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Girls Soccer: Lemont knocks out Providence

Lemont's Kim Jerantowski (11) reacts as Providence goalie stops her shot. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Lemont's Kim Jerantowski (11) reacts as the Providence goalie stops her shot. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 29, 2014 6:34AM



Tuesday’s Class 2A Lincoln-Way West Sectional semifinal between Lemont and Providence still was up for grabs nearly midway through the second half when the Indians’ Kim Jerantowski showed off her All-State skills to assure the Indians’ spot in the state’s Sweet Sixteen.

Jerantowski carried the ball down the sideline on a counterattack, cut inside against two defenders and took a shot from a tough angle that seemed sure to sail wide. Instead, she bent the ball off the inside of the far post and into the top of the net.

The goal gave the top-seeded Indians a 2-0 lead, which was the final score in New Lenox.

“In practice, my coaches have been telling me to go 1-on-1 more instead of passing it off,” Jerantowski said. “I saw my chance there and I saw the far post open so I just aimed there.”

The Indians (19-2-2), who finished third in the state last season, advanced to take on Lincoln-Way West or Tinley Park in Friday’s final.

No. 4 seed Providence finished 13-10-2.

“I thought we did enough to score in the first half and got unlucky not to,” Lemont coach Rick Prangen said. “We worked hard for the first goal and then Kim’s goal. What can you say? It was one of the best goals I’ve ever seen.”

After a scoreless first half, Lemont got on the board when Aleks Mihailovic slipped a pass to Joy Drassler, who chipped the ball ahead. Off a deflection, the ball ended up at the feet of Lauren Lumsden, who put it in with 31:28 to go.

“I just had to tap it in,” Lumsden said. “It wasn’t much. When it went it in, it was kind of surreal. I was like ‘Really? I just scored?’ ”

Providence tested Lemont goalie Kelly Fritz — who recorded her 19th shutout of the season — with two shots on goal. The Celtics’ best chance came Marybeth Galick got behind the defense and fired a laser right at the chest of a charging Fritz with 28:45 left.

Kyleigh Maday’s strike on a free kick with 16:46 also was denied by Fritz.

Nicki Griffith made four saves for Providence.

“We were happy with 0-0 at halftime and I thought we responded well after their first goal,” Providence coach Dan Potempa said. “It kind of woke us up and we had some momentum, and then (Jerantowksi) gets that sick goal and it kind of sunk us.

“I’m really proud of our team, though. I thought we went out with a good performance against a really good team.”

Tuesday’s second Class 2A Lincoln-Way West Sectional semifinal between Lincoln-Way West and Tinley Park was suspended because of severe weather. The match, which was scoreless with 12:42 left in the first half, will be resumed at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.



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