by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”Knight soccer found a good way to see how its skills were progressing.
Engage Yorkville and Sycamore.
With five goals against the host Foxes on Thursday, Kanelandâ€™s 5-0 win led to a 1-1 tie against visiting Sycamore.
After the first instance of KHS even tying the Spartans, Kaneland has improved to 5-4-2 on the season, with a 2-1-2 mark in the first NIB-12 slate.
The two first-half goals against Yorkville for Kaneland were put in by Jordan Escobedo, 18 minutes, 54 seconds into the first half (from Chad Swieca) and with 2:07 remaining in the first half on a goal by Swieca from Thanasi Pesmajoglou and Alex Gil.
In the second half, goals were scored by Alex Weiss on an assist from Gil, Anders Winquist-Bailey from Gil and Kushstrim Ismail on a penalty kick.
Against the Sycamore unit, with roughly 12 minutes remaining, Escobedo hit a rocket of a shot into the net for a tie score.
The end result was a welcome change from the first half on Tuesday.
â€œWe told them at halftime to pass the ball around and weâ€™ve got to take some shots. Thatâ€™s the only way weâ€™ll score. Possess 90 percent of the game, but if weâ€™re not willing to take the shot, weâ€™re not going to score,â€ KHS coach Scott Parillo said.
Photo: Kaneland captain Derek White completes a header in the 5-0 win over YHS. Photo by Ben Draper