Soccer handles IMSA, drops NIB-12 opener at DeKalb
Photo: Arsim Azemi battles with a Barb counterpart for the ball in the 2-1 loss on Tuesday night. Photo by John DiDonna
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—The first trip to the new DeKalb High School grounds off of Dresser Road in DeKalb was not a welcome one for Kaneland soccer.
A goal with 28 minutes, 29 seconds remaining sent KHS on its way to a 2-1 loss to the Barbs.
However, Kaneland did get a win on Thursday in Aurora over Illinois Math and Science Academy by a 7-1 final.
The Knights stand at 4-3 on the season with an 0-1 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play.
After allowing a goal three minutes into the contest on DeKalb’s turf surface, Kaneland tied it when Alex Gil fed Kushstrim Ismaili for the game-tying score with 20:46 to go in the first half.
Roughly 12 minutes into the second half, Trevor Freeland of DeKalb put the ball in.
Opportunities were there, but the results were few for the Knights, who have found a knack for the net in 2011.
“Today, we couldn’t do it,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We had a couple of chances at both ends that just didn’t go in. Sometimes, it’s just a game of inches.”
The JV squad did manage a 2-0 win over DeKalb.
The varsity match against the Titans saw first-half goals by Jordan Escobedo and Anthony Parillo’s penalty kick.
An explosion of five goals went the KHS way in the second half with Ismaili, Escobedo, Gil and Alec Koczka getting into the act.
The Knights continue conference play with against Morris on Thursday, Sept. 15.