Girls Soccer: Lemont shuts out Lincoln-Way West for supersectional berth
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media May 30, 2014 7:32PM
Lemont's Lauren Lumsden (19) congratulates Kim Jerantowski after she scored in the first half against Lincoln-Way West. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 2, 2014 2:35PM
Lemont’s Kim Jerantowski kept dribbling and dribbling.
Getting the ball just on the far side of midfield, the forward ran upfield with the ball, faking out one defender and kept on going unmarked for 50-plus yards.
“It felt more like three miles,” Jerantowski said with a smile.
No one was going to stop her on this one.
Jerantowski found the net on an impressive solo run up the field, her first-half score opening things up on the way to a 2-0 Lemont win over host Lincoln-Way West in a Class 2A sectional semifinal.
The sectional title was the second in a row and third in four seasons for Lemont (20-2-2), which will play Tuesday in the Normal West Supersectional against Normal West, a 4-2 winner over Mahomet-Seymour.
“This is my third one, and it never gets old,” Jerantowski said. “Especially playing the home team on their field with the stands full of their fans ... it’s the adrenaline and just the best feeling.”
The Northwestern-bound Jerantowski scored both goals for the Indians, her first coming late in the first half. After fielding the ball in Lemont territory, she dribbled all the way up field, weaving through the defense, only slowing when West goalkeeper Audrey Pearson came out to defend.
Jerantowski flicked a soft shot over Pearson and a defender, the ball finding the net after a bounce.
“When they’re going backward and I’m going forward, it’s hard for them to change direction,” Jerantowski said. “I’m looking for that hole in their defense.”
Closing the door late, she found the net again, scoring on a header at the far post off a beautiful corner kick from Aleksandra Mihailovic with 5:18 left in the second half.
Kelly Fritz recorded the shutout for Lemont with three saves.
“We made some mistakes early and had to realize it, just work together and try harder,” Lemont defender Nicole Balinski said. “We’re given a great opportunity (at the supersectional), and we want to take advantage of it.”
Lincoln-Way West (18-6-1) was making its first sectional final appearance. Pearson finished with four saves in for the Warriors.
“The experience is so valuable,” West coach Jeff Theiss said. “A year older doesn’t mean a year better. We’ve got to make sure we remember this feeling and use it as motivation and fuel to work in the offseason.”