2013 Soccer Preview: Seeking return to Sweet 16
Photo: After reaching the Sweet 16 in 2012, the Knights soccer program is working hard to repeat and improve on that success in 2013. Photo by Kimberly Anderson
Knights soccer wants to play up to last year’s level
KANELAND—It can be disappointing for a high school soccer squad to reach a sectional championship, only to fall short.
That’s just one way to look at it.
A more productive way is looking at how far talent can take you and what it can mean to the program.
Taking that tack, Kaneland High School soccer looks to accomplish big things in 2013 after a first-ever trip to a sectional title match and a 16-4-2 mark in 2012.
“In previous years, there were a lot of close matches we would have lost,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “But then we would win 2-1, instead of lose 2-1. East Moline United is 3A now; hopefully we get that far and that’s one less team we’ll have to worry about.”
Parillo’s crew doesn’t look to overstep the season on its way to similar heights.
“Of course we’d love to be Sweet 16 again and hopefully go farther. We graduated nine players and have 11 returning, and that’s a good thing,” Parilllo said.
Knight captains are midfielders junior Ivan Bohorquez, Tyler Siebert (four-year varsity) and Anthony Parillo (four-year varsity).
“Anthony is up for All-American honors and is a preseason All-American and All-State selection. That fact that he’s up for All-American is remarkable, you can’t beat that. But, he wants to have fun. The seniors want to have fun and hope it turns out like last year,” Parillo said. “They’re cautiously optimistic the new guys will gel quickly.”
Outside of the steady middle of the pitch, the Kaneland crew has a new goalkeeper, replacing Marshall Farthing.
“JT Karr was the backup last year, and he’s getting his chance to shine this year. He’s got the most experience; he’s going to be the one and we’ll go from there,” Parillo said.
Jake Bilotta also serves at goal for the Knights. Forwards include Kyle Romas and James Bartholomew, while midfielders include Peter Jefferson, Siebert, Parillo, Adhurim Azemi, Don Seawall, Ignacio Toscano, Arsim Azemi, Drew Franklin, Bohorquez and Michael Meisinger.
Defenders look to be Kolin Limbrick, Ryan Longson, Curtis Thorson, Chris Van Dinther, Matt Vander Sande, Jack Wolf, Esteban Ochoa and Jason Carlquist.
“Everyone is going to play at least two positions. The depth is there. It’s their time to shine and take full advantage of this,” Parillo said.
The Northern Illinois Big XII provides some interesting scenarios for Parillo’s team.
“Yorkville is on the rise, they’re good. Morris is going to surprise some people, and of course DeKalb. Sycamore is one of the great unknowns, and Rochelle is, too,” Parillo said.
Kaneland begins the season on Friday, Aug. 30, in Algonquin Ill., at Jacobs High School.