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Lemont uses late goal to beat Hinsdale South, earn fifth girls’ soccer state finals berth


Lemont clinched its fifth state finals berth since 2009 with its win over Hinsdale South.

Since 2009, odd years on the calendar have corresponded with state finals berths for Lemont High School’s girls’ soccer program. Thanks to a late goal from a first-year player, 2017 is no different. Head coach Rick Prangen’s Indians edged host Hinsdale South, 1-0, at the IHSA Hinsdale South Super-Sectional on May 30 to earn a trip to the 2017 IHSA Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Finals, which will be contested on June 2-3 at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. Lemont will make its fifth state finals appearance since 2009, and is seeking its first state title in girls’ soccer.

Lemont (20-1-4) will face Wheaton Academy (20-5) at 11 a.m. in the first IHSA Class 2A State Semifinal match on June 2. In the second state semifinal, Burlington Central and Triad will square off at 1 p.m. The IHSA Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Championship is slated for approximately 1 p.m. on June 3, while the third-place game will be played at 11 a.m.

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Lemont and Hinsdale South looked like they were headed to overtime after battling through 78 scoreless minutes. However, freshman Adriana Patiño collected a loose ball in the box and rifled a shot into the lower left corner of the goal to give the Indians a lead that they would not relinquish. Junior goalkeeper Michelle Jerantowski stopped all three shots on goal that she faced to pick up her 16th shutout of the season.

After dropping its season-opener at Hinsdale South, Lemont has put together a 24-match unbeaten streak. Lemont has surrendered one first-half goal all season, and just five goals total in the last 24 matches. The Indians have outscored five postseason opponents by a 25-1 margin.

Junior Mairead Ruane has totaled team highs of 30 points, 15 goals and 75 points, establishing school single-season records for goals and points. Patiño ranks second on the squad with both 17 goals and 38 points, while senior Carli Bermele has posted career highs of 10 points, eight assists and 28 points. Jerantowski has stopped 34 shots and allowed just eight goals in 22 contests.

The state semifinal match-up with Wheaton Academy will mark the third time the two teams have met in the state finals. Lemont dropped a 3-0 decision to Wheaton Academy in the 2009 state title game, but won 2-0 in the third-place match in 2011. The Indians have finished fourth in their last two state finals appearances in 2013 and 2015.

Girls’ soccer is the 10th Lemont High School sport to be represented in IHSA State Finals competition this year. The cheerleading squad won the IHSA Medium Division State Championship; the girls’ cross country team was 14th at the Class 2A State Finals; the dance team was 14th at the Class 2A State Finals; the boys’ golf team was 11th at the Class 2A State Finals; Sylvia Kobylak competed at the IHSA Swimming State Finals; several boys’ tennis players advanced to the IHSA Class A State Finals; boys’ track and field’s David Lehenbauer competed in the high jump at the IHSA Class 3A State Finals; the girls’ track and field’s 4 x 400 relay team advanced to the IHSA Class 3A State Finals; and the wrestling team advanced several individuals to the IHSA Class 2A State Finals and also advanced to the IHSA Class 2A Team State Finals.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.
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