Knights soccer finds offense against NIB-12

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In the “world’s most popular sport,” goals can be quite hard to come by, no matter the level.

Leave it to KHS soccer to go against what’s popular.

The Knights lit up the scoreboard in Rochelle on Thursday, winning 6-2 against the regional’s No. 1-seeded Hubs, before being edged by visiting Plainfield East 1-0 on Saturday. Most recently on Tuesday, the Knights solved the invading Yorkville Foxes 5-0.

The recent week of action puts the Knights at 8-10-2 (4-3-2 NIB-12), eclipsing the 2009 win total.

Against the Hubs, KHS jumped on their purple foes for four first half goals: two by Derek White, one by Chad Swieca and one by Kushstrim Ismali.

The second half had goals by Jordan Escobedo, who also had four assists, and Anders Winquist-Bailey.

Against the Bengals of Plainfield East, the Knights gave up a first-half goal and had their chances in the second half, but an Escobedo chance went wide late.

“It just didn’t happen today,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We need to work on health and finishing. We’re one of those feast-or-famine teams. (We) scored twice in five minutes against Rochelle or games like today, that’s kind of been our season.”

Against Yorkville, White scored thanks to an Escobedo assist just 8:44 into the match, and Trevor Wolf put in a goal with an Alex Gil assist with 8:26 remaining in the first half.

Escobedo, Anthony Parillo and Patrick Bratschun found the net.

The JV crew continued its torrid season, earning wins over Rochelle, Plainfield East and Yorkville by a combined score of 12-2. They sit at 15-0-1.

For the varsity side, the next challenge is at Sycamore on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Photo: Thanasi Pesmajoglou looks for an opening during Saturday morning’s 1-0 setback to Plainfield East at KHS. Photo by Mike Slodki