Soccer solves IMSA
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—After a Thursday conference tilt against Sycamore was postponed due to torrential rainfall, the Lady Knights soccer crew made up for lost scoring time on Saturday in Aurora on the home grounds of Illinois Math and Science Academy.
Converting an 8-1 win, the Lady Knights were able to bounce back from a hefty non-conference tour a week prior, which included Geneva and St. Charles East.
“We were fortunate that we were able to finish the way we as a team thought we should have doing all season,” KHS head soccer coach Scott Parillo said.
Getting down to business against the Lady Titan lineup, the Kaneland starters found the back of the net five times in the first half and three in the second.
Brittany Olson supplied a hat trick with an assist, while Emily Chapman added two of her own. Teammate Courtney Diddell had a goal and two assists, while Madi Jurcenko scored on a corner kick. Kiandra Powell closed out the scoring column, and Emily Grams added an assist of her own.
This Friday, April 26, sees the release of the Class 2A postseason pairings for Kaneland. The Lady Knights are part of the Rochelle Regional, along with just-seen IMSA, Rosary and the host Lady Hubs.
“We are playing pretty well as of late. It is nice when we can get outside a few times, in that we can work on improving our game,” Parillo said.
The regional is part of the Freeport Sectional and Barrington Super-Sectional. Kaneland has seen its season come to a close twice by the cleats of Rosary and twice by Crystal Lake Central in regional play the last four years.
KHS sits at 5-4-1 with a 2-1 record in the Northern Illinois Big XII.
KHS was set to visit DeKalb on Wednesday, with results unavailable for press time. On Thursday, April 25, the Lady Knights host Morris, while trekking to Rochelle on Tuesday, April 30.