MAPLE PARK – Referring to Monday’s opening game of Interstate 8 against Sycamore, the Caneland girls’ soccer team did not play in nine days. But it had been a long time since Brigid Gannon had finished on the field.
Gannon was playing his first game six months after ACL surgery and scored twice to help the Knights hold a 3-0 win over the Spartans.
“I wanted to get back on the field again, set some goals,” said Gannon. “That was my goal, to get a score right away. It feels good to be back in six months, after all these hard work in recovery. ”
Although he said he did not score as fast as he wanted – it took him until the 35th minute to score the first goal of the game – he said he was happy with his first game back.
Caneland coach Scott Parillo said he was delighted to see the young players’ strong play in success.
“She was training as much as she could with us,” said Gannon. “She’s not close to the animal kingdom, and I think she might agree with that, but she’s got it. He would practice with us, and then he would go to the physical therapist. Then familiarize yourself with us and physical therapy. I make her happy. He has worked his tail to play this season. “
The Knights (2-2, 1-0 Interstate 8) controlled the game early on before the next but were unable to communicate until Gannon’s goal.
In the second half, the Spartans reversed the script and began to control the ball in the offense. But the defense kept in the Knights, with Katie Kurz turning the Spartans’ second-round pick, including Karlin Kruizenga’s clean sheet after Sycamore top broke the Kaneland line and made a beehive goal.
Kruizenga got another shot in front of an article cleared by Kurz earlier in the half. Ella Shipley looked good in the 48th minute, but Audrey Salamon pulled it off.
Eleven minutes later, Jade Schrader came out on free in front of the Sycamore goal, pushing Sycamore 2-0.
“Until the second half I thought we won that half,” said Sycamore coach Kevin Bickley. “Unfortunately I gave up that goal late in the second half after a kind of comeback and forward. They had a lot of games in the first half, but in the second half I thought we fixed some things and it seemed like we had a lot of chances down there. “
Bickley said there are many issues that offend the Spartans (0-5-2, 0-1) due to crime, and not being able to exercise outdoors due to the weather does not help.
“We’re still trying to find the right combination,” Bickley said. “Ella’s legs are still below her in basketball. And we are still a young group. Apart from the three adults, the other girls played only one season in varsity football. ”
Gannon led 3-0 with 4:28 on the left, taking a meal and nailing it home before the score.
“I was proud of my team,” said Gannon. “We came in with a little bit of exercise because Sycamore is very competitive. But overall I think we played well and communicated well. ”
Kaneland had only been training, internally, for the past nine days since their last game. Parillo said that was what made him so happy to go and win against a tough Caneland team.
“You do not know what the conference will be like, so that they can fight hard for us,” said Parillo. “I think they will be fine. … I think we are the two best teams but we don’t know for sure yet. We haven’t seen anyone else. ”