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.