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Lemont girls’ soccer finishes fourth at 2017 IHSA Class 2A State Finals

6/3/2017

Lemont's girls' soccer program earned its fifth state trophy since 2009 by placing fourth at the 2017 IHSA Class 2A State Finals.

Making its fifth state finals appearance in nine seasons, head coach Rick Prangen’s girls’ soccer program posted a fourth-place finish at the 2017 IHSA Class 2A Girls’ Soccer State Finals, which were contested on June 2-3 at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. Lemont lost in a shootout to Wheaton Academy in a semifinal game on June 2, and fell by a 3-1 score to Burlington Central in the third-place game on June 3.

In the state semifinal match, Lemont and Wheaton Academy battled through 100 scoreless minutes before heading to the shootout, in which Wheaton Academy eventually prevailed, 7-6, in dramatic fashion. Junior goalie Michelle Jerantowski made seven saves in regulation and overtime to earn the shutout.

In the third-place match, sophomore Michaela Egan staked Lemont to a first-half lead, settling a throw-in from freshman Grace Panegasser to score her sixth goal of the season in the 33rd minute. The Indians held that lead until Burlington Central scored three times in a 10-minute span in the second half. Jerantowski totaled seven saves.

Lemont made its fifth straight “odd year” state finals appearance. The Indians posted a state runner-up finish in 2009, placed third in 2011, and now have finished fourth in their last three state finals trips (2013, 2015, 2017).

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Lemont (20-3-4) entered the state finals riding a 24-match unbeaten streak. After dropping their season-opener, the Indians posted a 20-0-4 record leading up to the state finals, capped by an exciting 1-0 win over host Hinsdale South in the IHSA Super-Sectional round. The two teams looked as though they would head to overtime after battling through 78 scoreless minutes. However, freshman Adriana Patiño scored with just under two minutes left to give the Indians a lead that they would not relinquish. Jerantowski made three saves to pick up the shutout. The win avenged a season-opening loss at Hinsdale South.

Lemont surrendered one first-half goal all season. Junior Mairead Ruane led the team with 30 goals, 15 assists and 75 points, while Jerantowski stopped 48 of 57 shots on goal and posted 16 shutouts. The Indians reached the 20-win mark for the seventh time in 11 seasons and captured their 11th straight South Suburban Conference title.

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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