Kaneland soccer edges rival Marengo in opener
Photo: Kushstrim Ismaili battles for possession of the ball in the second half of the 2-1 opening win over Marengo. Photo by John DiDonna
KANELAND—While Tuesday’s weather started off less than ideal, the end landscape of the evening was more suitable.
Just the way Kaneland soccer preferred it.
Hosting their rivals from Route 23, Marengo, the Knights got the 2011-12 season off on the right cleat.
With a 2-1 win over the Indians, the Knights begin 1-0.
The result was made a little more remarkable considering the Knights played a man down for all but five minutes of the second half.
The KHS goals came in the first half, with Jordan Escobedo finding the net 14 minutes, 49 seconds into season action thanks to a feed from Kushstrim Ismaili. The match’s difference was scored by Alex Gil with 9:46 left on an unassisted attempt.
Marengo nabbed its goal on a penalty kick.
The JV crew continued its tear from last year with a 6-0 win over Marengo.
The varsity unit tests its mettle in the Jacobs Invite beginning on Friday, Aug. 27.
Kaneland boys’ soccer named its five captains prior to the opening competition against Marengo on Tuesday:
• Anthony Parillo
• Pedro Perez
• Alex Gil
• Jordan Escobedo
• Thanasi Pesmajoglou