LEMONT – From the moment she stepped onto a soccer field at the age of 4, Kim Jerantowski took a liking to distributing the ball to teammates.
Years later, as a junior at Lemont, nothing much changed for the Indians’ midfielder, who is equally adept at finding the back of the net.
“It’s always a good feeling when you score a goal,” said Jerantowski, who also is the point guard on the Indians basketball team. “But assisting on a goal is as good if not better. Even when I was little, I would always pass to people. I like to share I guess.”
A forward at the very beginning of her career, Jerantowski eventually moved to the center midfield position where she now roams as one of the top players in the area. In her third year on the varsity team, she has totaled 15 goals to go along with 13 assists after scoring 23 goals in 2012.
“I love being able to control the tempo of the game and being able to play offense and defense while being a leader on the field,” said Jerantowski, who began playing traveling soccer in the fourth grade with the Lemont Legacy before moving on to the Chicago Blast and Windy City Pride.
Her skill set caught the eye of many Division I colleges before Jerantowski ultimately chose Northwestern in mid-December. Purdue, Valparaiso, Wisconsin, Iowa and UNC Charlotte also had shown interest.
“They saw me at a tournament in September,” Jerantowski said. “We stayed connected and I visited a couple of times and really liked it.
“Northwestern is great academically and I didn’t want to be too far from my family. Also a goal was to play in the Big Ten. I really like the high level it has. All of the schools are well known and I think I will get a good experience out of it.”
As for the season at hand, Lemont is in the midst of a successful 2013 campaign despite having only three seniors on their roster.
“We still have to work on some of the little things,” Jerantowski said. “And we are still a little inconsistent, but we are doing 10 times better than I thought we would just based on our inexperience.”