Timeout Soccer: Deardurff twins leading the way at Kouts
By Dave melton Post-Tribune correspondent September 25, 2013 11:12PM
Siblings Dennis and Chloe Deardurff play for the Kouts High School boys and girls soccer teams respectively. | Michael Gard/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 25, 2013 11:23PM
KOUTS — From their earliest days, twins Dennis and Chloe Deardurff — a pair of seniors in the Kouts’ soccer program — have been supporting each other during their soccer careers.
It started in their days in youth soccer, when any competitive plays against one sibling would draw the attention of the other.
“We would hold grudges against players if they took the ball from the other one,” Chloe recalled with a laugh.
And, as you’d probably expect from any pair of siblings — let alone twins — possession by one of the Deardurffs usually meant that the other was going to be a primary passing target.
“In those youth leagues, we always tried to set each other up,” Dennis said.
Perhaps the most difficult part for the twins was the amount of stress that their soccer careers put on their mother, Jayme.
“It was definitely difficult on my mom because she had to get both of us new shin guards and new cleats at the start of every season,” Chloe said, before expressing her gratitude — something she and Dennis did multiple times. “We’re very appreciative of everything she’s done for us,”
As their careers progressed from youth leagues to middle school to high school, each began to take on a particular role on the pitch.
Chloe, the elder of the twins by 10 minutes, is usually the one setting up a potential goal.
“I’m more of a distributor because I started out playing left midfield and passing the ball into the center to set up a score,” she said.
Dennis, meanwhile, is more likely to be found on the opposite end of that pass.
“I’ve always been able to put the ball in the net and it transferred to high school,” he said.
Their season stats entering games this week confirmed their own scouting reports: Chloe has one goal and four assists while Dennis has six goals and one assist.
While each has their own unique role, head coach Tim Schwartz, who runs both the boys and girls teams, said that each Deardurff has the potential to finish a run.
“They have both have good shots and they’re accurate as well,” he said. “A lot of soccer players know how to rip it but can’t always put it on frame. That’s probably the most similar thing in their game.”
Each Deardurff is naturally left-footed but, as Schwartz explained: “They’re both good with each foot; that’s their main similarity. They each have their own style of play.”
Both Dennis and Chloe are captains of their respective teams and, when one is out on the pitch, the other is usually not too far away.
“When there are games, one is always there supporting the other. They’re real close,” said Schwartz. “They really support one another, and that support is always physically there.”
This is the final year of high school soccer for these two Deardurffs, but, once this season concludes, expect Chloe and Dennis to throw their support behind another Deardurff: Emmalee, a freshman defender in the program.
“She’s going to be real good,” Chloe said of her younger sister. “I could never play defense well, she’ll definitely be better than me at that.”