2014 Boys Soccer Preview: Soccer hopes for more of the same
Photo: Freshman John McCaffrey works on a ball-handling drill. Photos by Patti Wilk
Parillo’s roster has talent pool to be in postseason picture
KANELAND—Four straight regional final appearances would be satisfactory for any area soccer program.
For Kaneland High School, it’s also resulted in a sectional championship appearance in 2012.
But last year saw an overtime heartbreaker at the hands of Burlington Central in the regional final, off the cleats of a semifinal rout of Sycamore.
Coach Scott Parillo and the Knights hope that their usually positive trajectory in recent regular seasons, which included 10-6-4 in 2013 and a 26-10-6 mark through the last two seasons, keeps rolling along.
“Yes, it was still a success; we reached the Regional Championship for the fourth year in a row. That is always one of our goals for a season,” Parillo said.
A key to duplicating familiar levels of success will be to plug in capable players into holes created by graduation. That’s no small task with personnel like Anthony Parillo, Tyler Siebert and Arsim Azemi.
“There are holes to fill that would be expected after graduating 16 players last year and 12 the previous year,” Parillo said. “The coaching staff believes we have players that can and will fill those holes. We are not asking these players to replace those who have left, but instead be the best players that they can be.”
With positions still to solidify, seniors on the team include Jason Carlquist, returning captain Ivan Bohorquez, Billy Koziol, Eli Alvarado, Omar Aguilar, Jack Wolf, Michael Meisinger, Edson Del Real, Peter Jefferson and Jake Bilotta. Juniors include Andrew Mathys, Jon Turyna, Mark Dhom, Cameron Pieczynski, Sam Wolf, Felipe Speragy, Andy Tovar, Drew Franklin and Alex Mendoza. Sophomores are Trevor Jahns and Angel Escontrias, while Matthew Gombar rounds out the crew as a lone freshman.
Kaneland’s recent success will have to be duplicated with a pitch full of new starters, but the goal, attitude and preparation remain the same.
“The players are already talking about keeping the tradition going and making their mark on Kaneland soccer. We have asked them ‘What do you want your legacy to be when you leave Kaneland?” Parillo said.
The Northern Illinois Big XII, which saw KHS finish 6-2-2 in 10 matches, proves to have KHS in the mix, provided things point up.
“We expect Yorkville and DeKalb to be very good teams. They have excellent coaches, and they will be tough to beat,” Parillo said.
The Jacobs Tournament provides the first competition for Kaneland, beginning on Friday, Aug. 29, and going through Saturday.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, marks the first NIB-12 clash, at home vs. DeKalb.