half with 12:59 remaining.

“Once again, she’s doing her stellar part in being a scorer,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.

Parillo was plain in noting that the regional opener win was a step on the way to a hopefully larger prize.

“I thought we played OK. I think we should have possessed more, and we weren’t staying out wide. But I’m happy, and hopefully third time’s the charm. We’re way different than we were in the start of the season.”

For the Lady Knights, the end of the season means saying farewell to seniors Heimerdinger, Blank, Sam Wantuch, Amy Fabrizius, Anna Henrichs and Shelby Fredericksen.

Lady Knights soccer in playoff quest

The winner of (No. 2) Kaneland vs. (No. 3) Illinois Math & Science Academy match from Wednesday faces (No. 1) Rosary on Saturday, May 21, in IHSA Class 2A Rosary Regional Championship at 11 a.m.

In earlier regional action. Rosary beat Aurora Central Catholic 1-0 on Tuesday, after ACC beat Yorkville 1-0 on Friday.

Soccer finishes second at KHS Classic, brandishes 11 wins

Photo: How productive was your week? Sophie Blank scored seven goals and contributed two assists in a packed stretch for Lady Knights soccer. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—Despite weather that could generously be described as “dumpy,” Kaneland High School soccer’s fortunes are heating up.

Kaneland routed Hinckley-Big Rock (H-BR) on May 4, and followed that match with a busy KHS Klassic, featuring a Friday win over Streamwood, a tie vs. Woodstock on Saturday and a shutout loss to Burlington Central. The Lady Knights continued their latest tour with a Monday tie vs. Morris and a 7-0 rout of Rochelle. The latest action sees Kaneland end the regular season with an 11-8-3 mark in season play (6-3-1 Northern Illinois Big XII).

In the 7-0 win over the Lady Royals of H-BR, Emily Heimerdinger, Brittany Olson and Sophie Blank found the net in the first half, while second-half goals were supplied by Heimerdinger and Blank in alternating order.

In the win over the Sabres at the Klassic, Delaney Stryczek’s goal 12 minutes in kept KHS in a 1-1 tie at the break before goals by Heimerdinger and Katie Taylor within 52 seconds of each other iced the match.

Against Woodstock, Abby Bend scored with 25:54 to go in the first half, and Blank scored with 12:28 to go, leading into the scoreless second half for both sides.

After the 3-0 shutout loss to the Lady Rockets sent Kaneland to a second-place slot at its own tournament, the Lady Knights battled Morris in a make-up match.

The lone goal for host KHS against the Lady Redskins was a Heimerdinger goal with 15:36 to go in the first half, on an assist from Taylor.

On Tuesday in Ogle County, the Lady Knights lit up the scoreboard with six first-half goals.

Heimerdinger scored just 2:24 into the contest, and Blank followed up with a score 20 minutes later. Heimerdinger scored her second goal to give KHS a 3-0 edge just 48 seconds later.

Bend followed up with back-to-back goals before Blank capped the scoring barrage.

Blank’s goal with 34:28 to go was the lone second-half goal.

Meanwhile, the JV team coached by Travis Berth and Janet Barry ended the regular season at 11-7-4 (7-5-1 conference) with a win over Rochelle.

With the regular season now in the books, Kaneland now gears up for the IHSA Class 2A Regional at Rosary High School in Aurora. The second-seeded Lady Knights are set to clash with (3) Illinois Math and Science Academy coached by Sal Tamayo on Wednesday, May 18, at 4:30 p.m. The Lady Titans are 11-7-1.

The winner of that match faces either top-seeded Rosary, No. 4 Aurora Central Catholic or No. 5 Yorkville in the regional title match on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m.

Last year, the Lady Knights defeated Aurora Central Catholic before losing to Rosary in the regional final.

Lady Knights see offense open up

Photo: Michelle Ortiz fields a shot as keeper during Thursday’s 6-2 win in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference action in Yorkville. The Lady Knights prepare for their next challenge: the KHS Classic on Friday, May 6, and
Saturday, May 7. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was a familiar setting for Kaneland soccer on Thursday, with chilly tempuratures and steady to heavy rains.

It’s been so familiar, in fact, that KHS coach Scott Parillo mentioned that the nicest conditions for Kaneland soccer occurred back on March 19, opening day in Geneseo.

However, with a 6-2 win in Yorkville and a 7-0 win against visiting Sterling on Tuesday, the fortunes of Lady Knights soccer look a little bit more sunny.

Kaneland’s mark is 8-7-1 with a 4-3 record in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

In Yorkville, Sophie Blank had a hat trick, while Emily Heimerdinger added two goals and an assist. Delaney Stryzek scored on a header and had an assist, while Brittany Olson also had an assist.

Breaking a 2-2 halftime tie, Blank hit a shot at close range just two minutes, 55 seconds into the second half. Stryzek’s header near the box with 29:02 left made it 4-2.

Blank completed her hat trick with 17:46 to go on a tricky shot, and felt like the offense’s recent output makes the struggles like the first half a bit easier to bear.

“I don’t know what it is, maybe because we are young,” Blank said. “Our offense is very confident, we just have to remember what to do.”

Heimerdinger’s final goal came with 8:50 remaining.

“We wanted to actually execute a gameplan, which we didn’t do in the first half,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “The coaching staff let them know they weren’t happy. We played much better in the second half. It’s better to have some of the underclassmen scoring lately, because Sophie’s a senior and Emily’s a senior.”

Against Sterling, Heimerdinger scored twice and had three assists while goals were also scored by Olson, Katie Taylor and Taylor White.

The Lady Knights brave the KHS Classic on Friday May 6, and Saturday, May 7.

Soccer regains footing against NIB-12 West

KANELAND—At a point where Kaneland soccer was looking for something, anything to get back in the win column, Thursday and Saturday, the Lady Knights found it.

On Saturday, Kaneland took a 4-2 matchup with Northern Illinois Big XII crossover opponent Dixon, and also dominated a 7-0 meeting with visiting Streator on Thursday.

Tuesday found the Lady Knights dropping a close 3-2 affair in DeKalb.

The win streak and the Tuesday loss improved Kaneland’s season mark to 6-7-1 (3-3 NIB-12).

Facing the Duchesses in Maple Park, KHS went out to a 2-1 advantage after the first 40 minutes thanks to an Emily Heimerdinger goal on an assist from Katie Taylor just 58 seconds into play, and a Sophie Blank goal from Jessica Coia with 17:57 remaining in the half.

In the second half, Heimerdinger found the net again, thanks to a feed from Amber Winquist-Bailey with 38:26 left. The scoring was capped on a goal by Blank on a pass from Taylor White with 33:44 to go.

In the match against Streator, the floodgates opened with first-half goals from Delaney Stryzek, Heimerdinger and Blank, and then saw four second-half goals thanks to Blank, Heimerdinger, Taylor and Coia.

Heimerdinger came up with a goal in each half against DeKalb, with 1:30 remaining in the first half and 4:17 to go in regulation.

JV action had Kaneland improve to 6-5-4 with a 1-0 win over DeKalb, thanks to a Maddie Hanzer goal.

The Lady Knights battle host Yorkville in a conference tilt on Thursday, April 28, at 4:30 p.m.

Soccer deadlocks with E. Aurora, falls to Marengo

Photo: Kaneland’s Brittany Olson battles at the midfield position during the 3-1 loss to Marengo on Monday. The Lady Knights try to right the ship against visiting Streator on Thursday, April 21. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—There would be no West Aurora Blackhawk Tournament championship like in 2010, but there would be no tournament-ending loss for Lady Knights soccer.

Because on April 13, Kaneland rallied to tie the Tomcats of East Aurora in the second half en route to a 2-2 tie.

The Lady Knights also dropped a 3-1 matchup with visiting Marengo on Monday.

Kaneland’s record is now 4-6-1 with a 1-2 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII conference action.

East Aurora began with a 1-0 lead until 4:52 left in the first half. That’s when Brittany Olson beat the Tomcat goalie after a pass from Jessica Coia, knotting matters at 1.

Emily Heimerdinger’s shot attempt with 1:39 to go in the half just went over the goalpost, and the teams went into halftime tied.

East Aurora consistently cut the field in half, making life difficult for any Lady Knight offensive momentum.

Kaneland did get their chances, but with 21 minutes remaining, East Aurora scored and went up 2-1.

However, KHS rallied to tie on a pass from Katie Taylor to Heimerdinger in the box. Heimerdinger blasted the ball in with 15:40 to go, tying the game, after which there were no scoring opportunities close or capitalized upon.

Coach Scott Parillo is looking for his group to kick into another gear.

“I think both teams escaped with a tie. Certainly not the prettiest soccer to look at. We’ll play a good game and then we’ll play a lousy game again. It’s hard to figure out; there really is talent here,” Parillo said.

Kaneland’s lone goal against the Lady Indians came on a penalty kick from Heimerdinger with 3:49 left in the match.

Kaneland faces NIB-12 crossover opponent Streator on Thursday, April 21, at 4:30 p.m. and fellow crossover school, the visiting Dixon Duchesses on Saturday, April 23.

Lady Knights compete at West Aurora

Photo: Emily Heimerdinger wins the battle for possession in recent action. Heimerdinger scored four goals for the 4-5 Lady Knights this week. File Photo

KANELAND—A three-match skid left the Lady Knights scraping on the soccer pitch, but a Tuesday win over Streamwood sees Kaneland at 4-5 (1-2 Northern Illinois Big XII) through nine matches.

A year ago at this time, KHS was an astounding 8-0-1 on its way to a tournament championship in Aurora.

On Tuesday afternoon, Kaneland used a goal by Melissa Bohorquez and a second-half goal by Emily Heimerdinger for a 2-0 win over Streamood High School. On Saturday morning, the West Aurora Blackhawk Tournament featured Plainfeld East besting Kaneland by a 6-4 final.

With a goal by Sophie Blank 10 minutes into the contest, and an Heimerdinger goal six minutes later, Kaneland nursed a 2-1 lead into halftime over the Bengals.

Despite goals by Blank and Heimerdinger in the second half, Kaneland gave up five second-half goals in the loss. Jessica Coia contributed an assist on Heimerdinger’s second half goal.

Kicking off the tournament was a 3-0 loss to the host Blackhawks on Thursday.

Beginning the latest week of competition, Kaneland fell to visiting Sycamore on April 6 by a final of 4-1. The lone Kaneland goal came from Heimerdinger with 29 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the match.

Ahead for the Lady Knights is a matchup with visiting Marengo on Monday, April 18, followed by a NIB-12 bout with the visiting Lady Redskins of Morris on Tuesday, April 19.

KHS Lady Knight soccer scoring goals in bunches

Photo: Katie Taylor of Kaneland High School girls soccer made good on a goal against Northern Illinois Big XII crossover opponent Ottawa on Thursday. Taylor will be one of the Lady Knights counted on against Indian Creek
and in the tourney at West Aurora in mid-April. File Photo

KANELAND—With a mostly new lineup, one could be wary of how the offensive skills would come together for the KHS soccer group.

In two games this week, the Lady Knights lost to visiting Rosary in a regional rematch, but earned a shutout win over Northern Illinois Big XII crossover foe Ottawa.

After the March 23 loss and the Thursday win, KHS sees its record sit at 2-2 (1-1 NIB-12).

After getting shut out 4-0 in temperatures struggling to hit 35 on the thermometer, Kaneland rallied to hand the Ottawa Lady Pirtates a 6-0 drubbing on Thursday in Maple Park.

Senior leader Emily Heimerdinger got the Lady Knights on the board first with a goal after being fed by Jessica Coia. That gave Kaneland a 1-0 lead with 10:43 remaining in the first half.

Anne Marie Giese scored the first second-half goal with 17:11 to go, giving KHS a 2-0 edge.

Taylor White made the most of her scoring opportunity and found the net with 13:38 to play for a 3-0 edge.

Heimerdinger, Katie Taylor and Sophie Blank each scored within the last 10:46 to take the win over their West Division foe.

Ahead for KHS is a Monday, April 4 clash at Indian Creek.

2011 GOAL-ED STANDARD
Emily Heimerdinger 4 goals
Sophie Blank 2 goals
Abby Bend 1 goal
Anne Marie Giese 1 goal
Katie Taylor 1 goal

Lady Knights soccer splits first kicks

KANELAND—Looking to capitalize on strong finishes in consecutive seasons, the Lady Knights soccer crew began with a new look and an unfortunate opening result.

On Saturday, the Lady Knights began their very first Northern Illinois Big XII conference campaign west on Interstate 88 and lost 5-0 to the Geneseo Lady Leafs.

The Lady Knights rebounded with a 3-2 win at IMSA on Tuesday.

The Lady Knights were set to host Rosary on Wednesday and host NIB-12 crossover rival Ottawa on Thursday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m.

New-look Lady Knights try to start 2011 on right foot

Photo: Sam Wantuch participates in preseason ball drills for the Lady Knights. Photo by Mike Slodki

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It was a season to remember, and an ending to forget.

Kaneland would love to have the regional championship loss to Rosary High School back. The season which ended at 15-3-5 under soccer coach Scott Parillo and a cohesive senior unit had a chance for redemption in 2011.

However, it will have to come with quite the new look.

With last year’s celebrated senior core gone, as well as last year’s freshman sensation in goal Jordan Ginther (playing club soccer in Naperville, Ill.), the Lady Knights break ranks as fluid as can be.

“Jordan was classy enough to tell us in advance and we had time to cry and get that out of the way,” Parillo joked. “Hopefully, she’ll be back next year. We need to replace seven starters. They’re working hard out here, and it should be exciting.”

But, the solid strengths begin with team captain and senior Emily Heimerdinger at midfield/forward, who will go down as having one of the most prolific careers in KHS girls soccer history.

“She’s not a secret anymore. She was no longer a secret at the end of her freshman year. She’s going to be similar to a point guard out there. What she may not get in goals, she’ll maybe contribute in assists and she’ll be a real leader,” Parillo said.

Returnees joining Heimerdinger that are no stranger to big-game soccer include Amy Fabrizius at goalie/defender and Sophie Blank at goalie/midfield.

Returning to a bigger role after a 2010 with limited varsity action include the likes of Abby Bend (mid/forward), Sam Wantuch (defense/mid).

Also providing a spark are returning mid/fwd Katie Taylor, def/mid Anna Heinrichs and mid/foward Taylor White.

“The girls are up to the task, the coaches are up to the task, and we hope the girls gel as quickly as last year,” Parillo said.

New on the varsity ranks for Kaneland are def/mid Amber Winquist-Bailey, mid/forward Brittany Olson, mid/fwd Jessica Coia, mid/fwd Delaney Stryzek, midfielder Delaney Stryzek, goalie/midfielder Michelle Ortiz, midfielder/forward Shelby Fredricksen, def/mid Valerie Tockstein and defender Anne Marie Giese.

With two matches already under their belt, the Lady Knights begin the Northern Illinois Big XII East Division slate on Wednesday, April 6, against Sycamore. The regular season concludes on Tuesday, May 10, in Rochelle.

Red Stars honor group including Gil

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.—The Chicago Red Stars announced the honorees for the 2010 Girls High School Soccer All-State All-Academic Teams. From among another record number of nominations, 138 student-athletes from across Illinois were chosen for recognition by the Red Stars for their work on the soccer field, in the classroom and out in their communities.

The 23 First Team selections were honored at the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association’s Honors Banquet at Diplomat West in Elmhurst on Thursday, June 10. Chicago Red Stars President and General Manager Marcia McDermott was in attendance to recognize the honorees.

In addition, all members of the All-State All-Academic Teams will be recognized on the Toyota Park field at halftime of the Chicago Red Stars’ July 10 game against Tasha Kai and Sky Blue FC. All student-athletes being recognized receive a complimentary ticket to the game and have the opportunity to purchase additional tickets at a discounted price.

Because of another large number of nominations from high school coaches, the 2010 Chicago Red Stars All-State All-Academic selections include a 23-member First Team, 23-member Second Team, as well as Special and Honorable Mention selections. Eight defenders were chosen for both the First and Second Teams, while eight midfielders were chosen for the First Team and seven for the Second Team because of the massive number of nominations at these positions. In all, 97 of the 138 honorees are midfielders or defenders. A fourth goalie was selected to the Second Team because of the high quality of the goalie nominations this year.

Locally, Kaneland defender Megan Gil was named to the Honorable Mention group, the lone representative from the 15-win Lady Knights.

Selections to the All-State All-Academic teams represent an impressive resume involving academic, sports and both school and community involvement. Four valedictorians are among the honorees (two on the First Team and two on the Second Team) and 21 percent of the selections scored 30 or higher on the ACT. Thirty-eight percent of these selected student-athletes coach soccer, while 21 percent also referee games.

Tickets are available at (866) WPS-2009 or visiting www.ChicagoRedStars.com.

All-WSC, team awards handed out at KHS

KANELAND—Kaneland High School dished out end of the year and spring speason sports awards last week.

In Knights boys track and field, Logan Markuson was named the Track MVP, while Nick Sinon, state champ in high jump, was named Field MVP. Edgar Valle, also a state champ as part of the 4×400 relay , was named recipient of the Drendel Award. Markuson, Derek Bus, Joe Levita, Brett Ketza, Justin Choate and Sinon were recognized as captains. Andrew Essex was named winner of the Ron Probst Award. Sinon, Markuson, Taylor Andrews, Valle, Bus, Matt Reusche, Matt Spitzzeri, Sean Paulick, Tommy Whittaker, Dominic Furco, Trevor Holm and Levita were recognized as the final Kaneland representatives for the all-Western Sun Conference team.

Brandon Cottier, Essex, Curtis Secrest, Whittaker, Spitzzeri, Valle, Bus, Taylor Andrews, Markuson, Levita, Holm and Sinon were all lauded for their trip to the Class 2A State Finals in Charleston, Ill.

For girls track, Lisa Roberson and Andie Strang, both State-goers, were named co-Track MVP’s, while Brooke Patterson, fresh off a trip to Charleston, was named field MVP.

Mel Mazuc and Nicole Ketza were part of a group of three named most improved field athletes, along with Briana Stark in long jump. Hurdler Hillary Luse took the most improved track athlete award.

Roberson and Sydney Bilotta were recognized as captains, while Patterson, Ashley Castellanos and Gabby Aguirre were honored for their All-Western Sun Conference performances.

Strang (800 meter run, 4x800m relay), Roberson and Kris Bowen (4x800m), Sara Wallace (pole vault), Jessica Stouffer (4x800m), Patterson (pole vault, triple jump) and Castellanos (long jump) were lauded for their State trip.

For the 20-win softball team, first-year coach Brian Willis gave most outstanding defensive player to Jordan Hester and most outstanding offensive player to Andrea Dimmig-Potts. Samantha Hansen took home the most improved player award, Kristen Stralka and Brittany Davis got in on the Lady Knight Award, while 13-win pitcher Delani Vest was given the most outstanding player award.

In the freshman softball ranks, Elizabeth Eckert and Sarah Grams took the co-MVP honors, while Danielle McCormack won the Kaneland Knight award.

For baseball, Dave Dudzinski and Bobby Thorson were named recipients of the Mr. Kaneland Baseball award.

Jake Tickle, he of the 19-game hit streak during the season, was named offensive MVP, and Steve Colombe was crowned defensive MVP.

The 41 Award, in honor or Jeff Malewig, was given to Tickle and Jake Fiedler.

Thorson, Fiedler, Colombe and Tickle were all recognized for their All-Western Sun Conference honors.

For the 15-win girls soccer team’s history- making season, Megan Gil, Haley Johnson, Shelby Koester, Colleen Gebauer and Emily Heimerdinger were lauded for their captain-ship.

Amy Fabrizius was given the most improved player honor, and freshman goalkeeper Jordan Ginther was named Rookie of the Year.

Sophie Blank, Andie Bruce and Natalie Swieca won the coach’s award. Gebauer and Katie Taylor were co-winners of the Lady Knights Award, while Heimerdinger and Gil took the MVP honors.

For the final awards of the night, the female Birkette award was given to Roberson. Markuson and Bus took home the male Birkette award.

Markuson was honored with the Male Athlete of the Year award, while Roberson was given the Female Athlete of the Year award.

Levita, for his time in cross country, wrestling and track, was honored for his three-sport commitment.

Photo: Lisa Roberson, shown here in relay action in Charleston, Ill., two weeks ago, was awarded Female Athlete of the Year and Female Birkette Award winner at last week’s 2010 Senior Athletic Banquet Awards. File Photo

Historic girls soccer season ends at foot of Rosary in regional

AURORA—For the second straight year, the Kaneland Lady Knights’ soccer journey ended on the cusp of regional glory.

However, the signs of progress continue to reveal itself, thanks to talent and depth.

Second-seeded Rosary got the best of the top-seeded Lady Knights on Saturday afternoon by a 1-0 final. Kaneland’s final record is 15-3-5 (3-2-2 Western Sun Conference), which marks an all-time best for coach Scott Parillo’s crew.

The Royals earned revenge for a 1-0 Kaneland win back on March 24.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Samantha Duarte of Rosary scored the lone goal of the match, and was good enough for the final margin.

Kaneland now says goodbye to an impressive senior core that rose through the ranks: Colleen Gebauer, Haley Johnson, Natalie Swieca, Megan Gil, Andie Bruce, Shelby Koester and Thalia Garcia.

Slated to return next season, however, are standouts like freshman goalie Jordan Ginther, who shut out 12 different opponents, and junior Emily Heimerdinger, who now has 61 goals through three seasons, including 18 this season.

Rosary, meanwhile, lost to Sycamore 3-1 on Tuesday in the Hampshire Sectional opener. Sycamore defeated DeKalb 2-1 in the Rochelle Regional title match.

Soccer takes regional opener with 2-0 knockout

by Mike Slodki
AURORA—Better the second half than not at all.

A scoreless first half for Kaneland soccer in the semifinal of the Class 2A Rosary Regional had the 15-2-5 Lady Knights flummoxed against the fourth-seeded Aurora Central Catholic Lady Chargers.

But a Sophie Blank goal just 13 seconds into the second half gave Kaneland a lead, and an Emily Heimerdinger goal with 32:19 left provided the final 2-0 margin.

Kaneland now increases its season record for wins and also a team goal with 15 wins.

The Lady Knights will now await the winner of (2) Rosary and (3) IMSA, which were set to battle on Wednesday, in the regional title game on Saturday, May 22, at noon.

This now marks the second consecutive season that Kaneland finds itself in the regional championship.

Coach Scott Parillo feels that Kaneland will need to pick up the performance.

“It wasn’t a good display at times. We didn’t pass well and we didn’t shoot well. The good thing is we won and we’re in the regional championship,” he said.

Blank’s goal got the team off to as good a start as possible for the final 40 minutes of action.

“We just needed to be aggressive, and Andie (Bruce) had a good pass,” Blank said.

Heimerdinger’s goal occurred after weaving through waves of ACC defenders and hitting the left corner.

With the Lady Knights surrendering just 15 goals thus far, and goalkeeper Jordan Ginther pitching another shutout, captain and defender Megan Gil knows the defense’s task is magnified in this “second season.”

“You just have to keep your head in the game,” Gil said. “The defense has to be strong and help the offense. We work together as a team. We’ve played a long time and we’ve come from winning only three games our freshman year. We like playing with each other.”

Photo: Kaneland goalkeeper Jordan Ginther makes a stop against Aurora Central Catholic during Tuesday’s 2-0 regional-opening shutout. Photo by Mike Slodki

KHS soccer trumps Sycamore for first time; steadies for regional

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland High School girls soccer continues to add on to its season of greatest hits, and it’s evident the squad doesn’t want the music to stop.

On Thursday, Kaneland defeated visiting Sycamore 1-0, marking the first time in school history that either the boys or girls outfit has defeated Sycamore.

On Friday and Saturday, KHS then hosted the inaugural Kaneland Klassic, and came away with the first-place nod after a scoreless tie vs. the visiting Burlington Central Rockets.

The regular season came to an end with a 5-0 loss at Batavia on Tuesday.

However, KHS has now eclipsed it’s record for season victories, and sits at 14-2-5 (3-2-2 WSC) on the campaign, ready for regional action.

Against the Spartans, the lone goal was scored by Sophie Blank, assisted by Emily Heimerdinger.

With Sycamore desperate to score a goal, Lady Knight captain Haley Johnson was among those trying to put a stop to the Spartans.

“You’re definitely focusing on the defensive aspect and trying to stop goals, and that becomes the important part,” Johnson said.

Coach Scott Parillo was pleased as to how things went down.

“We’ve never, ever, ever beat Sycamore before and we finally did,” Parillo said. “It’s a conference win and that’s huge, that gives us three for the season, and this is huge for the seniors.”

The Lady Knights, at No.1 seed, will play the fourth-seeded Aurora Central Catholic Lady Chargers on Tuesday, May 18 at 4 p.m. at Rosary High School in Aurora. The winner of that encounter faces off against the winner of No. 2 Rosary and No. 3 Illinois Math & Science Academy who duke it out on Wednesday, May 19, in the Class 2A regional championship set for Saturday, May 22.

The winner of the Rosary Regional heads off to the Hampshire Sectional against potentially Hampshire or Marian Central Catholic.

Photo: Lady Knight Emily Heimerdinger will be looked on for a big match if Kaneland is to have Rosary Regional success on Tuesday, May 18, against Aurora Central Catholic File Photo

Soccer earns win, tie

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knight soccer found its propensity for finding the net on Tuesday, just in time for the season’s homestretch.

The Lady Knights went to a 0-0 draw in Hinckley against the H-BR Lady Royals. Kaneland came back on Tuesday and took it to the Lady Hubs 4-1 to garner their first win since April 24.

With an 11-1-4 mark and a 2-1-2 record in Western Sun Conference play, the Lady Knights broke open the scoring column, with three first half goals against Rochelle.

Emily Heimerdinger had the first two goals, assisted by Sophie Blank and Andie Bruce on the opening goal and Haley Johnson on the second goal. Katie Taylor closed the first half scoring out with an assist by Colleen Gebauer on a corner kick. Blank scored the lone second half goal and was assisted by Melissa Bohorquez.

The Lady Knights brace for a WSC showdown with the visiting Sycamore Lady Spartans on Thursday, May 6, at 4:30 p.m. and also prepare to host the first-ever Kaneland Klassic, which takes the place of the Burlington Central tournament.

On Friday, Kaneland also received post-season news and has earned a No. 1 seed for the first time in program history.

Having matched the mark for most wins in school history for a season, the Lady Knights, at No.1 seed, will play the fourth-seeded Aurora Central Catholic Lady Chargers on Tuesday, May 18, at 4 p.m. at Rosary High School in Aurora. The winner of that encounter faces off against the winner of No. 2 Rosary and No. 3 Illinois Math & Science Academy who duke it out on Wednesday, May 19, in the Class 2A regional championship set for Saturday, May 22.

The winner of the Rosary Regional heads off to the Hampshire Sectional against potentially Hampshire or Marian Central Catholic.

1st ever Kaneland Klassic Soccer Tournament

Friday, May 7-Saturday, May 8, 2010

Friday, May 7
4:30 pm—Kaneland vs. Woodstock
4:30 pm—B. Central vs. Sycamore
6 pm—Streamwood vs. Kaneland
6 pm—B.Central vs. Woodstock

Saturday, May 8
10 am—Woodstock vs. Sycamore
10 pm—B. Central vs. Streamwood
Noon—Kaneland vs. B. Central
Noon—Sycamore vs. Streamwood
2 pm—Sycamore vs. Kaneland
2 pm—Streamwood vs. Woodstock

Bold Games are at the Varsity field.

Soccer now 10-1-2

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It’s been an unfamiliar feeling for the Kaneland soccer squad this year.

For the first time this season, despite a close match, KHS lost to host Geneva (9-5-1, 3-0-0 WSC) on Monday in Western Sun Conference play by a 2-1 tally.

“It’s not unfamiliar, just this year,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.

“We’ll practice and go. We had a couple players not here, and the players did well with that adversity and we’ll move on.”

Geneva broke a 1-1 tie on a goal with 13:29 to play in regulation by Amanda Lulek.

Earlier in the week, Kaneland completed its 12th straight match without a loss in a 4-3 win at Morris.

Currently, the Lady Knights are 10-1-2 (1-1-1 WSC).

The Lady Knights fell behind early against the Vikings six minutes, nine seconds into the game on a double penalty kick, a first seen by Parillo.

Geneva’s first attempt at the penalty kick was high over the crossbar, but the officials ruled a KHS player had stepped into the goal box, allowing another try, which was converted by Sammi Hill. The kick went off of the post and off of goalkeeper Jordan Ginther (12 saves) into the net for the lead.

“I’ve never had it happen to me in nine years of coaching,” Parillo said.

With 10:04 remaining in the first half, Colleen Gebauer converted on a penalty kick to the right of goalie Jenny Lienau to tie matters after getting tripped up in the box.

Against the Lady Redskins, Kaneland and Morris were tied at one after the first 40 minutes before pulling away.

Sophie Blank had two goals, while Katie Taylor and Gebauer had the others.

Emily Heimerdinger had two assists, and Gebauer added one.

Soccer takes Blackhawk title

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For Kaneland girls soccer, it’s quite alright to party like its 2005.

For the 2010 version of the Lady Knights is easily the best since the version five years ago, evidenced by KHS taking the Blackhawk Invite title at West Aurora on April 14.

The 3-0 win over Rochelle cinched the deal, and continued Kaneland girls soccer’s best start in school history.

On Saturday, KHS managed a 1-1 tie vs. Burlington Central, stopping a seven-match win streak, but continuing an unbeaten streak.

On Monday, Kaneland finished off host Marengo by a 6-1 count.

Tuesday had Kaneland battle host DeKalb to a 1-1 draw.

The Lady Knights now sit at 8-0-2.

Against the Western Sun Conference rival Hubs, scoring threat Emily Heimerdinger had a shot stopped five minutes in, while Katie Taylor’s opportunity seven minutes later was also stymied.

Kaneland finally hit the net when Heimerdinger received a centered pass from Taylor in the box and scored with 21:03 remaining in the first half.

With a chance to do more damage, Heimerdinger rocketed a shot from just outside the box to give KHS a 2-0 lead with four ticks left in the half.

“(Asst. coach Travis) Bickley said to me, watch and we’ll score with less than a minute left, and sure enough we did. They’re talented enough and they believe in themselves enough that even when they’re lackluster, they’re going to win,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.

“2-0 is a good lead, I guess, but it’s not where we wanted to be,” Heimerdinger said. “They were still in it.”

Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Ginther, who’s allowed just three attempts to get past her through eight matches, continued her strong play in the second half.

Heimerdinger attributes the above-average play in the net as one of the perks of a fantastic start.

“The shutouts are the biggest thing; Jordan has been playing great and our defense is stopping everything,” Heimerdinger said.

The scoring column was closed with 22 seconds remaining in the contest, thanks to a Shelby Koester goal that occured despite two Rochelle defenders hanging with her every step.

Against the host Indians, KHS went out to a 4-1 lead at the half before tacking on two more.

Heimerdinger scored twice and had two assists, while Colleen Gebauer had two of her own. Sophie Blank had a goal and assist while Sam Wantuch scored her first goal of the 2010 campaign.

Heimerdinger scored goal No. 14 on the year in the first half against DHS, but the Lady Barbs rallied in the second half to tie.

KHS faces Yorkville on Thursday, April 22.

Lady Knights Soccer:
Alive and Kicking
EMILY HEIMERDINGER—14 goals
SHELBY KOESTER—6 goals
THALIA GARCIA—3 goals
COLLEEN GEBAUER—3 goals
ANDIE BRUCE—3 goals
KATIE TAYLOR—2 goals
SOPHIE BLANK—2 goals
SAM WANTUCH—1 goal
Kaneland has outscored its opponents 34-5 in 2010.

Lady Knights 6-0 on pitch

Kaneland’s start on the pitch shows no signs of slowing down.

Even if the Lady Knights have given up a whopping two goals after three straight shutouts to open 2010.

The girls soccer squad has its best start in team history and are 6-0.

So far this week, the Lady Knights took care of visiting Class A team Indian Creek in Maple Park by a final of 7-0 under cold conditions on April 7.

In the opening of the 2010 Blackhawk Soccer Tournament on Thursday, Kaneland executed a 3-2 win over host West Aurora. Kaneland followed that gem with a 4-0 shutout against Plainfield East in the second game of the gathering on Saturday. Finally, the Lady Knights put forth a Tuesday shutout against the Lady Sabres of Streamwood by a 4-0 clip.

Against the Lady T-Wolves, Emily Heimerdinger scored twice, while additional goals were scored by Andie Bruce, Katie Taylor, Shelby Koester, Thalia Garcia and Colleen Gebauer.

Against West Aurora, KHS and the hosts were deadlocked at two after the first 40 minutes until Kaneland scored again.

Heimerdinger, Koester and Gebauer found the net.

Heimerdinger managed a hat trick against the Bengals and Garcia also added one. Haley Johnson tallied an assit.

Against Streamwood, Heimerdinger, Koester, Sophie Blank and Andie Bruce found the net.

Soccer defeats Rosary

AURORA—Kaneland High School girls soccer can get used to this.

Using an Emily Heimerdinger goal on a Thalia Garcia assist with 15 minutes remaining in regulation, the Lady Knights came away with a 1-0 triumph over nearby rival Rosary last Wednesday.

Kaneland, following a season-opening win against IMSA, now improves to 2-0.

Freshman goalkeeper Jordan Ginter has yet to allow a goal in her two matches.

In JV action, Rosary defeated KHS by a 6-0 final.

Kaneland has an extended break before picking up the non-conference action on Wednesday, April 7, against visiting Indian Creek.

Lady Knights kick off with 4-0 win

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Ideal conditions met the Kaneland High School girls soccer team on Tuesday afternoon, as did an ideal result.

Using four first-half goals and enough defense to do the trick, the Lady Knights came away with a 4-0 win over IMSA to begin the season 1-0.

Captain Shelby Koester found the net 5 minutes, 48 seconds into the contest off an assist by Emily Heimerdinger.

Koester struck again with 27:29 left in the first half after putting in a blocked shot attempt that rebounded her way.

Midfielder Thalia Garcia rocketed a ball in the net 2:07 later, and midfielder Taylor White put in a shot thanks to a Katie Taylor assist with 10:42 to go in the half.

“We stepped it up,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We started out a little sluggish, but once we got the first goal it seemed we got another one every few minutes. We had other people besides Emily (Heimerdinger) score goals, so that’s huge.”

Earning her first shutout, freshman Jordan Ginther appreciated the opportunity.

“I was pretty nervous,” Ginther said. “It was my first game in high school, but the girls are great.”

The Lady Knights take on host Rosary on Thursday, March 25, at 4:30 p.m.

5 captains, new goalie for soccer

Photo: Midfielder Sophie Blank participates in pre-season drills for Lady Knights soccer. Photo by Mike Slodki
by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—What happens when most of the Lady Knights soccer squad that scored a sizable upset over Hampshire in regional action returns?

You’ll have optimism and talent on a squad that tied its mark for most wins in club history.

“We got the lead against Hampshire and held on to it,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “You go back a few months and we lose a 3-0 lead at West Aurora. So that win was a ‘get over the hump’ moment for us.”

Leading the charge are the five captains. Midfielder Colleen Gebauer, defenseman Megan Gil, forward Emily Heimerdinger, midfielder Haley Johnson and midfielder Shelby Koester bring talent, experience and a solid core familiar with big late-season victories.

“They bring knowledge of the game and played big schools and small schools. Megan is a four-year varsity player, Emily’s a scoring machine, and Shelby, Colleen and Haley are all three-year varsity players. They’ve all been in pressure-filled games,” Parillo said.

Returnee Sophie Blank, pivotal to the regional semifinal win, moves out of goal to midfield, her more natural position.

In goal is freshman Jordan Ginther, who has already managed a shutout this year.

One might ask why there’s a wealth of experience in the field and a freshman in goal.

“You’ve got to watch her play. Her club team is nationally ranked. She will blow people’s minds,” Parillo said.

Joining Gil on the defense is teammate Natalie Swieca, back for a third year.

Savannah Webb returns as well on defense, for a unit looking to recover from graduation losses.

Amy Fabrizius is set for forward, midfield and maybe a bit of defense.

“We have enough players that can play multiple positions; we should be OK,” Parillo.

Katie Taylor shores up the forward ranks along with Andi Bruce and Abby Bend. Melissa Bohorquez can play forward and midfield, as can Sam Wantuch.

Also back for more is midfielder Thalia Garcia, who has already found the net this season. Anna Heinrichs plays defense and midfield, while Valerie Tockstein and Taylor White help out the midfield and forward ranks.

Soccer plays its usual West Aurora Tournament stop beginning on Thursday, April 8, and hosts the Burlington Central Tournament beginning on Friday, May 7. The regular season ends on Tuesday, May 11, at Batavia.

Kaneland’s ‘09 kicks ended by Crystal Lake Central

by Mike Slodki
A productive Kaneland soccer season launched the girls into their first ever regional championship match on Friday night.

Unfortunately, at the home of the Burlington Central Rockets, that’s where the launch ended.

Dealing with top-seeded Crystal Lake Central, the Lady Knights dropped a 3-0 result in a physical contest.

The loss, coming after a high-intensity 1-0 win over Hampshire last Tuesday, ended the Lady Knights’ 2009 campaign at an above-average 11-9-3.

That’s the best winning percentage in team history, eclipsing a 2005 squad that went 11-10-1.

That team, also coached by Scott Parillo, defeated Hinckley-Big Rock in a class A opening round matchup before losing to Wauconda in Hampshire.

The Tigers drew first blood with a shot over goalkeeper Sophie Blank’s head in just 6 minutes, 40 seconds into the match for a 1-0 lead.

The two teams stalemated until a header found its way in just 1:31 before halftime to make it a 2-0 margin.

Crystal Lake Central’s final score came with 36:52 left in the contest.

Parillo lauded the girls’ season despite the less-than-ideal end result.

“We really did well,” Parillo said. “We had freshmen and sophomores starting at different points. We’re young and this is going to leave a bad taste in their mouths. Crystal Lake Central did everything they needed to do to win, but this is the first time to a final for us and it was a good experience.”

Kaneland says goodbye to five seniors: Savanna Castillo, Brittany Chase, Bridget Crosby, Danni Garcia and Sarah Goodrich.

“We had pretty good leadership. Three were captains and it’s a shame to lose them, they were all good kids,” Parillo said.