Stuck by Barbs
Photo: Freshman Kiandra Powell (above) battles with a DeKalb player during Kaneland’s 1-0 loss Tuesday. Photo by Kimberly Anderson
Season opener sees Lady Knights stifled in Maple Park
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—After all the cancellations and scheduling switches, the Lady Knights’ soccer roster was ready for action.
It’s too bad it was in tundra-like conditions and against a capable rival in DeKalb High School.
A goal by the Lady Barbs with 35:44 remaining in the Tuesday afternoon tilt held up despite a handful of chances, and Kaneland fell in the 2013 curtain-jerker.
Kaneland is now 0-1.
The goal by Lady Barb Morgan Beaty kept going despite goalkeeper Jordan Ginther’s deflection attempt.
Kaneland controlled the ball for most of the second half, but the closest tries by Heather Ortiz and Kiandra Powell were stopped near the opposite goal.
Courtney Diddell’s booming rocket with 15 minutes to go was handled on the opposite goalkeeper’s end, marking the last best chance of the match.
KHS experimented with lineup modifications throughout the game due to a banged-up roster that left it down to two subs, and Michelle Ortiz had to leave the game with an ankle injury.
However, KHS coach Scott Parillo saw a silver lining on the frigid afternoon.
“I’m pretty pleased,” Parillo said. “I wish we didn’t have that little mental block where we left that girl wide open. But we’re not going to make any excuses. They capitalized when they needed to, and unfortunately we didn’t. We’ll build on this.”
The Kaneland lineup has capitalized on a suitable mix of leadership with younger talent, and the experimental lineup yielded some good signs for Parillo.
“Nicole Koczka did a nice job at stopper, Gabby Cano did a nice job at forward, Heather Ortiz did well at mid. This was not a bad effort with our first time outside being (Monday),” Parillo said.
Kaneland heads to the West Aurora Blackhawk Invite beginning on Thursday, April 4.