Category Archives: Girls Soccer

Leveling the playing field

by Lynn Meredith
To put Kaneland on a more equal playing field, the district is considering becoming part of a new conference.

At an informational meeting open to the public where two community members, one student, and 20 coaches attended, the School Board heard a presentation on the reasons for switching from the Western Sun Conference to a newly formed conference with schools as far away as Dixon.

“With the new conference proposal we will still be able to compete against schools of our size and IHSA classification on our area,” Superintendent Charlie McCormick said.

The schools in the farther-reaching districts have enrollments closer in size to Kaneland’s, so presumably Kaneland could win more games than it has been able to do with Geneva, Batavia and Glenbard South, in its current conference.

“It’s in our best interests for what we have. It’s good that every school’s the same size,” head girls cross country coach Doug Ecker said. “The conference will give good competition and Kaneland kids can all compete.”

Board member Cheryl Krauspe had questions about the cost of the switch.

“Here’s the question that I continue to ask—how much is it going to cost? It will cost more to drive to Geneseo than it does to Geneva, and you know transportation is the one area where the state reimbursements are not coming in,” Krauspe said.

Financial implications will be discussed further at the regular board meeting Tuesday, May 26.

Enrollment comparison

Division #1 (new) Ottawa 1,602, LaSalle-Peru 1,280, Streator 1,030, Sterling 1,033, Dixon 969, Geneseo 914

Division #2 (new) DeKalb 1,710, Yorkville 1,295, Sycamore 1,162, Rochelle 1,116, Morris 1,075, Kaneland 1,040

WSC Geneva 1,978, Batavia 1,858, DeKalb 1,710, Glenbard South 1,421, Yorkville 1,295, Sycamore 1,162, Rochelle 1,116, Kaneland 1,040

Travel comparison from Kaneland

Proposed conference (miles) DeKalb 14, Sycamore 16.4, Yorkville 18.6, Rochelle 32.9, Morris 38.8, Ottawa 51.2, Dixon 55, Streator 67.1, Sterling 68.5, LaSalle-Peru 71.4, Geneseo 112

WSC (miles) Geneva 11.3, Batavia 12.2, DeKalb 14, Sycamore 16.4, Yorkville 18.6, Glenbard South 27.5, Rochelle 32.9

KHS rockets over Hampshire in 1-0 thriller

Free kick by Gebauer propels soccer to regional title chance
by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights soccer had the odds against it in the regional semifinal match on Tuesday.

Going up against a Class A juggernaut in Hampshire that moved to 2A in the new three-class system and was a State-goer the past three seasons, the Lady Knights’ chances against the Whip-purs may have seemed slight.

What happened was that Kaneland made good on its best chance, a free kick by Colleen Gebauer with 4:17 remaining in regulation, and took a 1-0 win into Friday’s 2A Burlington Central Regional against (1) Crystal Lake Central.

Kaneland improved to 11-8-3 and tied the most wins in team history.

“I just asked for my 10 yards and waited for our people to get set up,” Gebauer said. “I just aimed for the corners and hoped for the best.”

With still more work to do, Sophie Blank held strong in goal and made a sliding save with 3:28 remaining. Emily Heimerdinger had a chance just a minute prior to the goal with a shot that hit the post.

“We just needed to be aggressive and keep our focus,” defender Megan Gil said. “The last five minutes were going to be the most crucial of the whole game. Celebrate the goal and settle down.”

With a 9-1 win at Western Sun Conference rival Yorkville in the morning, the Lady Knights assured themselves of their first winning season since 2005 (11-10-1) and the second in team history.

Kaneland also ends its conference portion of the season at 2-5.

Against the Lady Foxes, KHS went out to a 5-1 lead after the first 40 minutes of action, and added four more in the second half.

Emily Heimerdinger scored three goals, and Bridget Crosby added two herself. The other goals were had by Thalia Garcia, Andi Bruce, Paige Rogers and Sarah Goodrich.

The freshmen closed their season out with an 8-1 loss to Plainfield North on Thursday, as Hayley Garcia found the net.

PHOTO: Megan Gil tries to get the ball out of Kaneland’s zone in the second half of the varsity home loss to Batavia on May 12. The Lady Knights improved to 11-8-3 with an upset win over Hampshire at Tuesday’s regional. Photo by John DiDonna

KHS soccer has scoring woes

Lady Knight soccer looks to be in a scoring and losing funk, but there is still time to work out of it before the playoffs start.

In a busy week, the Lady Knights played five matches and went 0-4-1, scoring just twice in 400 minutes of play.

Kaneland soccer is now 9-8-3 (1-5 Western Sun Conference) heading into the regular season finale on Friday.

In a Western Sun Conference battle, Sycamore defeated Kaneland 3-0 on Thursday.

In the Burlington Central Tournament, played at Kaneland on Friday and Saturday due to wet field conditions in Rocket-land, the Lady Knights lost to Burlington Central 2-0, but tied Woodstock 2-2. Colleen Gebauer and Bridget Crosby found the net for Kaneland.

The Raiders defeated KHS 4-0 on Monday, and Batavia took care of Kaneland on Tuesday 3-0.

One more regular season contest is left for the Lady Knights at Yorkville on Friday, May 15.

The Class 2A Burlington Central Regional begins for KHS on Tuesday, May 19, vs. last year’s Class A runner-up Hampshire at 7 p.m.

The winner of that skirmish faces either Crystal Lake Central, Marengo or Burlington Central on Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m. in the regional title game.

In lower-class action, the frosh/soph soccer roster lost to Sycamore 7-0 to drop to 1-6 and 0-4 in the conference. The JV squad dropped a 2-1 result to the Spartans to drop to 8-2-1, with Abby Bend scoring on a feed from Judith Chavez.

WSC seeing last days?

In the fall of 2006, Kaneland left the ashes of the Suburban Prairie Conference and joined seven other schools in the brand-new Western Sun Conference.

Now, in the spring of 2009, the Western Sun Conference looks as if its going supernova.

In late-April, Kaneland met with 11 other schools to draw up plans for a new 12-team conference that would kick off in the fall of 2010. The administration will recommend to the Kaneland School Board at the Tuesday, May 26, meeting to exit the eight-team Western Sun Conference.

Joining the exodus of the WSC with Kaneland would be DeKalb, Rochelle, Sycamore and Yorkville.

The proposed unnamed conference would also potentially include old SPC rival Morris, which is slated to join the North Central Illinois Conference in the fall. The new conference would only have Morris as an NCIC school for one year after leaving the Southwest Prairie Conference.

NCIC schools Dixon, Geneseo, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, Sterling and Streator, which make up the NCIC’s Reagan Division would round out the rest of the conference.

The shift would lead Western Sun rivals Batavia, Geneva and Glenbard South looking for new conference homes.

In the Western Sun Conference, KHS ranks eighth in enrollment with 1,140. Geneva’s 1,978 was first in the group.

The new conference would have Kaneland sixth out of 12. DeKalb’s 1,710 students would be at the top of the list, while Geneseo’s 914 would be at the rear.

The conference would likely use two six-team divisions, with the WSC schools pairing up with Morris for one of the divisions.

- Have your voice heard -

Kaneland Board of Education
Special Public Workshop
Monday, May 18 • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Kaneland High School Library

District personnel will address Kaneland’s history of conference affiliations;
several reasons why a change in conferences is being considered at this time;
and, various aspects of the option being considered.
Questions and comments from the public can be heard.
The board will not consider the recommendation for conference change until Tuesday, May 26

KHS improves to 8-4-2

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.

Kaneland’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.

“I’ve been working on my touches a little more and I’m getting more confident in my shooting,” 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.

“It was an ugly win,” Parillo said. “We had six point-blank breakaways and couldn’t finish. We need to finish and play better defense or else our season’s going to end in two weeks.”

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

Soccer pouring the offense on

Lady Knights soccer (6-4-1, 0-2 Western Sun Conference) hasn’t seen this much early success in quite a while, but it’ll take it.

Kaneland bested the visiting T-Wolves of Indian Creek on Thursday by a score of 2-0.

KHS weapon Emily Heimerdinger once again showed an affinity for the net by scoring one goal in each half.

In less than ideal weather, the Lady Knights peppered 30 shots on goal compared to just three for ICHS.

Meanwhile, Coach Kevin Bickley’s JV roster is not only unbeaten in six matches, but has yet to score a goal.

On Thursday, the JV Lady Knights beat visiting Hampshire 4-0, behind two goals by Katie Taylor and two by Abby Bend.

On Friday, Kaneland varsity used a prolific second half to squash Morris, 5-0.

Braving strong wind gusts, Heimerdinger scored three goals and Haley Johnson contributed with a goal and assist. Colleen Gebauer had two assists, while Andi Bruce added a goal. Megan Gil also notched an assist.

On Tuesday, KHS fell victim to the visiting Geneva Lady Vikings 6-0.

Soccer faces host Glenbard South on Thursday, April 30, and goes to Mendota on Monday, May 4.

Photo: Bridget Crosby gets a header in the second half of Kaneland soccer’s home game against Indian Creek on Thursday. Kaneland won 2-0 with both goals scored by Emily Heimerdinger. Photo by John DiDonna

Lady Knights bring the goals in win over BC

by Mike Slodki
If Lady Knights soccer had more weeks like this, it’d put itself in pretty good shape.

A productive week leaves the Lady Knights at 4-3-1 through eight matches. Kaneland hosted Burlington Central on Saturday afternoon, coming away with a 6-0 win. Wednesday, April 15, saw KHS end the West Aurora Tournament with a 1-1 tie vs. Rochelle. KHS could have made it through with an undefeated week if not for a 2-1 Tuesday loss to DeKalb.

Against the Rockets, the Lady Knights went out to a 4-0 lead after the first 40 minutes and added two more goals in the second half.

Colleen Gebauer had a goal and assist, while Andi Bruce, Sophie Blank and Emily Heimerdinger also added goals. Amy Fabrizius scored an assist.

The Lady Knights finished the gauntlet a West Aurora with a 2-1-1 record, the second best in team history.

Down 1-0 after the first half against the Lady Hubs, Kaneland felt the pressure and was stopped on several close-range shots in the initial stages of the second frame.

A Blank save seven minutes in preserved the deficit and paved the way for a tie score. A rocket by Shelby Koester just outside the goalie box tied the score at one with 29:39 to go.

“I’m happy we salvaged a tie, because we did not play well in the first half,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said. “We played much better in the second half; that I’m happy about. If we play well, we’re going to score. I told the girls that it shows how good they really are, to not play up to their potential and still manage a tie.”

Against the Barbs, Crosby scored after being fed by Heimerdiner’s assist, but the Lady Knights still suffered a loss in its first conference match.

The JV crew managed a 2-1 win over Plainfield North on Wednesday, April 15. Perla Gaytan and Katie Merlo found the net.

Varsity heads back on the pitch Thursday, April 23, vs. Indian Creek and Saturday, April 25, vs. Morris.

3/16 Soccer Notes

by Mike Slodki
Blackhawk down
A recent standing tradition for the Lady Knights crew is its April stop at West Aurora High School for the Blackhawk tournament.

Now in its fourth year of participating in the invite, Kaneland is 2-1 as of presstime. In 2008, the Lady Knights finished 2-2 in the four matchups-an improvement over the 1-3 finish of 2007.

The Lady Knights took the tournament in 2006 with a 2-0-2 finish.

With the infusion of personnel like sophomore Emily Heimerdinger a year ago, Kaneland’s offense has given itself a fighting chance.

The Lady Knights have outscored the competition by a 14-8 count after five matches.

A year ago, Kaneland had just five goals through four contests, while giving up 10.

Battling Burlington
When the Lady Knights get back to the non-tournament swing of things, they’ll be facing the host Burlington Central Rockets on Saturday.

A member of the Big Northern East Conference, the Rockets are finding it difficult to match the good fortune of last year’s 12-8-1 finish. Currently at 1-5 on the season, BC is led by players like goalkeeper Kirby McMahon and forward Emma Bruderle.

Soccer (3-2) finding good fortune at West Aurora stop

Braving chilly temperatures and unforgiving defenses, Kaneland is doing well for itself in the opening chapters of the 2009 season.

Lady Knights soccer (3-2) opened the annual West Aurora Tournament with a bang as it handed Plano a 5-0 loss on Thursday, April 9.

The Lady Knights improved to 2-1 thanks to a prolific shoot attack. Emily Heimerdinger scored four goals while Bridget Crosby added one. Paige Rogers contributed with an assist.

KHS led 1-0 after the first 40 minutes of play.

KHS then suffered a tough 4-3 loss on Saturday to the host Blackhawks in a game that featured West Aurora coming back from a 3-0 deficit at halftime.

Crosby, Heimerdinger and Colleen Gebauer scored the goals, with Sarah Goodrich supplying an assist.

Continuing the Blackhawks escapade on Tuesday, Kaneland served up a 2-1 defeat to the Streamwood Sabres.

Crosby and Gebauer each scored for KHS while Heimerdinger had an assist.

The Lady Knights looked to end the tournament on a winning note vs. Western Sun Conference-mate Rochelle on Wednesday. A win would put the Lady Knights at 3-1 at West Aurora, their best finish.

Meanwhile, the JV team improved to 3-0 with a 5-0 shutout of Lake Park on Tuesday.

The Lady Knights travel to Burlington Central on Saturday, April 18, and host DeKalb on Tuesday, April 21.

Photo: Junior Thalia Garcia gets one of Kaneland’s many shots on goal in a 5-0 win over Plano last Thursday at the West Aurora Tournament. Kaneland spent almost the entire game on the attack against a second-year Plano squad. Photo by Ben Draper

Soccer drops match to Rosary

Lady Knights soccer came down a little from an opening match high in their second match.

The Rosary Royals took care of the host Lady Knights on Thursday with a 3-0 shutout. Kaneland is now 1-1 after opening its season with a shutout over IMSA last week.

Rosary managed 15 shots on goal, compared with 12 by Kaneland.

Rosary was up 1-0 after the first 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, the JV squad improved to 2-0 with a 2-0 blanking of Rosary on Thursday. Goals were scored by Katie Taylor and Abby Bend. Sam Wantuch, Bend and Taylor had assists.

The varsity team heads off to Yorkville on Monday, April 6, for a Western Sun Conference affair.

Lady Knights subdue IMSA in opener

Kaneland girls soccer got the season off to a winning start with a rain-swept 4-0 win at Illinois Math & Science Academy in Aurora on Tuesday.

With drenched conditions and high winds, Kaneland had 18 shots on goal, hitting paydirt thanks to Emily Heimerdinger (twice), Colleen Gebauer and Shelby Koester.

Sophie Blank made five saves in goal.

Kaneland was up 3-0 after the first half.

The JV squad under coach Kevin Bickley took IMSA by a 6-0 final, thanks to goals by Judith Chavez (2), Katie Taylor (2), Abby Bend and Sam Wantuch.

The Lady Knights’ next test is at home vs. Rosary on Thursday, March 26.

Spring Sports Preview: Kaneland soccer looks to meet team-wide goals

by Mike Slodki
A year ago, Kaneland soccer coach Scott Parillo said his roster had a majority of young, eager players ready to attack the field.

As the 2009 season arrives, those players are returning, still eager and with a year of tough matches on their resume.

It all goes toward what the fifth-year coach hopes will be a successful season with 18 players.

“We are still relatively young, and we have more experience,” Parillo said. “I’m hoping we can finish games better and pull out some of the close ones.”

Looking to avenge a season-ending loss in May to Batavia in the Neuqua Valley Regional last May, Parillo brings back players like sophomore Emily Heimerdinger, a bona fide scoring option.

With those 18 goals, Heimerdinger at forward still serves to be a threat, but the setting will be different.

“She’s not going to surprise anyone this year, and they know about her. People will be reading about her a lot this year,” Parillo said.

Returning forwards also include Bridget Crosby and Amy Fabrizius.

On the midfield side of things look to be Colleen Gebauer and Thalia Garcia. Haley Johnson and Shelby Koester look to be midfielders and scoring options as well.

The defense is projected to have Megan Gil sweeping and Natalie Sevieca stopping. Sarah Goodrich and four-year entry Paige Rogers also help out the defensive side of things.

Returning in goal is Sophie Blank, who performed under fire as a freshman a year ago.

Savanna Castillo patrols midfield, and Savannah Webb joins the team as a defender. Anna Heinrichs, a sophomore, picks up the defense, as well. Andie Bruce is slotted at forward, while Brittany Chase looks to see some time in goal. Danni Garcia, who injured her knee three years ago as a freshman, looks to do damage at the forward spot.

While the conference looks to give Kaneland the usual fits, Kaneland looks to be anything but a pushover.

“Conference will be a challenge, and Sycamore has a couple of D-1 kids. We want to definitely have a .500 conference season and a .500 season. Those were goals that the kids set for themselves, and (we) want to surpass them,” Parillo said.

The season got underway on Tuesday at Illinois Math and Science Academy, with the conference season beginning on Monday, April 6, at Yorkville.