KHS takes modified early season trek to Jacobs tourney
KANELAND—Jacobs High School in Algonquin, Ill., was as good of a place as any to see how the early-season formations would work for KHS soccer.
After three matches of the Jacobs Tournament, it can be said that the plan of attack is working, somewhat.
Rain postponed the end of Friday games due to weather, and forced 25-minute halves for Saturday play.
Harvard bested Kaneland (1-1-1) in a match started on Friday and concluded on Saturday, with two additional matches in round-robin fashion taking the form of a win over Crystal Lake Central and a tie against host Jacobs.
Against the Harvard Hornets, the Knights gave up a first-half goal, which stood until play resumed the next day, and the KHS attack was unable to convert in the 1-0 setback.
Kaneland earned its first win of the season against CLC, 1-0. After a scoreless stalemate in the first half of play, Ignacio Toscano found paydirt for the first goal of 2013, thanks in part to assists from Arsim Azemi and captain Anthony Parillo.
The Kaneland-Jacobs match played all the way to a scoreless tie.
The audible on the 25-minute halves may have changed the setting, but goals still have to be scored.
“The shortening of games had some effect,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “It made us press a little more than we would like; we like to possess, find the opponents’ weakness and then attack, and 25 minute halves really didn’t allow us to do that. We are not making excuses though, we just didn’t finish. We out possessed every team and out shot every team, the ball just didn’t go in the back of the net as much as we would have liked. That happens sometimes.”
Friday, Sept. 6, will see a matchup with Little Ten Conference contender Hinckley-Big Rock, at 4:30 in Maple Park.