Photo: Senior captain Brittany Olson goes after the soccer ball. Olson, together with her teammates, scored eight goals. Photo by Mary Paulson
Kaneland secures Blackhawk Invite title, slams Yorkville
KANELAND—This group of Lady Knights kickers is putting together an early-season run seldom seen by soccer faithful.
Kaneland’s week began with an 8-1 closeout of the West Aurora-hosted Blackhawk Invite by beating East Aurora on April 16, followed by an 8-0 win over invading Rochelle on Thursday. Monday saw a trip to Campbell Field in Yorkville for a 6-0 conference win.
KHS, winners of its first Invite title in four years, sits at a stout 8-1 and 3-0 in the Northern Illinois Big XII landscape on the heels of an eight-match win streak.
Against the Tomcats, it was a seven-goal barrage in 22 minutes that secured the win and a halved clock in the second half.
“We’re playing well,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We’re knocking the ball around. We’re doing good things. We’re healthy and we don’t have anybody who’s not playing right now.”
Brittany Olson got things started with 29:08 left off a Michelle Ortiz assist, followed by a Courtney Diddell goal with 27:46 left off a Madi Jurcenko feed. Jurcenko punched one in on a corner kick that was last touched by EA with 25:21 remaining in the half. Delaney Stryczek made it 4-0 off a free kick with 19:44 to go. Paige Guyton was fed by Jurcenko with 17:36 to go, while Holly Collingbourne’s unassisted try made it 6-0. Kiandra Powell’s goal with 7:13 left off a Lauren Ortiz assist allowed the seven-goal margin.
After an EA penalty kick with 12:09 left got the Tomcats on the board, Ashley Crotteau’s shot off a Taylor Opperman pass completed the scoring with 5:24 left.
Diddell’s goal was one of many in the win over EA that seems to be a microcosm of the current state of KHS soccer.
“We’re really confident right now,” Diddell said. “For the most part, we’re on our game all the time. People usually drop to the other team’s level while playing, but this year we’re staying consistent.”
In the eight-goal win over conference foe Rochelle, Jurcenko impressed with a hat trick, while Olson added two goals to sandwich her teammate’s scores. The second-half goals were accomplished by Emily Grams, Jurcenko, Michelle Ortiz and Collingbourne off a corner attempt.
Against YHS, KHS put together four goals in a 30 minute, 28 second span, thanks to Heather Ortiz, Jurcenko, Olson and Jess Coia. The second-half paydirt was hit by Heather Ortiz’s penalty kick and Collingbourne.
On Thursday, April 24, the Lady Knights continue conference play by hosting Sycamore.