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.