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Lemont’s Fritz, Jerantowski make college soccer commitments

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 5:50 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:32 a.m. CST
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Provided photo Lemont girls soccer players Kelly Fritz (left) and Kim Jerantowski recently signed letters of intent to continue their soccer careers at UIC and Northwestern, respectively.

LEMONT – Lemont High School senior soccer players Kelly Fritz and Kim Jerantowski recently signed National Letters of Intent to play at the collegiate level beginning in the fall.

Fritz will play at the University of Illinois-Chicago for head coach Brian Rigby, and Jerantowski will attend Northwestern University and play for coach Michael Moynihan.

Not only do Fritz and Jerantowski rate among the top players in Lemont’s program history, but they also have keyed one of the most successful stretches in the program’s history.

In their first three seasons on varsity, they have helped head coach Rick Prangen’s squad to a combined 61-14-4 record. During that time frame, the Indians have captured three South Suburban Conference championships – winning 33 straight conference matches – as well as two IHSA regional titles, two IHSA sectional crowns and two IHSA supersectional championships. Lemont has advanced to the IHSA Class 2A state finals twice in three years, finishing third in 2011 and fourth in 2013.

Jerantowski played both forward and midfield during her career and enters her final season with 63 goals and 23 assists. Fritz has been a steady goalkeeper who has allowed just .68 goals per game in 73 career matches.

As juniors in 2013, both players were named all-state selections by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association, and each earned SSC all-conference honors for the third straight year. Jerantowski posted a career-high 60 points on 21 goals and a career-best 18 assists (two points for a goal, one for an assist). Fritz played every minute in net for the Indians and posted a 21-5-2 record. She posted a career-high 16 shutouts – including three in the postseason – and allowed one goal or fewer in 25 of 28 contests.

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