Barrage of offense
Firepower dovetails with regular season
KANELAND—KHS coach Scott Parillo believes his team is playing great in this current stretch of the 2013 season.
His current lineup is making it quite hard to argue such a claim.
Kaneland posted back-to-back 7-0 wins over Hinckley-Big Rock on May 1 and Yorkville on Thursday.
That firepower failed to ignite Tuesday, however, when KHS battled conference-foe Sycamore to a 0-0 tie.
Kaneland is now 9-4-3 in the regular season, 6-1-2 in the Northern Illinois Big XII landscape.
Against Yorkville on Thursday, the Lady Knights and Lady Foxes had to sit through two lightning delays within the first 10 minutes of play, equaling one hour of sitting time. KHS made up for lost time by amassing six goals in the first half, and getting the necessary seventh with 37:10 left on the clock. The 7-0 deficit meant time sliced in half for the duration of the contest.
Madi Jurcenko changed the scoreboard 10 minutes into the game off an assist from both Courtney Diddell and Delaney Stryczek. Brittany Olson made it 2-0 with 27:50 to go off a feed from teammate Sage Schlehofer. For the 3-0 lead, Kiandra Powell scored the first of her three goals with 12:47 to go in the half from an Emily Grams assist. Powell scored 24 seconds later with a goal from a Gabby Cano assist. Powell completed the hat trick with 6:38 to go off a Grams assist. The first-half scoring was complete with 1:56 to go, thanks to a Diddell goal off of an Olson feed.
Powell was happy to see the evening’s output as much as anyone.
“The passes are going through right, and everyone is just working together as a team,” Powell said.
The night’s scoring was capped on Diddell’s second goal, halving the time.
“We’re starting to play very, very well right now, and it’s a lot of fun,” Parillo said. “They’re talking, shooting and doing whatever we ask them to do. They buy in what we’re trying to preach and it shows. We’ve outscored the opponent 20-0 in the last three games.”
Against H-BR, Michelle Ortiz scored twice, while Diddell and Powell found the back of the net.
Kaneland was set to conclude the regular season on Wednesday at home against Sycamore, before the week-long layoff leading to the Class 2A Rochelle Regional first-round matchup against Illinois Math and Science Academy.