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Photo: Kushstrim Ismaili tries to get control of the ball in the rain during Kaneland’s 5-1 playoff win against IMSA at Burlington on Oct. 17. Photo by John DiDonna

Soccer crew wins 2nd regional plaque in 3 seasons
by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—Saturday’s Class 2A Burlington Central Regional title match between No. 1 Kaneland and No. 2 Burlington Central was a tight affair between two teams playing with a well-disciplined edge.

While that can fill any accomplished team with some degree of pride, what really seals the deal is the hardware the Knights secured after a 2-1 win.

An initial two-goal lead held until the end, despite constant pressure from the host Rockets, and Kaneland came away with its second regional title in three seasons. The Knights last won a regional in 2010, but were defeated by Sterling at Belvidere High School in the sectional semifinal in a postseason that featured nine overtime frames.

Kaneland got to the regional promised land due to a 5-1 win over Illinois Math and Science Academy on Oct. 17.

Kaneland now takes on Freeport, which beat Belvidere on Saturday as part of the Belvidere Regional on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

The Knights (15-3-2) took it to the Rocket rivals (17-4-2) early with a booming rocket of a kick by Alex Gil with 19:20 remaining in the first half.

“We practice switching the field and going back and forth,” Gil said. “We go left and right, and I was able to get it in.”

The Rockets were barely able to catch their breath before Alec Koczka’s header in the same area where Gil’s goal ended up made it 2-0 with 18:05 to go.

Burlington Central kept pressing and ended up halving the deficit with a goal from Alan Camarena with 10 minutes left on the first-half clock.

The second half had the majority of the action around Kaneland’s goal and a final flurry was set away, volleyball style, by goalkeeper Marshall Farthing with :16 left.

“That was just a quick reaction I had,” Farthing said. “I didn’t know what else to do. It just came right in and I stuck my hands out.”

The Knights’ win over the Titans featured a 5-0 lead at halftime, thanks to goals from Tyler Siebert, Kushstrim Ismaili, a free kick by Sam Rymarz and two goals from Anthony Parillo.

The Knight-Pretzel encounter was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Sterling, with the winner facing either East Moline’s United Twp. or Rochelle in the final on Friday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m.

Results of Wednesday’s contest were unavailable at press time.

Knights emerge victor in rivalry contest

Photo: Kaneland goal keeper Marshall Farthing puts the ball in play during the first half of the varsity boy’s 1-0 win at Sycamore on Oct. 11. It was the team’s regular season finale. The Knights (13-3-2, 7-2-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) finished second to DeKalb in the conference. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Nothing like a tight and close match to show what you’re made of.

It looks as if Kaneland High School soccer is made of pretty strong material.

The lone match this week occurred in Sycamore, with the Knights facing off against their conference rivals, the Spartans, on Thursday.

With one goal in the second half, the Knights were lifted to a 1-0 win over the host Sycamore squad, raising their record to an exemplary 13-3-2 mark at the end of the regular season.

The Knights also boast a 7-2-1 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play, good for second.

All that was needed was a goal from Arsim Azemi on an assist from Kushstrim Ismaili with 17:24 remaining in the contest to secure a shutout win.

Meanwhile, the Kaneland sophomores came away with a 5-0 win over the Spartans, and the freshmen won 4-0.

Up ahead for the No. 1 Knights is the first test of the Class 2A Burlington Central Regional, a meeting with No. 4 IMSA on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 5 p.m.

“We have had a good season,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “I hope the team can go a little farther. We will see what happens. We always thought we would have a nice record because of the talent we had, but there are so many things that can change that, injuries, grades, etc. You never really know. We have been fortunate that we have been able to do as well as we have this year.”

The winner of the KHS-Titans match faces either No. 2 BC or No. 3 Hampshire on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m.

A year ago, Kaneland used an Alex Gil goal to beat DeKalb in the regional semis before losing to Marmion Academy in the final.

Soccer takes it on the foot vs. DeKalb

Photo by John DiDonna
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It’s a given that any Northern Illinois Big XII matchup on the soccer pitch is the furthest thing from a guarantee, regardless of record.

Knight soccer learned that last week with Yorkville, and on Thursday in DeKalb.

Despite an Anthony Parillo goal with 21:17 to go in the first half, the Knights fell victim to the DeKalb attack, losing by a final of 3-1.

Against Morris on Tuesday, the Knights recovered from their previous loss with a 1-0 victory at home.

The Knights sit at 9-3-2, and 4-2-1 in the NIB-12 East. KHS was 8-4-1 through 13 contests in 2011.

Coach Scott Parillo would like to see a couple of extra scoring options for his lineup.

“We have scored 29 goals and Anthony has 14, Kushstrim (Ismaili) has six and we have a couple with one or two goals,” Parillo said. “We need more finishes from other players.”

The KHS freshman handed DeKalb a 6-2 loss on Thursday in additional action, while the sophomores won by a final of 1-0.

KHS prepares for the host Rochelle Hubs on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Kaneland also found out its Class 2A Regional assignment this past week, as the No. 1 seed Knights play the winner of Illinois Math and Science Academy/Sycamore on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. on the grounds of Burlington Central High School.

The last remaining of those three schools takes on either (2) Burlington Central or (3) Hampshire in the title match on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m.

Soccer nabs first NIB-12 win of ’12

by Mike Slodki
Kaneland—In Northern Illinois Big XII action, every win is of paramount importance on the soccer field.

That’s why it’s a good thing Kaneland got its first win out of the way.

On Thursday in Grundy County, the Knights broke a scoreless halftime tie with two goals in the second 40 minutes to come away with a 2-1 win over the up-and-coming Redskins.

The Knights improved their season tally to 7-1-2 (2-0-1 NIB-12) including Tuesday’s win over Rochelle.

After Morris got on the board first, it was two Kaneland goals in a relatively quick interval that sent KHS on its victory sprint.

Anthony Parillo got on the board with an unassisted try coming with nine minutes, 35 seconds remaining, and Ben Longston kicked the game winner with 5:32 to go on an assist from Kushstrim Ismaili.

KHS coach Scott Parillo felt his roster dealt with the early adversity quite well.

“At halftime we made some adjustments, made some runs and used the wind to our advantage,” Parillo said. “Anthony made a great steal in the box, made a couple of players and goalie miss and put the ball in the back of the net, and we had the momentum.”

In additional action, an Eli Alvarado goal helped the JV side earn a 1-0 win over Morris.

Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Rochelle saw the go-ahead goal come from Parillo off of an assist from Ismaili with 21:42 to go in the game. Rymarz scored the first Kaneland goal in the first half on a free kick with 4:42 left in the first half.

Biddle scored with 24:20 in the second half, with an assist from Gil.

The varsity Knights travel to Yorkville for a contest on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Goal barrage lifts KHS

Photo: Ben Longson (14) shoots the ball past the IMSA goalie during Kaneland’s home victory on Thursday afternoon. Photo by Kimberly Anderson

KANELAND—No matter the competition, it looks like Kaneland is getting used to performing at a certain level.

No longer a pushover against teams like Geneva and handling its other current rivals, the Knights continued their season with a 9-1 win against Illinois Math and Science Academy in Maple Park on Thursday before playing to a 0-0 tie against DeKalb on Tuesday.

Kaneland is now 3-1-3 on the season.

Against IMSA, the first 40 minutes could have been called “The Anthony Parillo Show” as the Knight asset garnered four goals in the first 25 minutes of play.

The only goal the KHS crew would need came two minutes, 11 seconds into play on an assist from Arsim Azemi.

Parillo then assisted Tyler Siebert on the second goal 31 seconds later for a 2-0 edge. Parillo was then fed by Siebert for the third goal with 35:26 go play in the first half. A hat trick was then completed on a feed from Alec Koczka with 29:29 left in the half.

Kushstrim Ismaili and Parillo scored the next two times, with Azemi capping the deluge on a free kick with 10:21 left in the half.

Ismaili would complete his own hat trick on two second-half goals: one with 30:41 left on an assist from Ivan Bohorquez and the last with 2:21 remaining.

The JV squad also had a productive day, winning 8-0 over IMSA.

Tuesday’s conference opener against DeKalb concluded with a 0-0 tie. The sophomore unit fell 1-0, and the freshman squad came through for the Knights’ program with a 4-0 victory.

Felipe Speraggi led the way with two goals and an assist. Cameron Pieczynski added a goal and an assist. Alex Mendoza contributed a goal, while additional assists came from Tristan Powell and Tim Watcher.

Northern Illinois Big XII action continues with a trip to the Morris Redskins’ home pitch on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Knights soccer blocks H-BR, ties Geneva

Photo: Kaneland’s Arsim Azemi comes face-to-face with the ball while being chased by a Geneva player. The teams fought to a 1-1 tie at Kaneland on Thursday, Aug. 30. Photo by John DiDonna

KHS has just 1 loss through 6 contest
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It looks like the Knights soccer team is an expert in playing close matches.

Outside of being on the wrong end of a rout in one match-up at Jacobs High School, the Kaneland group has made a living off of tight affairs.

It was no different this past week, as KHS traveled to Hinckley to take on the host H-BR Royals in a 2-1 win on Friday.

That was preceded by a 1-1 tie against visiting Geneva on Thursday.

Kaneland now sits at 3-1-2 on the year.

KHS and H-BR scored their goals in the first half. The two Knight goals came as a result of two Arsim Azemi corner kicks, finished by Ivan Bohorquez with 14:19 left in the first half, and 47 seconds later off the foot of Anthony Parillo.

The junior varsity crew enjoyed a 3-1 win over its Royal counterparts to cap the action.

Kaneland managed to tie Geneva, a school which has never lost to Kaneland but had begun the season with three straight losses.

After falling behind 1-0 early, a Kushstrim Ismaili rocket to the net on an assist from Sam Rymarz tied matters with 7:46 remaining in the first half.

Geneva had a real chance to find the lead until goalkeeper Marshall Farthing of Kaneland stonewalled a penalty kick attempt with 25 minutes remaining.

“When it goes down, you’ve got to get your mind into the zone,” Farthing said. “That’ll decide the game right there. If I missed that goal, that’d be a huge differential right there.”

KHS coach Scott Parillo was proud of the troops, despite the lack of a win.

“We definitely picked it up in the second half there,” Parillo said. “They know I wasn’t real thrilled with the way we played in the first half. That wasn’t Kaneland soccer, but we picked it up and we’re getting some guys back.”

The Knights continue action on Thursday, Sept. 6, against Illinois Math and Science Academy in Maple Park.

Soccer takes 2nd at Jacobs

Photo: Defender Sam Rymarz (top left) goes up to block a corner kick in the first half of Kaneland’s 4-1 road win at Marengo on Aug. 21. Photo by John DiDonna

Knights win 2 of 3 in Fox Valley area
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Jacobs High School’s tournament in Algonquin, Ill., usually provides a nice early-season test for Kaneland soccer.

Taking on three teams at the tournament, KHS finished with a passing grade.
With two wins and a loss, Kaneland is now 2-1-1 in 2012.

The hosts took it to the Knights on Friday by a 4-1 clip, but a rebound transpired with a 3-0 Saturday win over Crystal Lake Central and a 1-0 win in penalty kicks over Harvard soon after to clinch second place.

Against Jacobs, Kaneland fell behind 3-0 after the first 40 minutes, and even a Kushstrim Ismaili goal on a feed from Ben Longson with 28:42 left couldn’t undo the damage.

Kaneland got momentum on its side once Saturday hit, thanks to goals from Anthony Parillo (29:28), Ismaili (9:04) and Evan Bohorquez (8:15, second half) vs. Crystal Lake Central.

The uplifting conclusion to the round-robin affair happened after a scoreless regulation against the Hornets. Kaneland’s 5-4 edge in penalty kicks was the difference in match played without the benefit of six Knights due to injury.

“I would say that we did as well as we could with the injuries we have had early in season,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “The Jacobs game was a less than stellar effort but we regrouped on Saturday and played a little better. I want to see how we play when we are at full strength.We have been practicing PK’s all season and it paid off.”

Kaneland battles former Western Sun Conference rival Geneva in Maple Park on Thursday, Aug. 30.

Boys Soccer Preview: Through it all

Photo: The Kaneland Knights varsity soccer boys finished 12-7-1 last year and fell just short of their quest to clinch a second straight regional title. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—KHS coach Scott Parillo has seen his team go through just about everything on the pitch.

A 2010 postseason saw the Knights play nine postseason overtimes enroute to a regional championship—the first for a head-to-head sport at Kaneland in five years—before losing to Sterling in the sectional semifinal.

In 2011, the Knight roster used a late Alex Gil goal against regional host DeKalb for a win before bowing out to Class 2A State semifinalist Marmion in the regional final.

“They had two D-1 guys, and it was a good team. We were still young with a lot of juniors and sophomores, and we did well,” Parillo said.

Now with nine seniors, 10 juniors and a sophomore on the opening roster, Kaneland wants to improve its win total for the second straight year, after ending 12-7-1 in 2011.

“It’s nice having a lot of experience, and hopefully it works out,” Parillo said.
Stability in goal is personified by senior Marshall Farthing.

“It’s a shame he didn’t get recognized more for how he played in the postseason,” Parillo said of the returnee.

Holes to be filled include the scoring and ball-handling of All-Northern Illinois Big XII forward Jordan Escobedo and honorable mention defender Pedro Perez due to graduation.

Doing their part are returning all-NIB-12 members senior Alex Gil and junior Anthony Parillo.
Other midfield cornerstones are junior Tyler Siebert and Arsim Azemi, while defenders Sam Rymarz and Alec Koczka, another all-conference selection, take charge.

“We have seasoned vets and we’re skilled. We’ve just got to stay healthy,” Parillo said.
Parillo looks for the conference landscape to be tough.

“DeKalb is still tough; Morris’ sophomores won conference, and Yorkville is getting a lot better. Rochelle is solid, so it’s a solid conference,” he said. “We know we can score. It’s important for them to remember to possess the ball, work hard and have fun.”

Kaneland’s tour began on Tuesday at Marengo, and it handles the Jacobs Tournament on Friday, Aug. 24.

Soccer starts with a win
Anthony Parillo led the Knights as they kicked off their 2012 campaign with a 4-1 win over Marengo on Tuesday.

Parillo earned the hat trick, scoring twice in the first half and notching his third goal in the second. Assisting on the goals were Gil, Bohorquez and Koczka.

Gil put in the first goal of the season off an assist fromRymarz.

Varsity Roster—
Marshall Farthing, GK/Mid
Tyler Siebert, Mid/Fwd
Jarred Karr, GK/Mid
Kushstrim Ismaili, Mid/Fwd
Anthony Parillo, Mid/Fwd
Adhurim Azemi, Mid/Fwd
Don Seawall, Mid/Fwd
Alex Gil, Mid/Fwd
Ignacio Toscano, Mid/Fwd
Arsim Azemi, Mid/Fwd
Ryan Longson, Def/Mid
Jason Biddle, Def/Mid
Sam Rymarz, Def/Mid
Ben Longson, Mid/Fwd
Chris Van Dinther, Def/Mid
Alonzo Dominguez, Def/Mid
Matt Vander Sande, Def/Mid
Diego Ochoa, Mid/Fwd
Ivan Bohorquez, Mid/Fwd
Alec Koczka, Def/Mid
Head Coach—Scott Parillo

Varsity Soccer Schedule
• Tuesday, Aug. 21; 4:30 p.m.
At Marengo Community HS
• Friday, Aug. 24; 4:30 p.m.
At Jacobs Invite
• Saturday, Aug. 25; 9 a.m.
At Jacobs Invite
• Thursday, Aug. 30; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Geneva HS
• Friday, Aug. 31; 6 p.m.
At Hinckley-Big Rock HS
• Thursday, Sept. 6; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. IMSA
• Tuesday, Sept. 11; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. DeKalb HS
• Thursday, Sept. 13; 4:30 p.m.
At Morris HS
• Tuesday, Sept. 18; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Rochelle Twp HS
• Thursday, Sept. 20; 4:30 p.m.
At Yorkville HS
• Tuesday, Sept. 25; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Sycamore HS
• Thursday, Sept. 27; 6 p.m.
At DeKalb HS
• Tuesday, Oct. 2; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Morris HS
• Thursday, Oct. 4; 4:30 p.m.
At Rochelle Township HS
• Saturday, Oct. 6; 10 a.m.
Home vs. Plainfield East HS
• Tuesday, Oct. 9; 4:30 p.m.
Home vs. Yorkville HS
• Thursday, Oct. 11; 4:30 p.m.
At Sycamore HS

Gil! Late heroics send KHS soccer to regional final Sat.

Photo: Alex Gil (right) celebrates his game-winning goal on Tuesday. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—After struggling in the previous two outings against conference rival DeKalb, the Knights soccer team (12-6-1) triumphed on Tuesday night in Barb-land.

With 72 seconds remaining in regulation, the Knights’ midfielder Alex Gil took a pass from teammate Tyler Siebert on a breakaway and launched the shot to the right of an outstretched goalkeeper for the final 1-0 margin, setting off an ensuing celebration.

“Siebert played a great ball to me and I was just one-on-one with the defender, and I just wanted to get past him and have a quick shot,” Gil said.

It comes in stark contrast to the previous two losses in 2011 to the Barbs, and to last year’s postseason, where the regional champ Knights found themselves playing nine overtimes.

“I kept telling them ‘we can beat DeKalb’,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “Just be patient, and you’ve got to play 80 minutes, and it took us 78 minutes and 48 seconds to do it, and so we did it.”

Goalkeeper Marshall Farthing made key stops in the regional shutout, and supplied the Knights with a fighting chance throughout the match.

“The times that they had a chance, we came up big, and the wide field at DeKalb helps us with our game. It’s definitely nice to not play an overtime,” Farthing said.

Kaneland’s regional final test takes place on Saturday, Oct. 22, at DeKalb High School, with kickoff at 6 p.m.

The Knights’ 5-0 win over Sycamore on Thursday in the regular season finale marked their final Northern Illinois Big XII mark at 6-3-1.

Pedro Perez found the net for the 1-0 lead 25 minutes into the match. After the teams went to halftime, the Knights added a four-goal barrage to settle the matter.

Jordan Escobedo scored on two occasions, Kushstrim Ismaili, and Arsim Azemi had ball meet net in the second half.

Soccer stopped by two schools before NIB-12 win

KANELAND—Kaneland soccer had five matches in nine days, and while the action was close in the second half, the Knights saw chances go the other way this last week.

On Thursday, the Knights hosted conference mate Rochelle and surrendered a second-half goal in a 3-2 setback.

On Saturday, the Knights saw a late second-half flurry by the still-new Plainfield East Bengals in a 2-0 loss.

However, KHS righted their ship somewhat with a 3-2 win over host Yorkville on Tuesday

The Knights are now 10-6-1, with a 5-3-1 record in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

Against the Hubs, the Knights went out to a 2-0 lead thanks to a Kushstrim Ismaili goal with an assist by Alex Gil. Thanasi Pesmajoglou also scored. Rochelle tied the score with two goals before the halftime buzzer and scored the lone second-half goal for the final margin.

Against the Bengals, the hosts found the net twice in 62 seconds.

“We played four games this week and we’re tired and banged up,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said on Saturday. “I thought we played better in the second half.”

It was the first half that Kaneland excelled in against the Foxes, with Tyler Siebert, Pesmajoglou and Alec Koczka finding the net within a 10-minute space.

Soccer wins pair after loss to conference foe DeKalb

Photo: Anthony Parillo (2) attempts a corner kick last week for the nine-win Knights soccer unit. Photo by Madeline Cole

KANELAND—Kaneland (9-4-1, 4-2-1 NIB-12) suffered its second loss this season to DeKalb in a 2-0 matchup, with a third meeting on the horizon in the Class 2A Regionals.

Against the visiting Bucs, Kushstrim Ismaili scored with five minutes, 59 seconds to go in the first half for a 1-0 lead.

Additionally, the Knights solved host Morris on Tuesday by a 1-0 clip, thanks to Arsim Azemi’s feed from Jordan Escobedo and Josh Williams, coming with 35:57 left.

The Knights host the Rochelle Hubs on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4:30 p.m.

Soccer dishes shutouts to Yorkville and Sycamore

Photos: Alec Koczka (20) and Arsim Azemi (3) battle for a head shot near the goal during Kaneland’s varsity game at Sycamore on Tuesday. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—Once again, the Kaneland High School soccer roster found a way to acquaint itself with the back of the opposing net on Thursday.

Make that multiple ways to acquaint itself.

Using two goals in the first half and three in the second, KHS solved the visiting Yorkville Foxes by a 5-0 final in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

With that matchup in the books, along with a formerly improbable 2-0 shotout win in Sycamore, the Knights are 7-3-1 and 3-1-1 in NIB-12 clashes.

Jordan Escobedo got things going on Thursday with a goal about 13 minutes into play. Escobedo then fed Alex Gil with 26 minutes, 4 seconds left in the the half for a 2-0 lead.

Anthony Parillo convered on an unassisted opportunity with 33:53 left in the game, and Alex Gil took a pass from Escobedo once again with 30:49 to go for a 4-0 lead.

Kushstrim Ismaili closed the barrage out with an assist from Kris Leeseberg with 8:58 remaining.
The JV team improved to 6-3 with a 7-0 solving of the younger Foxes.

In what was described by KHS coach Scott Parillo as swamp-like conditions, the Knights’ two first-half goals were enough against the Spartans, thanks to a Parillo goal from a Thanasi Pesmajoglou feed just seven minutes into the game and an Ismaili goal from Parillo 12 minutes later.

The Knights’ march continues on Monday, Oct. 3, with a non-conference clash against the visiting Belvidere Bucs.

Soccer handles IMSA, drops NIB-12 opener at DeKalb

Photo: Arsim Azemi battles with a Barb counterpart for the ball in the 2-1 loss on Tuesday night. Photo by John DiDonna

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—The first trip to the new DeKalb High School grounds off of Dresser Road in DeKalb was not a welcome one for Kaneland soccer.

A goal with 28 minutes, 29 seconds remaining sent KHS on its way to a 2-1 loss to the Barbs.

However, Kaneland did get a win on Thursday in Aurora over Illinois Math and Science Academy by a 7-1 final.

The Knights stand at 4-3 on the season with an 0-1 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play.

After allowing a goal three minutes into the contest on DeKalb’s turf surface, Kaneland tied it when Alex Gil fed Kushstrim Ismaili for the game-tying score with 20:46 to go in the first half.

Roughly 12 minutes into the second half, Trevor Freeland of DeKalb put the ball in.

Opportunities were there, but the results were few for the Knights, who have found a knack for the net in 2011.

“Today, we couldn’t do it,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We had a couple of chances at both ends that just didn’t go in. Sometimes, it’s just a game of inches.”

The JV squad did manage a 2-0 win over DeKalb.

The varsity match against the Titans saw first-half goals by Jordan Escobedo and Anthony Parillo’s penalty kick.

An explosion of five goals went the KHS way in the second half with Ismaili, Escobedo, Gil and Alec Koczka getting into the act.

The Knights continue conference play with against Morris on Thursday, Sept. 15.

Soccer survives shootout with Royals, now over .500

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For those that wish the game of soccer could use a couple more handfuls of scoring got their wish on Friday afternoon at Kaneland High School.

The Knights used a huge first half to propel themselves to a 7-4 win over the H-BR Royals.

The six-goal outburst within the first 40 minutes of play allowed Kaneland to improve to 3-2 on the young season.

Anthony Parillo kicked things off with a 35-yard free kick just six minutes, 53 seconds into the match.

Alex Gil scored on an assist from Parillo with 28:22 to go. With 20:50 remaining, Tyler Siebert began his prolific day with a goal on a Kushstrim Ismaili assist.

Jordan Escobedo put it in the net with 12:12 to go thanks to a Tyler Siebert assist.

Thanasi Pesmajoglou got in on the scoring party with an unassisted effort with 8:09 left, and H-BR put the ball in its own net just five seconds out from the break.

Alex Gil completed the scoring with 24:59 to go, helping offset the three-goal burst by the Royals.

The Knights move on to deal with Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora on Thursday, Sept. 8, and head to DeKalb for a matchup at the Barbs’ new grounds on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Kaneland soccer edges rival Marengo in opener

Photo: Kushstrim Ismaili battles for possession of the ball in the second half of the 2-1 opening win over Marengo. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—While Tuesday’s weather started off less than ideal, the end landscape of the evening was more suitable.

Just the way Kaneland soccer preferred it.

Hosting their rivals from Route 23, Marengo, the Knights got the 2011-12 season off on the right cleat.

With a 2-1 win over the Indians, the Knights begin 1-0.

The result was made a little more remarkable considering the Knights played a man down for all but five minutes of the second half.

The KHS goals came in the first half, with Jordan Escobedo finding the net 14 minutes, 49 seconds into season action thanks to a feed from Kushstrim Ismaili. The match’s difference was scored by Alex Gil with 9:46 left on an unassisted attempt.

Marengo nabbed its goal on a penalty kick.

The JV crew continued its tear from last year with a 6-0 win over Marengo.

The varsity unit tests its mettle in the Jacobs Invite beginning on Friday, Aug. 27.

Kaneland boys’ soccer named its five captains prior to the opening competition against Marengo on Tuesday:
• Anthony Parillo
• Pedro Perez
• Alex Gil
• Jordan Escobedo
• Thanasi Pesmajoglou