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IHSA releases classifications for 2015-16 school year

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) released the classifications breakdown for the 2015-16, and Kaneland will not see any changes to their sports landscape from the 2014-15 season.

• Baseball: 3A (four classes)
• Basketball (boys and girls): 3A (four classes)
• Cross Country
(boys and girls): 2A (three classes)
• Cheerleading: Middle
(three classes—small, medium, large)
• Dance: 2A (three classes)
• Football: Determined at the
end of the regular season
• Golf (boys): 2A (three classes)
• Golf (girls) AA (two classes)
• Softball: 3A (four classes)
• Scholastic Bowl: AA (two classes)
• Soccer (boys and girls): 2A (three classes)
• Track and Field (boys and girls):
2A (three classes)
• Volleyball: 3A (four classes)
• Wrestling: 2A (three classes)

Enrollment for the high school is up 19 students—1,310 to 1,329 —from the 2014-15 school year to the upcoming year. Since classification cut offs vary from sport to sport depending on the number of schools that participate in each sport throughout the state, the Knights had some close calls this upcoming season. Kaneland was 49 students away from moving up to 4A in basketball, 17 students away from moving to 4A in volleyball, and 11 away from moving up to 3A in track and field.

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Knights’ season ends at Super-Sectional
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—Knights junior Kiandra Powell was jogging off the field at DeKalb High School Tuesday night when she paused, a big smile on her face, to give teammate Courtney Diddell an appreciative hug.

“Great job,” she told the senior forward, who had just played her final game for the Kaneland girls soccer team. The Knights (19-4) had just lost to Peoria Notre Dame 4-1 in their Super-Sectional match, thus ending their remarkable, record-setting season.

In addition to setting a school record for the most wins in a single season, the Kaneland girls soccer team advanced to the Super-Sectional for the first time in school history, winning both a Regional and Sectional title that had eluded them in the past. They came just one win short of going to the State tournament for the first time in school history.

“I couldn’t be prouder of these girls,” Kaneland head coach Scott Parillo said, adding that they did better than anyone expected, including themselves.

“We accomplished so much more than we thought we could,” senior Madison Jurcenko said. “Everything after the Regional (title) was just a bonus. It was a great season.”

“I never thought we’d go this far,” senior Taylor Opperman said. “It’s hard coming out of a non-competitive conference and doing what we did.”

Opperman added that it wasn’t until the Knights won the Rochelle Regional two weeks ago that the team began thinking it could go all the way to State.

The Super-Sectional loss was preceeded by a 1-0 win over Freeport to secure the Sectional Championship May 29, and a 2-1 win over Prairie Ridge May 26.

In an uncharacteristically slow start, the Knights—who usually jumped out to big leads early—fell behind PND (20-4-4) early, giving up a pair of goals within the first 10 minutes. The first score came just 1:05 into the game when senior midfielder Kristen Slomba took a perfect cross from Macy Martin, which she drilled past a diving Emily Chapman.

“I don’t know what happened,” Parillo said. “All of a sudden, the nerves hit us.”

Jokingly, the veteran coach said he had done everything he was supposed to do, including having the same meal, dressing the same way, even using the same bus driver he did on other days when they had won, but this time nothing seemed to work.

Kaneland’s only score came at the 16:59 mark of the first half on what was one of its finest goals of the whole season. Battling to simply keep the ball in that half of the field, junior forward Ashley Crowley, wedged between two Irish defenders trying to take the ball away from her, somehow managed to get off a shot past keeper Jenna Ashley, settling into the lower right-hand corner of the net.

For the rest of the half, the goal seemed to reinvigorate the Knights who played their best offense of the game.

A pair of PND goals halfway through the second half sealed Kaneland’s fate.

“I thought it was meant to be,” Parillo said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t.”

The outcome didn’t diminish anyone’s feelings about the season overall.

“I’m really proud of the way we played. We fought to the end,” senior Colleen Landers said. “I couldn’t have asked for better teammates. We have a great team.”

Fellow senior Heather Ortiz also shared her thoughts on Kaneland’s most-recent campaign.

“It’s the best season I’ve ever had,” she said. “I’m proud to be a part of it.”

With tears in her eyes, Ortiz had to pause a moment to compose herself.

“I’m going to miss these girls,” she said.

On a positive note, Parillo noted that he’ll have 15 girls returning for next season.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to take it to State next year,” he said.

Regional revelation

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Knights girls soccer wins first Regional crown
by Doug Oleson
ROCHELLE, Ill.—You pretty much knew it was coming; it was mainly a question of when.

The KHS girls soccer team entered the Rochelle Regional last Wednesday against IMSA, a team they had already beaten 10-0 this season. Missing their first six shots, the Knights erupted for five quick tallies in five minutes, leaving little doubt as to the outcome of the game. Adding a half-dozen more, they rolled to an easy 11-0 win, propelling them into the title game against Rosary on Friday.

The Knights followed up the opening-round blowout with a 4-2 Regional Championship win over Rosary.

The wins gave the Knights a record of 17-3, tying the school record for the most wins in a single season by a soccer team, boys or girls.

“I’m so proud of this team,” senior co-captain Taylor Opperman said. “We definitely deserve this. We’ve worked hard all season.”

“It’s pretty awesome,” freshman Lindsay Penkala said about setting a record in her first year on the varsity against IMSA.

“It’s better than last year,” sophomore Lauren Ortiz added. “It sets something for us (to break) next year.”

Both girls said the record wasn’t something they aimed for at the beginning of the season but once it got closer, they all focused their attention on getting it.

Both girls also contributed to the scoring with at least one goal each. Kiandra Powell, Abby Taylor and Holy Collingbourne each scored a pair of goals for Kaneland, while Madison Jurcenko, Kaylee Bilotta, Courtney Diddell and Ashley Crottea scored once. Heather Ortiz, a senior, assisted on three of the scores.

The Kaneland attack against IMSA was so overwhelming, head coach Scott Parillo—emptying his bench early—instructed his team not to score. At one point, he even told the referees his team was offside to thwart a scoring drive.

Although it’s not easy to deliberately prevent yourself from scoring, Lauren Ortiz said it allowed the team to work on its weaker areas, such as cross passing and ball control.

“It’s hard, but if we have a breakaway, we want to finish,” Opperman said.

“It’s important, but not the most important thing,” Parillo said of the record. “We’ve had some good teams here, but they didn’t get the one thing.”

Meaning a Regional title.

However, KHS got just that on Friday.

Heather Ortiz raced towards the Kaneland bench, arms outstretched, a big grin on her face.

“The goal isn’t mine, but I got it,” she called out.

The senior forward had just scored the Knights’ final goal in their 4-2 win against Rosary to claim the Rochelle Regional title. Rosary (8-8-1), whom Kaneland had beaten during the regular season, had eliminated the Knights in five of the past seven regionals.

Although Ortiz didn’t think she had scored, a picture showed the ball bouncing off her shoulder, past Rosary keeper Mary Dant and into the net.

“I was on her in the middle and I couldn’t tell,” Ortiz said with a grin after the game. “But I want it.”

The title is the first girls’ soccer Regional title for Parillo in his 16 years at the helm, propelling the team into this week’s Rockford Boylan Sectional (they were scheduled to play Prairie Ridge Tuesday night). The win also gave the Knights a record of 17-3, tying the school record for the most wins in a single season by a soccer team, boys or girls. They set the girls’ record with their 11-0 win over IMSA two nights earlier.

“We wanted this for our coach,” Kaneland senior Emily Grams said.

“This is awesome,” Parillo said. “The girls worked hard all year for this, and they deserve it. I’m just happy for all the girls, not only on this team but all the girls (who ever played for Kaneland).”

All of Parillo’s players shared his sentiment.

“This means the world to us seniors,” Heather Ortiz said. “We’ve gone all four years without getting this. I can’t explain the feeling in words.”

“Being our senior year and the last day of school, it’s like it doesn’t seem real,” senior Courtney Diddell said.

Diddell scored one of her team’s goals when she tapped in a perfectly timed pass from Powell. Colingbourne, who also had a goal, outraced two Rosary defenders before feeding Paige Guyton, setting her up with a one-on-one breakaway for Kaneland’s first goal at the 26.24 mark of the first half.

“This is a great group of girls to play with,” Taylor said, noting that the Regional title—especially coming in her first year on the varsity—means more to her than the record. “That’s what we’ve been working for all year.”

“This is a record-setting night,” Grams said, noting that it didn’t matter who the win came against. Still, she admitted that the victory was sweet revenge.

Since Rosary is the Knights’ rival, sophomore Lauren Ortiz added that it’s fun to play them for the title.

Following Heather Ortiz’s goal, Kaneland was up 4-0 when two quick second-half goals by Rosary’s Quincey Kellett and Elizabeth Kelley cut the deficit in half. Although there was no more scoring, the final few minutes saw a frenetic effort by both teams.

If anything, the Knights agreed the two goals were almost a good thing.

Admitting she was a little surprised, Diddell said the team was getting tired and needed the shock to help them refocus.

“It helped us realize they’re still in the game,” Heather Ortiz said.

“It wouldn’t have been an exciting Rosary game if they hadn’t gotten those two goals,” Parillo said.

Regional ‘Hub’bub

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Photo: Junior Kiandra Powell moves the soccer ball downfield as the Knights control possession early in the first period. Powell had four goals and an assist against the Foxes.

Knights defeat Yorkville 8-0 before Regional opener
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—And now it counts.

Call it crunch time or the zero hour or whatever you want. It’s playoff time. Your next loss means your season is over. There are no do-overs.

The Kaneland girls soccer team enters this week’s Illinois High School Association’s Class 2A State playoffs with the top seed in the Rochelle Regional, an honor it worked hard for all season.

The Knights are scheduled to play fourth-seeded IMSA at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The Knights easily defeated IMSA (4-11) earlier this season. The winner of that match will take on the winner of Tuesday’s game between second-seeded Rosary and the host school, seeded third, in the Regional championship at 4 p.m. Friday.

Rochelle High School is located about a mile north of Rochelle, Ill., on 1401 Flagg Center Road.

Kaneland closed out its regular season on May 14 the same way it started it: with a lopsided shutout win. Thanks to Kiandra Powell’s four goals, the Knights won 8-0. The win gave Kaneland a season record of 15-3, tying the school record for the most wins in a single season.

“I feel pretty good about the way we’ve been playing,” Kaneland head coach Scott Parillo said. “But I worry about the teams we face.”
And with good reason.

On paper, the Knights are clearly head and shoulders above the others in the Rochelle Regional, having already beaten two of the schools during the regular season. Proving it on the field, however, may be more challenging.

Rosary, whom Kaneland has often handled effortlessly in past regular seasons, beat the Knights 3-0 this spring and has eliminated Kaneland from the Regional four of the last six seasons.

If the two teams should meet again this Friday, Parillo said he won’t have to gave a Knut Rockne-like speech to get his team motivated.

“The girls know the history between the two schools,” he said. “I don’t have to remind them or talk about it.”

Having lost some key players from last year to graduation, Rosary compiled a 7-7-1 record this season. It was scheduled to play Kaneland twice this season, but their first match was cancelled due to bad weather.

Rochelle is the only team in the Regional Kaneland hasn’t faced this season, but Parillo said that shouldn’t matter.

“We know who they’ve played, and we’ve talked to other coaches about them,” he said, noting that they don’t scout teams the way they do in football.

Although they have a few bumps and bruises, which is common for this time of the season, Parillo said the Knights are in pretty good shape.

The winner of the Rochelle Regional will advance to the Rockford Boylan Catholic Sectional to play the winner of the Woodstock Marian Regional at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26.

Photos by Mary Paulson

May 21 sports recap

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Freshman Baseball

May 12 vs. Geneseo—The Knights demolished Geneseo 18-0. Reece Sowell picked up the win for the Knights, who scored 10 runs in the third inning. Trevor Jones went 2-for-3 with three stolen bases, a walk and three runs, while Nathan Westmaas went 3-for-3 with a run and Mitchel Jackson went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Sophomore Soccer
May 13 vs. Crystal Lake South—Ashley Painer and Mallory Burgin had goals for the Knights as they beat Crystal Lake South 2-0. Marly Schultz and Mary Collum had assists.
May 14 vs. Prairie Ridge—The Knights tied Prairie Ridge 1-1, thanks to Julia Lemp’s unassisted goal.
May 15 vs. Dundee-Crown—The Knights ended their three-game stint at the Dundee-Crown Tournament with a 5-1 win over the hosts. Burgin had a big day for KHS, scoring two goals and supplying two more assists. Schultz, Gabrielle Faletto and Faith Cowsert had the other Knight goals. Rachel Fielding and Valencia Baez had assists. The Knights sit at 11-2-2, 6-1-1 in NIB-12 play.

Sophomore Softball
May 15 vs. Plainfield North—The Knights fell behind the Tigers and could not get the runs back, losing 8-2. Aly Jesionowski was tagged with the loss, but did hit a triple, as did Katie Moore.
May 18 vs. Plano—The Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, and then they poured on the offense, defeating the Reapers 13-3. Jesionowski struck out 16 over seven innings, while walking four and giving up three runs (one earned). Sam Albright (1-for-3) and Lexi Abruzzo (4-for-5) each had doubles, but it was Jesionowski with the showstopper: A walk-off grand slam.
May 19 vs. Rock Falls—The Knights lost to Rock Falls 7-1. Jesionowski went 2-for-3, but was the losing pitcher. Albright went 1-for-3 with a double.

Back on track

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Laura Gampfer KHS Girls Soccer v. Morris 5-7-15-6

Soccer improves to 14-3
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—It may have been its most important win of the season.

After its shocking 5-0 loss to Sycamore two days earlier, the Kaneland High School girls soccer team desperately needed to beat Morris last Thursday. Not only was it the Knights’ final home game of the regular season, it was Senior Night—the last time their six seniors would ever play in front of their hometown crowd.

There was also another, perhaps more pressing, reason.

With the Regional Tournament at Rochelle starting next week, head coach Scott Parillo said it was very important to get back on the winning track and finish the season on a positive note. The Morris game was the penultimate contest in Kaneland’s regular schedule.

And they got it.

Scoring the first three goals of the game, the Knights cruised to a 3-1 win, their 14th this season against just three losses, leaving them one shy of tying the school record.

Against Morris, defender Taylor Emigh started the scoring with a 25-yard blast, off a feed from fellow junior Nicole Koczka, with 7:22 to play in the first half. It was her first goal of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Junior Kiandra Powell four minutes later made it 2-0 when she converted a pass from Courtney Diddell over the middle. It was Powell’s 12th goal and Diddell’s 11th assist, both team leaders.

Lauren Ortiz completed the scoring for Kaneland five minutes into the second half when she took a pass from Taylor Opperman, lifting a 20-foot shot over the head of Morris keeper Marlene Bashat.

Before anyone had a chance to relax, however, Emily Burring put Morris (7-6-1) on the board just 33 seconds later when she put a shot past Kaneland keeper Emily Chapman.

It was the only goal Morris scored during the contest.

The win gave Kaneland a record of 14-3, and made them 4-2 in the conference.
On another positive note, Parillo was able to play all six seniors on his roster. Besides Diddell and Opperman, that includes Heather Ortiz, Madison Jurcenko, Emily Grams and Colleen Landers.

Diddell, Jurcenko, Opperman and Landers are all co-captains.

It was an entirely different scenario against Sycamore, where you could almost feel disaster brewing in the overcast sky. From the opening whistle, the Spartan’s pinpoint passing and relentless attack seemed to keep the Kaneland players off balance for most of the game.

After leading 1-0 after a wild first half in which both teams had numerous chances to score, Sycamore scored four times, including twice in the first five minutes, and it took the air out of the Kaneland players.

“I think that third goal was the difference,” Sycamore coach Dave Lichamer said. “You can be down by two goals and have the mindset you can fight back, but three goals is different.”

Three of the goals were scored by Alyssa Maillefer, who just missed scoring at least three more.

“She’s very fast,” Lichamer said.

With the win, Sycamore clinched the conference title—which they shared last year with Kaneland—with a perfect 6-0 conference mark, Overall the Spartans, who beat Kaneland earlier this season 1-0, have compiled a 14-4 record.

They will host their own regional next week, which includes DeKalb.

Kaneland’s best chances to score against Sycamore came near the end of both halves. Each time, Sycamore keeper Drew Moulton made dramatic, diving saves to stop them.

Despite the lopsided loss, their worse of the season, Chapman had an outstanding game, recording one magnificent stop—either diving or leaping to bat a shot away—after another. In fact, she faced more shots on goal in the first half than she had in the previous three weeks combined.

Chapman’s best save came with just 1:20 to go in the first half, when she stopped a penalty shot from Sycamore’s Ella Holland. Holland was awarded the shot when she was accidentally tripped from behind by Grams in front of the Kaneland goal.

Saying Chapman played a good game, Parillo—obviously disappointed by the outcome—had words of praise for his entire team.

“They never gave up,” he said. “They never quit.”

Photos by Laura Gampfer

May 14 sports recap

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Sophomore Baseball
May 7 vs. Sycamore—The Knights won 6-2 behind a complete game by Jack Marshall on the mound. Marshall went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBIs, while Luke Calabrese went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run, and Jake Hummel went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. The Knights are 16-4, 11-1 in conference play.

Sophomore Soccer
May 7 vs. Morris—Kaneland defeated the Redskins 6-2. Julia Lemp had a hat trick for the Knights, while Gabrielle Faletto supplied a goal and an assist. Ashley Painer and Valencia Baez also had goals, while Mallory Burgin and Rachel Fielding had assists.
May 11 vs. Wauconda—Marley Schultz got the Knights on the board off a Falleto assist, and Kaneland didn’t stop there. Burgin (Amanda Diaz assist), Schultz again on a penalty kick, and Lemp (Schultz assist) helped KHS to a 4-0 win. The team sits at a 10-1-2 record, 6-1-1 in conference play.

Sophomore Softball
May 6 vs. Morris—Morris defeated Kaneland 10-3. Katie Moor went 2-for-3 with a triple, while Aly Jesionowski went 2-for-4, but was tagged with the loss on the mound.
May 7 vs. Geneseo—Geneseo used a five-run first inning and eight-run seventh inning to cruise to a 16-4 win over KHS. Jesinowski was the losing pitcher, but went 2-for-4 at the plate. Moore was 3-for-4, while Katie Kurzrock went 1-for-2. The Knights are 5-9, 2-5 in conference play.

Still rolling

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Photo: Sophomore Holly Collingbourne notched an assist on Kiandra Powell’s go-ahead goal against DeKalb April 30. Photo by Mary Paulson

Knights get top seed in Rochelle Regional
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—The Kaneland High School girls soccer team found itself in unfamiliar territory.

Ten minutes into KHS’ conference match against DeKalb on April 30, the Barbs’ McKenny Wallin—off a feed from teammate Sam Myers-Miller—booted a shot past Kaneland goalie Emily Chapman, giving DeKalb a 1-0 lead. It was only the third time this season, and the first in three weeks, the Knights had been behind.

“You want adversity, but when it comes, you don’t want it,” Kaneland head coach Scott Parillo joked afterwards.

“It was kind of a shock to be down so early,” Kaneland junior Kiandra Powell said.

“I definitely wasn’t expecting it,” senior teammate Courtney Diddell said, adding the whole team got off to an uncharacteristically slow start.

Instead of inciting DeKalb’s aggressive offense, which had just missed scoring on several other occasions, it reversed the tone of the match—the Lady Barbs went on cruise control and Kaneland took the offensive.

“It got our butts in gear,” Powell said.

“It was really disappointing,” sophomore Holly Collingbourne said of their slow start. “It put more pressure on us, but we really stepped it up, and I think that caught them off guard. We didn’t give up.”

“I think they thought they had the game,” Diddell said. “But I knew we’d pull through.”

Picking it up offensively, Kaneland managed to tie the score at the 12:45 mark when Diddell slipped through a thicket of DeKalb defenders on a 30-yard run, pushing a shot past DeKalb goal Lauren Haglestein. Although she normally angles toward the corner on such a setup, Diddell explained she saw an opening and decided to take advantage of it, charging toward the DeKalb goal instead.

A few minutes into the second half, Powell gave the Knights the lead for good when she scored among a pack of players in front of the DeKalb goal.

“It hit off my leg and I put it in the corner,” she said. “It was redemption for last year.”

Although that officially concluded the scoring, both sides had numerous chances to put the ball in the net. DeKalb’s best chance came with just two minutes to play in the game when Natalie Vaughn-Lowe got off a shot that sailed over Chapman’s head, only to hit the cross bar behind her and bound away, out of Dekalb’s reach.

A few minutes earlier, Vaughn-Lowe was on another run when Kaneland senior Heather Ortiz—playing another outstanding game—took the ball away from her before she could get a shot off, only a few feet from Chapman.

“It was an amazing effort to come back,” Parillo said afterward. “We’re not used to that, but it was a lot of fun.”:
“We just had to keep at it,” Powell added.

“This happens for a reason,” Diddell said, adding that the entire Kaneland team put in the needed effort to pull out the win.

The win gave the Knights a season record of 13-2 while making them 4-1 in the conference. It was their eighth in a row after their 1-0 loss to Sycamore four weeks ago. Besides being their second win in a row against DeKalb—they topped the Lady Barbs 1-0 earlier this season—it gave Kaneland a tough match, something Parillo has been wanting as the teams prepare for the playoffs later this month. Kaneland has the top seed in the Rochelle Regional, while DeKalb (10-6) is seeded third in the Sycamore Regional.

“I don’t know how they play against anyone else, but they always play us physical,” Collingbourne said of DeKalb, noting that this was probably their biggest win of the season so far. “It was intense the whole game.”

The Knights lost to Sycamore Tuesday 5-0, dropping their record to 13-3-0, 4-2-0 in the Northern Illinois Big XII. The team is scheduled to host Morris on Thursday before traveling to Yorkville on Thursday, May 14.

Photos by Mary Paulson

IHSA pairings announced
As expected, the Kaneland girls soccer team has the top seed in the Rochelle Regional, which will be played later this month.

The Knights, entering this week with a 13-2 record, will play No. 4 seed IMSA at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19. With the second seed, Rosary will then take on Rochelle, seeded third, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20.

The winners of those two matches will meet for the Rochelle Regional Championship at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

The Rochelle Regional Champs will then advance to the Rockford Boylan Catholic Sectional to take on the winner of the LaSalle Peru Regional at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. The winners of the Sycamore and Freeport regionals will clash at 5 p.m. that same day.

The winners of those two sectional matches will then meet for the Sectional title at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

The winner there advances to the DeKalb Super-sectional on Tuesday, June 2..

This year’s State championships will be played in Naperville on Saturday, June 6.

According to Kaneland head coach Scott Parillo anything can happen in the playoffs, especially in a sport like soccer in which an unexpected bounce of the ball can affect a game, as well as an entire season. A year ago, the Knights were upset by Rosary—a team they had beaten twice in the regular season—on penalty kicks in the Regional championship.

“Anything can happen,” Parillo said.

Kaneland has already beaten Rosary and IMSA earlier this season. A second match with Rosary had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Two of Kaneland’s conference opponents, Sycamore and DeKalb, will both compete in the Sycamore Regional, along with Burlington Central and Hampshire.

May 7 sports recap

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Freshman Softball
April 29 vs. Sycamore—The Knights lost 8-6. Jessica Shell pitched seven innings, giving up five runs (two earned) and striking out four.
May 1 vs. DeKalb—DeKalb beat the Knights 20-1 behind a 12-run fifth inning.
May 2 vs. Rockford East—The Knights beat RE 15-4.
May 2 vs. Grant—Grant beat the Knights 11-1.
May 2 vs. Antioch—The Knights finished the weekend with a 18-2 loss to Antioch.

Sophomore Softball
April 30 vs. DeKalb—Aly Jesionowski struck out 11, walked two and gave up only two hits in Kaneland’s 6-0 win over DeKalb. Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Alexis Abruzzo went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Jesionowski went 2-for-4, including a two-run shot. Katie Moore supplied a double for the Knights.

Freshman Baseball
April 27 vs. Yorkville—The Knights fell 3-1 to the Foxes. Zachary Farris went 3-for-3 with an RBI.
April 30 vs. Yorkville—KHS bounced back with a big 13-2 win over YHS. Jack Douglas got the win for the Knights, and also went 3-for-3 with a run and four RBIs.

Sophomore Baseball
April 30 vs. Yorkville—The Knights crushed the Foxes 16-2. Jack Marshall pitched five innings of two-run ball for the win, while going 2-for-3 at the plate. Josh Norman went 2-for-3 with five RBIs and John Weigand went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases.
May 2 vs. Prairie Ridge—Kaneland won 19-10. Weigand went 4-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs and two stolen bases.
May 4 vs. Sycamore—Clark Hendricks pictched a complete game as the Knights defeated the Spartans 4-3. Weigand went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and an RBI, while Luke Calabrese went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run and two RBIs.

Sophomore Soccer
May 5 vs. Sycamore—The Spartans defeated the Knights 2-1. Rachel Fielding scored for the Knights off a Marley Schultz assist.

Overnight tournament provides tests, chance for bonding

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by Doug Oleson
MONROE, WISC.—Head coach Scott Parillo was hoping to find a way for the Kaneland High School girls soccer team to get a chance to bond. What better way than an overnight, mid-season tournament?

After failing to find a place in tournaments in St. Louis, central Illinois and Michigan, Parillo discovered the Monroe Quad, which was held last Saturday in Wisconsin.

As it turned out, it was a good outing for everyone. Besides bonding, the Knights won both their games, against Reedsburg and the host school, by identical 1-0 scores to claim the tournament title.

“They’ve held the tournament for years, but it was the first time for us,” Parillo said.

Senior Taylor Opperman scored Kaneland’s only goal in the first game, while junior Kiandra Powell recorded the only tally in the second.

“We peppered them with shots,” Parillo said. “We probably had 30-35 shots in the first game and another 20 in the second. But their goalies were very good. We were fortunate to get one in.”

Playing only 30-minute halves, which he said went by quickly, Parillo noted both sides were anxious about scoring as quickly as they could.

On the other side of the field, the Knights limited both of their opponents to just one shot on goal. In the Reedsburg game, that shot came with just four seconds left in the game.

“Our defense was great,” Parillo said, adding that ball control also played a big part. “It’s hard to get a shot when we control the ball.”

The wins—their fifth in as many days last week—improve Kaneland’s season record to 12-2. The team now has 12 shutouts, including seven in a row. Entering its match in DeKalb on Thursday, the Knights have outscored their opponents 60-6. If you take away their 5-1 loss to West Aurora, in which 10 players were missing because of spring break, it’s even more impressive.

“I don’t even count that as a varsity game, because half our team was gone,” Parillo said. “We are really playing very good defense.”


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Laura Gampfer KHS Girls Soccer v. Sterling 4-23-15-5

Photo: Senior Taylor Opperman (white jersey), in action April 23 against Sterling, scored Kaneland’s only goal against Reedsburg Saturday, which ended up being the game-winner. Photos by Laura Gampfer

Knights have outscored opponents 60-6 on season
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—It took Kaneland just 15 seconds to take its first shot in its high school girls soccer match against Sterling last Thursday. Less than a minute later, Holly Collingbourne put the Knights on the board.

“Madison (Jurcenko) got a shot and the goalie fumbled it and I got the rebound,” explained Collingbourne, a senior midfielder.

Taking advantage of Sterling’s inability to get the ball out of its own box, Kaneland rolled to an easy 8-0 victory. The final goal—a 20-yard kick by sophomore Kaylee Bilotta—came halfway through the first half, which Kaneland totally dominated.

“It was one of those games (where) we put everything on the frame,” head coach Scott Parillo said.

“We were really on today,” Jurcenko said. “We put the shots on the frame, and we finished.”

After assisting on Kaneland’s first two goals, Jurcenko finally scored herself, 10 minutes into the game, off of a teammate’s free kick. Like many of the Knights’ scores, the ball bounced off a number of Sterling defenders, almost like a real-life pinball machine, rolling right to where she was perfectly positioned in front of an open portion of the goal.

Undoubtedly, Kaneland’s most dramatic goal came a few minutes later. Charging down the left sideline, sophomore forward Paige Guyton swept around a Sterling defender, who suddenly stopped challenging her. Free to attack the goal, her perfectly timed cross pass found senior Courtney Diddell in front of the net for an easy goal.

“Our passing game was really on,” Jurcenko said.

The goal was one of three Diddell tallied. Other Kaneland goals were scored by Collingbourne, who had two, and Guyton.

The Kaneland attack was so overwhelming Sterling didn’t even cross midfield until the 2:24 mark of the first half.

The win was Kaneland’s third in as many days last week, the first two coming against Morris (5-0) and Ottawa (7-0). It was the teams’ fifth win in a row, dating back to its 1-0 loss to Sycamore earlier this month. It was also its 10th shutout this season. In fact, every one of Kaneland’s wins this season have been by shutout.

Since it was a conference crossover game, Parillo said the win against Sterling doesn’t count on its conference record of 3-1. It was 10-2 overall.

Even more impressive is that the Sterling game was the second in a row in which an opponent didn’t even get a shot on the Kaneland goal.

“It’s nice when I don’t have a shot,” Kaneland goalie Emily Chapman said. “But it can get kind of boring.”

Which leads to the obvious question: how do you stay focused when you know how a game is going to turn out and there’s still plenty of time to keep playing?

“I make sure I talk to the players and keep them focused,” Chapman said.

Saying you don’t want to score 100 goals, Collingbourne added that she likes to focus on areas of the game she feels she needs to work on, like passing, rather than scoring.

One of the advantages of winning by such a big margin is that a coach can get other players into the game who may not otherwise get a chance to play. With 10 minutes to play against Sterling, for instance, Parillo brought in nine new subsitutes, giving his starters a chance to rest, which must have come in handy with such a busy schedule.

“We put our kids in different positions,” Parillo said.

On the other hand, there is a downside to it, espcially with the playoffs coming up next month. Kaneland is scheduled to participate in the Rochelle Regional.

“We need to be tested,” he said. “We have to find out how good we are going into the playoffs.”

The Knights will definitely get tested this week when they travel to DeKalb for a match on Thursday. The sophomore game starts at 4:30 p.m., with the varsity scheduled to take the field at 6 p.m. The week after that, they will take on the Spartans in Sycamore.

Kaneland shared the conference crown with Sycamore last year.

Regardless of what may eventually happen, Collingbourne said everything is going good right now.

“I’m proud of what we’re doing,” she said.

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Knights prevail against Morris
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—It wasn’t a good sign.

Normally when the KHS girls soccer team has an away match, it’s pretty quiet on the team bus heading to the game. That wasn’t the case last week.

“That day we weren’t,” head coach Scott Parillo said, adding that his team didn’t seem to be as focused as normal.

As it turned out, it didn’t matter.

Unlike this week, when they play four times in five days, the Knights only had one game scheduled for last week, a tough conference match in Morris, who entered the match undefeated. Regardless, the Kaneland players did what they had to do to record a 1-0 win, which just may prove to be one of their biggest victories of the spring so far.
“We peppered their goalie with shots and were fortunate to get one in,” Parillo said. “As a team, it was one of our better performances.”

The only score came at the 18:26 mark of the second half when Kaneland sophomore midfielder Lauren Ortiz managed to get one past the Morris goalkeeper. It was only the third goal Morris had given up to that point, as Morris had outscored its first five opponents an impressive 32-2.

It was also Morris’ first loss this spring, as the Knights improved their record to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

Despite the win, Parillo said his team seemed a little sluggish at times.

“We didn’t seem as focused, and it showed,” he said. “We talked about it after the game and everyone was pretty much in agreement that we weren’t focused.”

The Knights will have a lot to keep focused on this week. After hosting Yorkville on Tuesday and traveling to Ottawa on Wednesday, the girls will host Sterling on Thursday. They’ll close out the week by competing in Monroe, Wis., on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Honey Creek Park.

The Kaneland squad is then off until Thursday, April 30, when it travels to Dekalb. The contest will start at 6 p.m. The Knights beat DeKalb 1-0 on April 7.

April 23 sports recap

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Sophomore Baseball
April 14 vs. Morris—Kaneland used a five-run second inning to help them jump out to a 7-0 lead before Morris scored five of its own in the top of the sixth, and one more in the seventh. But Kaneland scored two more in the bottom of the sixth to win 9-6. Josh Pollastrini earned the win, while Stephen Bicos got the save. Joey Brandonisio went 2-for-2 with four runs, a stolen base, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Luke Calabrese was 2-for-4 with two runs ,a double and an RBI, while Josh Norman was 1-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and a double.
April 16 vs. Morris—Mike Krause earned the win at Kaneland’s 14-7 visit to Morris. Norman went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple for the Knights, who scored five runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Girls Soph. Soccer
April 14 vs. Morris—The Knights got on the board with a Morris own goal, and Faith Cowsert (Gabrielle Faletto assist) made it a 2-0 shut out. The Knights are 5-0-1, 3-0 in conference play.

Freshman Softball
April 15 vs. Sycamore—Kaneland earned an 8-7 win, coming back from a 6-0 deficit. Jocelyn Garcia hit a three-run double in the fifth. The Knights are now 1-4, 1-1 in conference play.

Sophomore Softball
April 16 vs. Sycamore—The Spartans handed the Knights a 6-4 loss. Aly Jesionowski pitched six innings, striking out seven and giving up six runs. Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-3 with a double.

Freshman Baseball
April 16 vs. Morris—The Knights dismantled Morris 17-2. Jack Douglas went 3-for-5 with three runs, a double and two RBIs. Bryce Burton was 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a run. Matthew Olson went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and an RBI, while Reece Sowell went 2-for-2 with two runs.

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3-1 week sees Sycamore hand KHS second loss of season
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—One goal—and a freaky one at that—is all that prevented the Kaneland High School girls soccer team from a perfect record last week. In what may have been their toughest week of the season, the girls played four important foes in just five days.

“We knew it was going to be tough,” Knights head coach Scott Parillo said.

After ending up on opposite ends of 1-0 scores against conference opponents DeKalb and Sycamore, the Lady Knights ended the week with an impressive 3-0 win over Rosary on Saturday, the team which upset them in last year’s regionals. An earlier season match was postponed because of bad weather.

“We played three real good teams this week,” senior Gabby Cano said.

Following a scoreless first half, Kaneland scored there times in the second half, including a pair of goals by senior Kiandra Powell—the first on an assist from heather Ortiz; the second on a feed from Madison Jurcenko.

Kaneland also blanked East Aurora 7-0 on April 8.

The Lady Knights opened the week, and conference play, with a 1-0 win over arch rival DeKalb on Tuesday, April 7. The lone goal was scored when Kaneland senior midfielder Madison Jurcenko outraced the DeKalb keeper to a loose ball, tapping it into the net.

Although the Lady Barbs put on a wild flurry of shots to close out the game, Kaneland keeper Emily Chapman kept them at bay, recording the first of three shutouts for the week.

It was a different story against Sycamore three days later. Under a heavy grey cloud that threatened to erupt at any moment, Kaneland battled the Lady Spartans, their co-conference champions of a year ago, along with an unrelenting wind with gusts up to 40 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service.

In this case, the only goal came at the 16:02 mark of the second period when a Sycamore shot bounced off a Kaneland defender to Jenna Lewey, who kicked it past Chapman.

“It was just a freakish goal,” Sycamore head coach Dave Lichamer said afterward.

The Lady Spartans nearly scored again two minutes later, when Chapman finally ended a flurry of shots with an outstanding diving save. Playing another outstanding game, Chapman made a number of diving stops throughout the contest to keep the score within one.

Kaneland’s best two chances of scoring came in the second half. WIth 8:31 to play, the Sycamore keeper came out of the goal to grab a sinking line drive shot that, if it had landed, could have bounded over her. The other chance came with just 26 seconds to play, when she made a diving stop on a shot by Kaneland’s Courtney Biddell to end a final Kaneland attack.

“They were able to finish their shots and we weren’t,” Parillo said after the game. “The ball bounced their way and that’s how it goes.”

Although Cano said the competition was more difficult than the weather, several players admitted the windy conditions were almost as tough against Sycamore.

“It was horrible,” she said. “It changed our game plan.”

“The balls seemed to be making more spins and it fell weird,” junior forward Abby Taylor added. “You have to make adjustments.”

She noted that it definitely made it more difficult than if they were playing an easier team.

“It was really hard running into the wind,” senior defender Taylor Opperman said, adding that the velocity of the wind had a big affect on throw-ins.

It affected goalie kicks, as well.

After playing their only scheduled match this week on Tuesday in Morris (with results unavailable as of press time), the Lady Knights will embark on another challenging sequence next week. It will begin on Tuesday when the girls host Yorkville. After traveling to Ottawa on Wednesday, the team will return home on Thursday to host Sterling before closing out the week in Monroe, Wisc., on Saturday.

April 16 sports recap

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Sophomore Softball
April 7 vs. Yorkville—The Lady Foxes defeated the Knights 6-3. Aly Jesionowski stuck out nine, but gave up five earned runs and five walks. Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-4, while Jesinowski went 1-for-4 with a double.
April 10 vs. LaSalle-Peru—L-P crushed the Knights 13-2. Jesinowski gave up eight earned runs in the loss, stricking out two. Katie Moore hit a home run for the Knights, while Kurzrock went 2-for-3.
April 11 vs. Rosary—Kelly Shell went five innings, stiking out five while surrendering four walks and four runs (two earned), and Jesinowski got five strikeouts in relief as the Knights dispatched the Royals 9-4. Kurzrock and Jesionowski each went 2-for-4 with a double, while Alexis Abruzzo went 2-for-5, and Moore had a double. The Knights are 4-3 overall, 1-1 in conference play.

Freshman Softball
April 8 vs. LaSalle-Peru—The Knights fell to 0-3 after a 14-0 loss to LaSalle-Peru. Jessica Shell stuck out three in the effort.
April 11 vs. Rosary—Four errors cost the Knights in their 13-9 loss to Rosary. Maddi Baker went five innings, striking out two and giving up 12 runs (six earned). Shell pitched one innning in relief, giving up one earned run and a walk. The loss dropped the team to 0-4, 0-1 in the conference.

Girls Sophomore Soccer
April 10 vs. Sycamore—Mallory Burgin’s goal (unassisted) was all it took for the Knights to defeat the Spartans 1-0.
April 11 vs. Geneva—It was the first game Kaneland won in 2015, earning a 1-1 tie with the Vikings. Burgin (unassisted) again supplied the team’s only goal. The team is 4-0-1, 2-0 in the conference play.

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Knights lose first game during spring break, bounce back with full-strength win
KANELAND—Playing without 10 varsity players, a shorthanded Kaneland girls soccer team lost to West Aurora 5-1 on April 2, during spring break. It was Kaneland’s first loss of the season after easily winning its first three matches.

The Lady Knights were outscored 3-1 in the first half and 2-0 in the second.

The lone Knights goal was scored by sophomore Paige Guyton off junior Nicole Koczka’s assist.

Back at full strength, the Knights on Tuesday handled DeKalb 1-0 behind an unassisted goal by captain Madi Jurcenko. It was the team’s first conference victory of 2015.

The results from Wednesday’s game against East Aurora (at West Aurora High School) were unavailable as of press time. KHS will host conference foe Sycamore on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

April 9 sports recap

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Sophomore Softball
April 1 vs. St. Charles East—The Knights mounted a great comeback in their 8-7 win over St. Charles East. The Saints took a commanding 5-0 lead after four innings, but a four-run fifth got KHS within one run. After trading runs in the sixth, the Knights tied the game in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
St. Charles scored in the top of the eighth, but a two-run bottom frame for the Knights was the difference.
Hanna Theobald went 2-for-5 with a double, while Katie Kurzrock also went 2-for-5. Aly Jesinowski pitched all eight innings, giving up five earned runs while walking three and striking out eight. Jesinowski also went 3-for-5 from the plate with a double and two runs. The Knights are now 2-1 on the young season.

WCC Baseball
April 3 vs. Benedictine (JV)—The Chiefs won both games of a double-header against the visiting Eagles. In game one, Kaneland grad Blake Sowell went 6.2 innings, giving up six runs and earning an 8-6 win. In game two, the Chiefs won 6-3, thanks to a four-run sixth inning.

Sophomore Soccer
April 7 vs. DeKalb—The Knights improved to 3-0, 1-0 in the Northern Illinois Big XII, with a 2-0 win over DeKalb. Julia Lamp (Faith Cowsert assist) and Ashley Painer (Mallory Burgin assist) notched the KHS goals.

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Idle soccer focuses on next challenges
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—It was late in the second half of the girls soccer match in Belvidere on Saturday, March 21, when a pigeon flew onto the light structure high above the Kaneland bench.

For several minutes, a half-dozen Kaneland players, sitting near the end of the bench, couldn’t take their eyes off the bird. They seemed more interested in what the bird was going to do rather than what was happening on the field, which they were dominating.

By then, the Lady Knights had played well enough that they were on the verge of a 5-0 win, their third in as many contests to kick off the current season. They’ve been so good, in fact, they have outscored their opponents 24-0, a figure head coach Scott Parillo feels may be a little misleading.

“You never know how good you are when you score eight goals in 19 minutes,” the veteran coach said, admitting that their first three opponents weren’t as difficult as future ones will be. “We know the games are going to be progressively harder.”

“The first few games were supposed to get everyone used to playing together as a team,” senior midfielder Courtney Diddell said.

The question of just how good this year’s club is could be answered next week. After hosting DeKalb on Tuesday, the girls will travel to West Aurora on Thursday before hosting Sycamore on Friday. Both DeKalb and Sycamore are expected to contend with the Lady Knights for the conference crown this season. Kaneland shared the title with the Lady Spartans last year.

Kaneland will close out the week by competing in the West Aurora Tournament in Rosary on Saturday, April 11.

“It’s not ideal,” Parillo admitted about having to come back after such a long layoff and face such tough competition all in one week. “It’s a busy week with four games, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Although any break is nice, this one comes at what could be an inopportune time. After playing three times their first week of the season, the Lady Knights only match last week—against Rosary, who upset them in the Regional title last year—had to be rescheduled due to the weather. The Knights have a game scheduled Thursday against East Aurora as part of the West Aurora Tournament—their first since their game against Belvidere 12 days ago.

At least one player feels the long layoff may be a little bit of a detriment.

“It has the potential to harm us,” junior midfielder Gabby Cano said. “We have the momentum going right now. We just have to keep pushing.”

What also makes the break a little more challenging, Parillo said, is that a lot of his team will be away on vacation so they won’t be able to practice together.

“We’ll just work on fundamentals,” he said of those who will be there.

“We have to stay sharp during the break,” said Cano, who is confident they can beat both DeKalb and Sycamore. “It’ll be a good game, but we can match up with them.”

For sophomore forward Paige Guyton, she plans to spend this week simply working out and staying in shape. If anything, she feels their good start will motivate the team to do even better, regardless of who they play.

“After three wins, it’ll push us harder to get another W,” she said.

April 2 sports recap

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Girls Soph. Soccer
March 18 vs. IMSA—The Knights defeated the Titans 8-0. Gabriela Falleto had three goals and Rachel Fielding had two. Mallory Burgin, Willow Dunne and Marry Collum each had a goal. Burgin had two assists, while Marley Schultz, Dunne and Kristen Siebert each picked up one assist.

March 21 vs. Burlington Central—The Knights improved to 2-0 on the season with a 4-0 win over the Rockets. Fielding and Ashley Painer each scored unassisted goals, while Julia Lemp scored on a Tiffany Thompson assist. Faith Cowsert scored on a penalty kick.

JV Softball
March 30 vs. Batavia—The Lady Bulldogs beat the Knights 6-5 Monday. Shannon Herra went the distance on the mound, giving up six runs (four earned) on six hits, striking out 11 and walking four batters.

JV Baseball
March 30 @ St. Xavier (Ky.)—A four-run first inning by St. Xavier doomed the Knights, as they lost 8-4.

Freshman Softball
March 31 vs. Oswego—The Panthers won 19-0 in five innings. Jessica Storck was tagged with the loss. Hannah Theobald went 1-for-2 with a double, and Alexis Abruzzo also went 1-for-2.

Sophomore Softball
March 31 vs. Oswego—The Knights lost 12-4. Oswego out-hit KHS 13-9, but Kaneland also had three errors while Oswego had none. Aly Jesinowski pitched a complete game in the loss, striking out five but surrendering 10 earned runs and three walks. Jesinowski also went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Katie Kurzrock went 2-for-4. The sophomore team is 1-1 on the season.

Pitch perfect

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Laura Gampfer KHS Girls Soccer v. IMSA 3-19-15-4

Soccer starts 3-0; outscore opponents 24-0
by Doug Oleson
KANELAND—Before every game, Scott Parillo encourages his team to jump out to an early lead if at all possible.

“You love to have a couple of quick goals,” said the head coach of the girls soccer team.

It’s a philosophy his players have bought into.

“It gives us a lot of confidence,” sophomore forward Paige Guyton said. “It makes us want to play even harder.”

“It makes my job easier,” added Gabby Cano, a junior midfielder. “We can start focusing on defense.”

Still, no one quite expected this.

Scoring within the first four minutes of each game so far, the Lady Knights have outscored their first three opponents by a combined score of 24-0. After topping Hinckley-Big Rock 9-0 in its season opener last week, Kaneland overwhelmed IMSA 10-0 before topping Belvidere 5-0 last Saturday morning.

In fact, the new season was barely three minutes old when senior Madison Jurcenko found the net for the team’s first goal of 2015. A minute later, she fed senior teammate Courtney Diddell with the Knights’ second score. Diddell was one of three players to score a pair of goals.The others were freshmen Abby Taylor and Lindsay Penkala, a nice way to start their varsity careers.

“It puts everyone’s spirits up,” Diddell said about scoring so early in a match. “The first few seconds everyone is so nervous.”

The Knights didn’t have much time to notice anything against IMSA as they got on the scoreboard within the first 47 seconds. Diddel, playing another outstanding game, led the Kaneland onslaught with three goals, two of them coming in the first half.

“When you score seven goals in 19 minutes, that’s a pretty good start,” Parillo said.

It was a little tougher start against Belvidere, as the Knights had to wait almost three minutes before notching their first score. Driving down the left sideline, sophomore midfielder Holly Collingbourne swung around Belvidere defender Jasmine Morena to get off a pass to Diddell. Emerging from traffic in front of the goal, Diddell tapped the pass into the corner of the net past Belvidere keeper Tanna Cross.

“Holly crossed it and I finished it,” Diddell explained.

It was 2-0 five minutes later when Guyton beat Cross one-on-one before Collinborne scored on a long kick at the 14-minute mark. A pair of second half goals, including Guyton teaming up with Diddell for one score and another by senior midfielder Heather Ortiz, closed out Kaneland’s scoring.

Belvidere’s best two chances of scoring came in the opening and closing minutes of the second half.

Belvidere’s Vanessa Rivera was running down a free kick from 20 yards out when Kaneland’s senior defender Emily Grams outran her to the loose ball, kicking it away from the Kaneland goal. The other came when Kaneland keeper Emily Chapman grabbed a chest high, line drive shot from Vanessa Martinez from point blank range.

“It was good to see her preserve the shutout,” Parillo said.

The game ended on a bit of an ugly note when Belvidere senior Briana Perez—celebrating her 17th birthday—received her second yellow card of the match, resulting in a red card and immediate ejection. The first was for pushing the back, the second for a hard foul.

After playing at Rosary on Wednesday, the team which eliminated them from last year’s regional (results not available before press), the Knights are off until they host DeKalb on Tuesday, April 7.

Top photo: Sophomore Holly Collingbourne (above) had an assist against IMSA on march 19. The Knights won 10-0. Photos by Laura Gampfer

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