Struck down

By on May 29, 2014

Prolific season stopped in tracks by Rosary in regional final
AURORA—Just one of these years, Kaneland High School girls soccer would like for the bloom to go off Rosary.

After another successful regular season, as well as a Class 3A Rosary Regional semifinal win a week ago against Rochelle, Kaneland found itself in a battle for plaque supremacy on Saturday against the host Royals, only to lose in penalty kick fashion in a 3-1 affair.

For Kaneland, the 2014 season, marked and highlighted by depth, scoring and varied options to carry out the attacks, ends at 14-4-2, and 7-1-2 in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

Rosary spelled the end of Kaneland’s season in regional finals back in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Crystal Lake Central also eliminated KHS in regional final play back in 2009, making four times in the last six seasons for a regional final exit.

“The season ended much earlier than we expected it to,” KHS coach Scott Parillo said. “The seniors’ record was 50-24-9; they only knew winning. I think that will be one of the biggest contributions to the returning players. The younger players should expect to win. I know they will also want the returning players to win that regional that has eluded us for so many years. The seniors were the first to ever win conference—that is a huge accomplishment.”

Rosary improved to 10-11-2 on the season, which also included two regular season losses to KHS.

The Royals and Lady Knights battled through 80 minutes of scoreless ball in Aurora and overtime totaling 20 minutes before the penalty kick setup was triggered. Madi Jurcenko converted on the lone penalty kick try for KHS.