Kaneland soccerâ€™s trip to the St. Charles East Invite usually provides a hefty challenge, and Wednesday, Sept. 23, proved no different.
The Knightsâ€™ opening match ended with a 3-1 loss to Glenbard North of the DuPage Valley Conference.
Kaneland also dropped a 3-2 meeting with Plainfield South on Thursday in the invite, a 3-1 match to Burlington Central in the final meeting of the Invite, a 3-0 Western Sun Conference clash at DeKalb on Monday and a 3-0 skirmish to visiting Geneva on Tuesday.
The rough week sent KHS down to a 4-8-1 record, and 1-2 in the WSC.
Falling victim to two goals in the first 40 minutes for a 2-0 halftime deficit against the Glenbard North Panthers, Kaneland regrouped and played better on both ends of the pitch, finally finding the net thanks to a Marcos Dorado penalty kick. The margin kept firm thanks to clutch goal play by J.P. Minogue. The goal with 36:41 remaining in regulation made it 2-1, but a third Panther goal with 17:59 to go on a breakaway made it 3-1. An Alex Gil shot with just under seven minutes to go was defended, and the clock ran out before the Knights could catch up.
â€œWe came out flat,â€ Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said. â€œCredit Glenbard, they came out and played. We werenâ€™t getting any 50/50 balls; we werenâ€™t passing well. I thought in the second half, we played better. J.P. played a great game, not that the game wasnâ€™t ugly, but it could have been really ugly if he wasnâ€™t in there.â€
Jordan Escobedoâ€™s goal against Plainfield South gave the Knights a 1-0 lead at the half, but PS scored three in the final four minutes for the win. Jake Tickle scored in the second half for KHS.
Chad Swieca scored the lone goal against the Rockets, in a match that had BC score two goals in the second half for the win.