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KHS gets kicks vs. Indian Creek, Rochelle

Kaneland Knights soccer weathered a lean week to take two out of three recent contests.

KHS took care of Shabbona’s Indian Creek High School in Maple Park by a final of 5-1 on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Knights (6-10-1, 2-4 Western Sun Conference) found goals from Gennaro Garcia (twice), Derek White, Pedro Perez and Jack Tickle. Marcos Dorado added two assists.

On Saturday morning in Batavia, the Knights dropped a WSC match with a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs.

Anders Winquist-Bailey scored the lone goal for the Knights.

Against Rochelle in a road match, the Knights built a 5-1 lead on their way to a 6-4 win. Garcia, Winquist-Bailey, Jordan Escobedo and Alex Gil found the net.

The Knights, who are set to face Antioch in the Class 2A regionals at Kaneland on Tuesday, Oct. 20, host Sycamore on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Knights kick H-BR, Yorkville to curb

Now that’s more like it, if you’re Kaneland soccer.

The Knights evened up their season slate at 3-3-1 and started the final Western Sun Conference season off right with a Wednesday, Sept. 9, win against Hinckley-Big Rock, 4-1, and a win on Tuesday vs. Yorkville, 3-0.

Taking on the visiting Royals, Derek White’s goal in the first half helped the Knights to a 1-1 tie at halftime before Gennaro Garcia, Jordan Escobedo and Chad Swieca found the net in the second half. White had two assists, while Garcia and Thanassi Pesmajoglou did, as well.

Against Yorkville, White, Alex Gil and Kevin Szatkowski scored goals, while Pesmajoglou, Pedro Perez and White contributed assists.

Coming up for Kaneland soccer: a visit to Aurora to face the IMSA Titans on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:45 p.m. and a visit to Somonauk on Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9:30 a.m.

KHS suffers winless week on soccer pitch

Soccer fell to 1-2-1 in a week that pitted the Knights against highly formidable competition.

Wheaton Academy came into Maple Park on Thursday and handled the Knights in a 6-0 match. The Warriors scored five times in the first 40 minutes.

On Saturday, the host Rockets sped past Kaneland at the Burlington Central Tourney by a 5-4 final.

The Knights, playing a man down for nearly 60 minutes, found the net thanks to Derek White’s goal and two goals by Marcos Dorado for a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

White’s next goal made it 4-2, but Kaneland gave up three goals in the last 15 minutes.

The Knights also tied Genoa-Kingston out at Burlington in a 2-2 battle.

White got on the board in the first half, while teammate Gennaro Garcia found the goal in the second half. Anders Winquist-Bailey had an assist for the Knights.

JV action saw Sycamore best Kaneland in a 3-2 Tuesday match.

Fall sports preview: Knights soccer turns new page

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Plenty of encouraging signs were all around during last year’s Kaneland High School boys’ soccer season.

A regional win producing six goals over Yorkville, and encouraging play from a core featuring Santiago Tovar, Chris Ott, Matt Haffner, Nick Williams and Kevin Durrenberger, gave the team a solid base.

“Those guys were on varsity for so long, it was tough for these guys to get a spot, and you hope these guys can step up,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said.

Now, Kaneland will have to seek out new personnel to replace the departed seniors in a Western Sun Conference that doesn’t seem to have gotten weaker.

Ending last season at 10-10-3 and still looking for its first regional championship since 2004, returning coach Scott Parillo reflected on the task ahead.

“You try not to dwell on the past too much,” Parillo said. “You always think, ‘man, what could we have done differently.’ But that’s over with; we graduated 12 seniors. This is a new beginning once again.”

In order to make a go of it in the last season of the WSC and beyond, Kaneland will need to look to Gennaro Garcia, senior forward and midfielder, forward and midfielder Derek White, defender and midfielder Joe Garlinsky, defender and midfielder Marcos Dorado, who has recovered from surgery, goalkeeper J.P. Minogue, and midfielder and forward Anders Winquist-Bailey.

Personnel also expected to contribute are midfielder/forward Kevin Szatkowski, defender/midfielder Pedro Perez, midfielder/forward Jordan Escobedo, defender/midfielder Thanasi Pesmajoglou, defender Trevor Wolf, plus new varsity additions Alex Gil, Chad Swieca, Alex Dorado, Mark Breon and Jake Tickle.

The current crop of Knights might do the trick, provided several things happen.

“Lot of good kids, just need to get them experience and get them to gel. We need to have some of the older kids to take the reigns,” Parillo said.

Kaneland looks to meet its goal of double digit wins again.

“Our goal all the time is to win as much as we can, never had the guns to do it. We’ll see. If we can get double digit wins, we’ll need some conference games. I think we can do it,” Parillo said.

Even with the wins amassed by the Knights last season, Kaneland spent a lot of energy with shots on goal, not always seeing the goals match up to the output.

“There were lots of shots, and the goals never matched up. I hope we shoot a bit. The ones who shot a lot graduated, so we need guys like Gennaro and Derek to step up,” Parillo said.

To begin the 2009 season, the Knights set up vs. Marengo on Tuesday, Aug. 25 and host Wheaton Academy on Thursday, Aug. 27.

Yorkville becomes the first WSC opponent for the season on Tuesday, Sept. 15, and the Oswego East Wolves host Kaneland for the final regular season match on Wednesday, Oct. 14.