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Soccer

Jahns leads Kaneland to regional semi win over Rochelle

Sycamore's Joseph Quinn kicks the ball away from Kaneland's Tucker Jahns while laying on the ground Thursday during their game at Sycamore High School.
Sycamore's Joseph Quinn kicks the ball away from Kaneland's Tucker Jahns while laying on the ground Thursday during their game at Sycamore High School.

WHEATON – Rochelle had a pair of near scoring chances only minutes into Tuesday’s Class 2A regional semifinal.

Kaneland star Tucker Jahns had the response.

Ultimately, three of them.

Jahns broke away on a rush for his first of three goals on the evening with 37:43 left in the first half to put Kaneland on the fast track to a 5-2 victory over Rochelle at Wheaton Academy

The Knights now advance to the regional final, hosted 4 p.m. Friday at Wheaton Academy. Last season, the Knights fell in the Class 2A regional final to Marmion Academy, 5-0.

Kaneland (16-6) defeated Rochelle (13-8) twice during the regular season, outscoring the Hubs, 11-3.

“I said after that first goal, we kind of got comfortable with it,” Jahns said. “We thought it was going to be our game. This is our third time playing Rochelle [this season].”

Jahns has seven hat tricks and 33 goals on the year.

“I had the goal going into the game to beat my goal record of 31 [for the season],” Jahns said. “That’s almost [the] most in school history. A girl in our school has 97 [for her career]. I’m at 96 right now.”

“I said it to [the team] before, I hate playing a team three times in a year, especially if you beat them the first two times,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said.

“Too many times I’ve seen things happen. ... A few years ago, DeKalb beat us twice in the regular season; we beat them in the playoffs. I just didn’t want that to happen.’ ”

Rochelle junior forward Brayan Orozco equalized with 17:26 left in the first half after the Kaneland defense couldn’t clear the Hubs’ offensive attack.

Five regulation minutes later, Jahns scored again for his second goal on a semi-breakway that was ignited by a nifty Knights defensive slide tackle to get the offense going the other direction.

Gavin Cano added the Knights’ third goal on a penalty kick with 2:19 left in the first half, where the score remained 3-1.

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