MAPLE PARK – At one point during Saturday’s girls soccer match between St. Charles East and Kaneland, the Saints only had 10 players of the field due to an East player thinking she was being replaced.
Knights coach Scott Parillo felt like the Saints had more than the regulation 11 players in during the game, which the Saints won, 2-0.
“Sometimes it felt like there were 15 girls out there because it seemed like every time we were trying to make our pass, there they were,” Parillo said of his team’s inability to move the ball in the Saints' territory.
“We couldn’t string together enough passes today. They were quick enough to move over and cut off our passing lanes. They are an aggressive and fast team. ”
While East’s speedy players gave the Knights (3-3-1) few scoring opportunities in the non-conference match, Kaneland’s strong defense, led by Purdue-bound goalkeeper Jordan Ginther, kept the Saints from running away with the game.
“We had the lion’s share of the possessions,” said Saints coach Paul Jennison. “It definitely was in our favor for shots on the target. We came up against a very good keeper today. She made four or five saves today that most keepers wouldn’t make. She was, hands down, the best goalkeeper we have seen all year.”
Forward Shannon Rasmussen, who tallied both goals for the 9-9-1 Saints, agreed.
“Their keeper was fantastic, and we knew before the game started,” Rasmussen said. “We had a bunch of chances but we just couldn’t put one away. We just kept hitting them straight at her or taking some real far out shots."
“Our defense was outstanding today,” Parillo said. “They were constantly under pressure and were able to clear out most of the balls. And you got to remember that one of them, Sage [Schlehofer], is a freshman
East scored its first goal 69 seconds into the game, when the ball rebounded off Rasumussen’s face into the net.
“The ball was bouncing around and someone tried to clear it and it just bounced back off of me,” said Rasmussen, a junior.
Rasmussen scored her team’s second goal on a free kick with 3:36 left in the contest before the Knights got in position.
“[Ginther] was sitting on the post directing where the wall should be at and coach said play it," Rasmussen said. "I just kicked it and put it in the far corner and she couldn’t get there in time.”
“It's never fun to lose but St. Charles is a quality team,” Parillo said. "It’s good for our girls to play schools like that because it only makes us better.”