On Campus: Prairie Ridge grad Kyli Humm celebrates birthday, soccer upset
Kyli Humm didn’t need a cake or presents to celebrate her 22nd birthday.
The Prairie Ridge graduate and her Millikin University women’s soccer teammates made history – and memories galore – Oct. 26 in Decatur.
Humm, a senior goalkeeper for the NCAA Division III Big Blue, made 10 saves on her birthday to help Millikin beat Wheaton College, the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, 1-0.
“Nobody expected that to happen,” Humm said. “It’s still surreal. We took down the No. 1 team in the country.”
The victory was the first time Millikin has beaten a No. 1 team and was the first victory in school history against Wheaton, a program with six national semifinal appearances in the past eight years.
The victory set off an on-field celebration on the team’s Senior Day for Humm and fellow Millikin seniors Kelsey Cosley (Crystal Lake South) and Cristy Kinahan (Crystal Lake Central).
“We all said, ‘This is our senior day,’ ” Humm recalled of a pregame talk. “ ‘Let’s just play for us.’ ”
Humm on Tuesday was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin’s Defensive Player of the Week. Humm helped Millikin (6-9-1) withstand being outshot, 25-4, by Wheaton.
“They like to crash the box a lot,” Humm said. “I just had to get on the ball whenever it came into my area.”
While Humm and her teammates celebrated the win, news of the nation’s top team stumbling took off.
“There were a lot of tweets,” Humm said. “Twitter was blowing up. Our athletic director was in Tennessee and he heard about it (from Twitter).”
Humm is not about to leave the game behind when she plays the final regular-season match of her career Saturday at Augustana.
Her desire to coach at the high school level, Humm said, dates to the support and encouragement she got as a prep player.
“I’ve always wanted to coach after college,” she said. “I’d like to take the experiences I’ve had and pass them on.”
Rusher’s delight: Kenny Riordan, a senior running back at D-III Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, was honored Monday as the University Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week.
Riordan, a Richmond-Burton grad, compiled a game-high 96 yards on the ground and rushed for a touchdown in a 21-17 victory last weekend against Trinity (Texas) University.
Riordan also accounted for the winning touchdown when he recovered a teammate’s fumble in the end zone with 6 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the game.
For the season, Riordan leads the team with 322 yards, five touchdowns and a 4.4 yards per carry average.
Angels honoree: Cary-Grove grad and former Illinois State baseball slugger Eric Aguilera was recognized by Baseball America magazine as the best power hitter drafted last summer by the Los Angeles Angels.
After batting .346 with seven homers and 58 RBIs last season for the Redbirds, Aguilera was selected in the 34th round of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.
Over the summer, Aguilera batted .306 in 59 games with 10 homers and 53 RBIs for the Angels’ rookie-level Orem Owlz of the Pioneer League.
North Central standouts: Huntley grad Kayla Garcia, a freshman at D-III North Central College, won the No. 6 singles title last month at the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin women’s tennis tournament in Bloomington.
Garcia rallied from losing the first set to beat Carthage’s Kelsey Brown, 2-6, 6-0, 6-2, in the final.
For the season, Garcia finished 8-0 in singles play and 3-0 in doubles while helping NCC to fourth place at the conference event.
Junior Kassandra Bernardo (Jacobs) finished fourth at No. 3 doubles at the CCIW tournament. Bernardo finished the fall season with a 7-7 record.
On par at Carthage: Seniors Brad Hyland (74.5) and Riley Bauman (74.8) finished the fall season with the top two scoring averages for D-III Carthage College’s men’s golf team.
Hyland (Prairie Ridge) finished in second place individually at the Tim Kopka Memorial Tournament in September with a 3-over-par 145 in the two-round event at Randall Oaks Country Club. He also posted a pair of third-place finishes.
Bauman (Crystal Lake Central) won the Kopka tournament with a 2-under-par 140 and also posted a third-place finish at the season-ending MSOE Fall Invitational.
Fellow senior Josh Kopka (Jacobs) posted a 77.3 fall scoring average and achieved his top finish of third place at the Kopka Memorial with a 6-over-par 148.
Good sport: Jacobs grad Ashley Morales, a junior at D-III Wisconsin-Platteville, was named to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s All-Sportsmanship Team in women’s golf.
Morales, a Jacobs grad, placed 46th as an individual in the WIAC meet.
• Barry Bottino writes a weekly column and a blog about local college athletes for the Northwest Herald. Write to him at BarryOnCampus@hotmail.com, check out his On Campus blog at McHenryCountySports.com and follow him on Twitter @BarryOnCampus.