Girls Soccer: Lemont overruns Thornton Fractional co-op
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 23, 2013 10:43PM
Lemont's Aleksandra Mihailovic (left) is congratulated by teammate Kim Jerantowski after scoring the first goal against Thornton Fractional co-op. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 25, 2013 6:36AM
Lemont took on the biggest obstacle between it and its seventh straight South Suburban Blue title Tuesday night and cleared it with ease.
Aleksandra Mihailovic had a hat trick in the first half as the Indians scored four times before the break and rolled to a 6-1 win over Thornton Fractional co-op.
“(T.F. co-op) got better throughout the year and we knew they’d be ready for a big game in conference,” said Lemont’s Kim Jerantowski, who had a goal and two assists. “We wanted to put it away quickly.”
Mihailovic, who recorded her second straight hat trick before having to leave the match early in the second half after taking a blow to the head, got the Indians (7-1-2, 6-0) on the board first, beating a defender in the box with a nifty move and finishing with 27:38 left in the opening half.
She scored again six minutes later off a perfect pass from Jerantowski.
Jerantowski, who scored 23 goals last season, has settled into more of a distributor role this year, and dominated play in the midfield Tuesday.
“I’m getting used to it,” she said. “We have (Mihailovic) up there at forward playing great. Last year, I had to score most of the goals, but I actually like assisting on them more.”
Jerantowski certainly still can score, though, as she showed when, with her back to the United goal, she chipped the ball over her shoulder, turned, tracked it down in the box and scored for a 3-0 lead.
Freshman Lindsey Mazur added a goal and an assist for the Indians.
“We’re starting to connect more,” she said. “We’re starting to understand each other more. We still have to play better, but we’ve improved a lot from the beginning of the season.”
Madelyn Bermele also scored for the Indians.
Freshman Nicole Vega broke the shutout for T.F. co-op (12-3, 6-2), scoring her 37th goal of the season with 27 seconds left in the match.
Kelly Fritz made three saves for Lemont, twice denying Andrea Munoz strikes.
“The hard part has been consistency in our game,” Lemont coach Rick Prangen said. “We’ll find out a lot the next two weeks. We go to the tournament in Moline this weekend and we host our tournament next week.”