by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”It’s been an unfamiliar feeling for the Kaneland soccer squad this year.
For the first time this season, despite a close match, KHS lost to host Geneva (9-5-1, 3-0-0 WSC) on Monday in Western Sun Conference play by a 2-1 tally.
“It’s not unfamiliar, just this year,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said.
“We’ll practice and go. We had a couple players not here, and the players did well with that adversity and we’ll move on.”
Geneva broke a 1-1 tie on a goal with 13:29 to play in regulation by Amanda Lulek.
Earlier in the week, Kaneland completed its 12th straight match without a loss in a 4-3 win at Morris.
Currently, the Lady Knights are 10-1-2 (1-1-1 WSC).
The Lady Knights fell behind early against the Vikings six minutes, nine seconds into the game on a double penalty kick, a first seen by Parillo.
Geneva’s first attempt at the penalty kick was high over the crossbar, but the officials ruled a KHS player had stepped into the goal box, allowing another try, which was converted by Sammi Hill. The kick went off of the post and off of goalkeeper Jordan Ginther (12 saves) into the net for the lead.
“I’ve never had it happen to me in nine years of coaching,” Parillo said.
With 10:04 remaining in the first half, Colleen Gebauer converted on a penalty kick to the right of goalie Jenny Lienau to tie matters after getting tripped up in the box.
Against the Lady Redskins, Kaneland and Morris were tied at one after the first 40 minutes before pulling away.
Sophie Blank had two goals, while Katie Taylor and Gebauer had the others.
Emily Heimerdinger had two assists, and Gebauer added one.