by Mike Slodki
MARENGOâ€”It was a tale of two halves for Kaneland High School soccer in its opening match.
At the home of the Marengo Indians, the ending couldnâ€™t have been written any better by a famous British author.
After a scoreless first 40 minutes of action, Kaneland erupted for four goals in the final section for a 4-0 win on Tuesday, beginning the season at 1-0.
â€œThey dominated play in the second half,â€ KHS coach Scott Parillo said. â€œWe lucked out actually, (Marengo) hit the post a couple of times in the first half. In the second half, we started playing the way weâ€™ve trained to play, which is a few touches, pass the ball, switch the fields, communicate and get the passing lanes open.â€
The scoring column opened with midfielder Alex Gil scoring a goal just two minutes, 22 seconds into the second half for a 1-0 lead. Parilloâ€™s son Anthony scored with 23:33 left on a rebound try after Gilâ€™s shot hit the top of the goal.
The third goal came three minutes and one second later, with Chad Swieca scoring on a breakaway. The final deficit was cemented with a goal by Tyler Siebert coming with 16:22 to play.
All the while, goalkeeper J.P. Minogue kept his cool and kept shots away, even in a hotly contested first half.
â€œI just try and forget about those, forget what happened,â€ Minogue said. â€œJust try to keep playing on with the game and hopefully good things will happen now and later.â€
The next challenge for soccer is not until Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the annual Burlington Central Invite. The Knights face Yorkville at 4:30 p.m.
Photo: Knight defender Sam Rymarz sends the ball on its way during Mondayâ€™s 4-0 shutout in Marengo. The Knights (1-0) used four goals in 21:16. Photo by Mike Slodki