Soccer ends regular season with hunger for more

By on October 24, 2013

KANELAND—It was a struggle at times, but Senior Night yielded a win, and a drive to keep going.

An Ignacio Toscano goal in the second half broke open a tie and the margin held for Kaneland on the way to a 2-1 victory on Thursday in the season finale.

For Kaneland, it now goes into the Class 2A Sycamore Regional opener, set for Wednesday, with a final record of 9-5-4 and a 6-2-2 record in Northern Illinois Big XII play. The Knights are aiming for a higher plane than the 2012 Sectional title match run.

Against the rival Spartans on a chilly Thursday afternoon, Kaneland struck first just seven minutes, 23 seconds into the contest on a goal from Arsim Azemi off a feed from Adhurim Azemi.

Sycamore battled back and scored off of a corner kick with 21:47 to go in the first half, deadlocking the match at one goal apiece.

KHS struggled with passes and finishing possessions, which made scoring opportunities scarce.

Kaneland made good on a scoring try with 23:15 left on the rocket from the top of the box from Toscano off a feed from teammate Anthony Parillo.

“We’ve played (Sycamore) before, and we honestly came out here expecting to win. We needed to step it up and take it more serious, and it was a close game,” Toscano said.

Ivan Bohorquez’ header attempt two minutes later was close but couldn’t find its way in.

The senior-dominated lineup did enough for the regular season-ending win.

“It’s a one-and-done; there’s no tomorrow now,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “We’ll have our regular lineup starting on Wednesday. The seniors got more playing time; I told the other guys the seniors are going to get the majority tonight.”

Kaneland, as the No. 2 seed in the Sycamore Regional, was scheduled to face No. 3 Sycamore again on Wednesday. The winner would face either No. 1 Burlington Central or No. 4 Sandwich in the Friday, Oct. 25, regional final.