AURORAâ€”For the second straight year, the Kaneland Lady Knightsâ€™ 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. Kanelandâ€™s final record is 15-3-5 (3-2-2 Western Sun Conference), which marks an all-time best for coach Scott Parilloâ€™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.