By JOSEPH PHILLIPS
The Kenwood girls soccer team fell to North Grand High School 2-1 in their regular season home opener at brand new Kenwood Field.
Prior to Monday’s loss, Kenwood Principal Karen Calloway was in good spirits, and she was excited to see the school’s new field.
“I’m excited today,” said Calloway. “This is an historic day that my students have the opportunity to play soccer on their (new) home field.”
Calloway also thanked Ald. Sophia King (4th), the community, and Chicago Public School chief executive officer Janice Jackson for helping bring the project into fruition on the school’s campus.
“When our community and alderman work together, great things happen.” Calloway said.
During the game, Calloway cheered on the Lady Broncos, as she watched her team fall behind 1-0 early in the first half.
“We (were really) excited to play our first game on new Kenwood Field,” said Lady Broncos head coach Miguel Cedeno. “It was really fun to watch the girls battle and compete. Although we would have liked better results than losing 2-1, I think we are in a good place. We just got to keep working.”
Cedeno said his team missed two great scoring opportunities during the game. One goal was taken away due to an offside penalty early in the first half, and the other late in the second half on a technicality.
After falling behind 2-0 in the second half, Kenwood’s Zuri Yearwood became the first Kenwood player to score a goal on the team’s new field. Her goal came at the 55-minute mark.
Hyde Park Herald Player of The Game:
Zuri Yearwood, Kenwood, 1 goal.