Parillo high on soccer prospects for 2010
Photo: Junior Anders Winquist-Baileyâ€™sfootwork will be key to improving Kanelandâ€™s seven-win total from 2009. File Photo
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”While Kaneland soccer fell to a highly talented Antioch team in the 2009 Class 2A regionals, the Knights’ road to progress didn’t end there.
For those that went through the gauntlet of an injury-filled season have another year of experience under their jersey.
Kaneland’s mark of 7-14-1 (2-5 Western Sun Conference) will hopefully be a thing of the past, said coach Scott Parillo.
“We were so young and we’re just as young this year,” Parillo said. “We’ve had more kids come out this year than any other year with 68 kids trying out, which is awesome. We’ve got huge numbers.”
The Knights lost seven seniors to graduation, but the new core looks to serve as a stabilizing force in Maple Park.
Personnel includes Trevor Wolf, Derek White and starting goalkeeper J.P. Minogue. Patrick Bratschun and Alex Weiss make the varsity ranks as seniors for the first time.
While the seniors will be cornerstones, there’s a hidden treasure trove in the junior class.
“As far as juniors, we’ve got Pedro Perez, three-year varsity player; Thanasi Pesamajlou, another three-year varsity player; Alex Dorado and Anders Winquist-Bailey, and we’ve got Jordan Escobedo. It’s a nice group.”
Chad Swieca comes back and highlights the sophomore crew. Heâ€™s joined by Alex Gil, who found the net eight times. Alex Koczka, Jason Biddle, Kushtrim Ismaili, Fernando Ramos and Sam Rymarz also lend a foot to the proceedings from the sophomore class.
Meanwhile, Tyler Siebert, Ignacio Toscano and the coachâ€™s son, Anthony Parillo enter the varsity ranks as freshmen.
The Knights invade the pitch on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Burlington Central Rocket Invite against Yorkville.
â€œIt does look like itâ€™s going to be a pretty exciting time for us. With this much youth, weâ€™ll see what happens,â€ Parillo said.
The initial NIB-12 action, now featuring ten conference matches, kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 14 against DeKalb.
The regular season is set to end on Thursday, Oct. 14 at Sycamore.