A week of firsts
Kaneland soccer scores first goal, earns first win of season
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—By the looks of it, the Kaneland Lady Knights will play teams quite tough in 2013.
The only question is whether or not wins will come as frequent as they’d like considering the heightened competition.
Coming in to the West Aurora Blackhawk Invite with just one previous match under the jersey, Kaneland took to the Aurora field on Thursday and lost to the hosts 1-0, and followed through with a Saturday 1-1 tie against perennial area contender Rosary.
Kaneland sits at 1-2-1 (1-1 Northern Illinois Big XII) in the early juncture of the 2013 campaign.
“We are a very young team and sometimes it takes a while to gel,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We are getting better every day and hopefully we click soon. We have played some pretty decent teams to start the season and that will only help. We really need to shoot more.”
For KHS against the Lady Blackhawks, it was a second-half goal that did the Lady Knights in to open the invite.
Against the Royals, who had previously eliminated the Lady Knights in their 2010 and 2011 regional title matches, the blustery conditions limited successful scoring outputs. However, Kaneland powered through and earned its first score of the season thanks to a Kiandra Powell goal on a feed from returnee Jess Coia in the first half.
Rosary was able to tie the tussle with a second-half goal.
The Lady Knights group was able to fit in its second NIB12 Conference clash at Morris on Tuesday. Brittany Olson provided the only scoring for both teams, giving Kaneland the lead in the first half and adding to it in the second.
Ahead for the Lady Knights is a Thursday, April 11, battle with visiting Rochelle.