by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—In Northern Illinois Big XII action, every win is of paramount importance on the soccer field.
That’s why it’s a good thing Kaneland got its first win out of the way.
On Thursday in Grundy County, the Knights broke a scoreless halftime tie with two goals in the second 40 minutes to come away with a 2-1 win over the up-and-coming Redskins.
The Knights improved their season tally to 7-1-2 (2-0-1 NIB-12) including Tuesday’s win over Rochelle.
After Morris got on the board first, it was two Kaneland goals in a relatively quick interval that sent KHS on its victory sprint.
Anthony Parillo got on the board with an unassisted try coming with nine minutes, 35 seconds remaining, and Ben Longston kicked the game winner with 5:32 to go on an assist from Kushstrim Ismaili.
KHS coach Scott Parillo felt his roster dealt with the early adversity quite well.
“At halftime we made some adjustments, made some runs and used the wind to our advantage,” Parillo said. “Anthony made a great steal in the box, made a couple of players and goalie miss and put the ball in the back of the net, and we had the momentum.”
In additional action, an Eli Alvarado goal helped the JV side earn a 1-0 win over Morris.
Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Rochelle saw the go-ahead goal come from Parillo off of an assist from Ismaili with 21:42 to go in the game. Rymarz scored the first Kaneland goal in the first half on a free kick with 4:42 left in the first half.
Biddle scored with 24:20 in the second half, with an assist from Gil.
The varsity Knights travel to Yorkville for a contest on Thursday, Sept. 20.