Kaneland kicks season off up north

By on September 4, 2014

KANELAND—Knights soccer headed to its usual Fox Valley stop to kick off the 2014 season, with some success and growing pains.

At the Jacobs Tournament on Friday, Kaneland began with a 2-0 loss to Harvard and a 3-1 loss to Upstate Eight school Streamwood on Saturday, but rebounded with a 4-1 Saturday win over host Jacobs.

Against the Hornets, the Knights surrendered two second-half goals after a scoreless tie.

Facing the Sabres of Streamwood, Felipe Speragi scored the first goal of the season on an unassisted effort with 15:15 left in the first half. All the goals came in the first half for both sides.

Ivan Bohorquez got the part against Jacobs rolling with a goal off an Angel Escontrias feed with 15:32 to go in the first half. Three second-half goals by Kaneland took the form of a Spergi goal with 14:14 left from another Escontrias assist, a Michael Meisinger score with 6:21 left off a Speragi assist, and the clincher just six seconds later by Bohorquez from Escontrias.

KHS coach Scott Parillo found plenty of early-season challenges the squad needs to deal with, in a setting that keeps giving good competition.

“I think the challenge is for them to be confident in their abilities and what they do when they find themselves losing a game. I think they realize that we blew game 1 of the Jacobs tourney—we handed Harvard that game. It was very lopsided, and yet we lost. We keep going to the Jacobs tourney because it is a competitive tournament to be in,” Parillo said.

On Tuesday, the Knights went to Carpentersville, Ill., to face Dundee-Crown, where they dropped the contest 2-0. The Knights are now 1-3 on the young season.

Ahead for the Knights is a Tuesday, Sept. 9, meeting with visiting DeKalb, marking the first Northern Illinois Big XII match of the year.