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Girls Soccer: Lemont one better than Tinley Park

Updated: June 10, 2014 6:30AM



Lemont coach Rick Prangen succinctly summed up how Kim Jerantowski beat Tinley Park.

“Special players make special plays,” he said.

With good scoring chances few and far between Wednesday, Jerantowski created some championship-winning magic to score the only goal in the visiting Indians’ 1-0 South Suburban Blue win.

Off a Lemont throw-in, Jerantowski jostled the ball away from a Tinley Park player about 35 yards away from goal, split two defenders and perfectly placed a shot inside the far post in the 17th minute.

“I stole it off the throw-in and I saw a chance on the far side,” Jerantowski said. “I saw an opening and I just went for it.”

The win assured the Indians (14-1-2, 10-0) at least a share of the Blue title, and a victory Tuesday over Argo will wrap up the outright crown. Lemont has won the Blue outright every season since the league’s creation in 2006.

“It means a lot,” Prangen said. “Tinley Park is a good team and coming in and playing them on their field was good for us.”

The Titans (12-6, 9-1) hung tough after Jerantowski’s goal, but couldn’t break through against the Indians’ defense, led by center defender Nicole Balinski — who Prangen called the “man of the match” — as well as Lauren Devlin, Lindsey Mazur and Joy Drassler.

Tinley Park’s best chances came on a pair of free kicks, with Jenna Rivera firing wide on one in the first half and high on another in the second half.

“We were just working hard, making good plays and being smart with the ball,” Balinski said. “We still have a lot to work on, but we’re doing a lot of good things.”

Lemont had two good chances to extend the lead in the final 20 minutes. Jerantowski showed off her skill again in beating three defenders before being robbed by Tinley Park goalie Alexis Boyer, who made a diving save. Later, Aleks Mihailovic fired a shot off the crossbar.

Boyer made seven saves to keep the Titans close. Lemont’s Kelly Fritz recorded her 14th shutout.

“We played strong and we definitely hung with them, especially in the second half,” Tinley Park coach Michelle Youngberg said. “We were just lacking a bit with our offensive attack. I think we’re building and getting stronger and stronger going into the playoffs.”



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