Girls Soccer: Lemont runs past Joliet Catholic
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media May 22, 2013 8:54PM
Lemont's Kim Jerantowski (11) breaks around the Joliet Catholic defense of Lilly Pry. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 22, 2013 10:36PM
A surprising group of teams survived to advance to the Class 2A Lincoln-Way West Sectional, with Marian Catholic upsetting the second-seeded hosts and Joliet Catholic taking out No. 4 seed Providence.
On paper, things got a bit easier for Lemont. The Indians know that doesn’t mean much, though. They’ve been fueled all year by last season’s shocking playoff loss to Providence.
“For me and the other girls who were on the team last year, it makes us work a lot harder,” Lemont’s Kim Jerantowski said. “We just have to keep it in our minds that nothing’s going to be easy.”
The top-seeded Indians took care of business Wednesday night, getting two goals from Jerantowski and scoring three times off set pieces in a 3-1 win over Joliet Catholic in a sectional semifinal.
Lemont (19-3-2) will meet Marian Catholic in Saturday’s championship.
Joliet Catholic finished 8-7-2.
Jerantowski, a junior who already has committed to Northwestern, struck first after she drew a foul that gave the Indians a free kick from 33 yards out. Jerantowski and Aleksandra Mihailovic both set up to take the kick, but Jerantowski gave her teammate a quick message before the whistle was blown.
“I just told her I was going to take that one,” Jerantowski said. “I guess I was feeling it. In practice (Tuesday) we were working on (free kicks) and I was hitting them good.”
Jerantowski made a perfect shot, tucking the ball under the crossbar and inside the far post with 32:10 left in the first half.
Eight minutes later, Mihailovic took a corner kick and bent it into the far side of the net.
The third goal, five minutes into the second half, came on another Jerantowski free kick.
“Lemont is a great team and we just got beat on all those set pieces,” Joliet Catholic coach Oscar Valdez said. “I’m very proud of the girls, though. They played really hard.”
Andriana Acosta got the Angels on the board, scoring on a header with 8:39 to go.
The win aside, Lemont coach Rick Prangen saw plenty of room for improvement.
“We had some uncharacteristic bad passing and we had four or five bad turnovers,” he said. “We have to play better Saturday.”