Knights soccer finds offense against NIB-12
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”In the â€œworldâ€™s most popular sport,â€ goals can be quite hard to come by, no matter the level.
Leave it to KHS soccer to go against whatâ€™s popular.
The Knights lit up the scoreboard in Rochelle on Thursday, winning 6-2 against the regionalâ€™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.
â€œIt just didnâ€™t happen today,â€ KHS coach Scott Parillo said. â€œWe need to work on health and finishing. Weâ€™re one of those feast-or-famine teams. (We) scored twice in five minutes against Rochelle or games like today, thatâ€™s kind of been our season.â€
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 morningâ€™s 1-0 setback to Plainfield East at KHS. Photo by Mike Slodki