Late goal dooms Knight soccer against BC, semi sees rout of Spartans
SYCAMORE—Class 2A Regional soccer features squads that have to make the most of the 80 regulation minutes given.
In the case of the Oct. 23 Regional semifinal at Sycamore between the Knights and host Spartans, Kaneland could have played at a high level for more than the time allotted in a 4-0 win.
During Friday’s regional final against the local rival Rockets of Burlington Central, the Knights probably wished they had more time than given after a late goal led to a 1-0 defeat.
It marked the end of the season for a program that has seen four straight regional final appearances and two plaques. Kaneland advanced to the sectional finals last year.
Burlington Central, the top seed at the regional, advanced to its own sectional, where it was scheduled to battle Freeport on Tuesday.
Kaneland finished its 2013 season with a record of 10-6-4 through 20 matches.
Against the Rockets, it remained scoreless for nearly all of regulation before Alan Camarena scored off the Knights with just 55 seconds remaining. BC improved to 21-2 with the win.
Facing off against the No. 3 seed Spartans as the No. 2 unit, Kaneland started to take care of business fairly early thanks to a rocket from Anthony Parillo from 20 yards out 9:01 into the match for a 1-0 lead.
“I made a run to the box and took a one-touch hit,” Anthony Parillo said. “We’re playing really well, and we’re going to have to step it up on Friday.”
Knight Angel Escontrias struck with a shot from the left of the goalie box with 8:15 before halftime to go up 2-0.
“You always hope you can pop a couple of early ones in and make the other team really push,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We did well, and Anthony’s shot was just unbelievable. That was a wicked shot.”
About six minutes into the second half, Sycamore committed an own goal off a deflection for a 3-0 edge for Kaneland. The scoring concluded when Escontrias put a shot in thanks to a feed from Adhurim Azemi with 19:40 to play for a 4-0 lead.
JT Karr had two saves in the effort.