MAPLE PARK – For much of the Kaneland boys soccer team’s contest with Morris on Tuesday, it appeared that neither side would erase its zero on the scoreboard.
The Knights finally broke the scoreless deadlock midway through the second half on an Ivan Bohorquez goal in front of the net.
Kaneland’s defense made the goal stand as it shut out the Redskins, 1-0, in the Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference East Division match.
“I wish we would have scored more,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said. “But all it takes is one. As long as you score one more than the other team, it’s a win.”
The Knights (9-3-1, 4-2-1 NI Big 12 East) absorbed a serious blow in the first half. Anthony Parillo, the team’s leading scorer and the coach’s son, left the game halfway through the period after injuring his left wrist.
“I thought our defense was awesome today,” said the Knights coach. “They stepped up big-time after we had a player [Parillo] go down who has scored 50 percent of our goals.”
In the first half, the teams traded possessions but neither could finish their scoring chances.
In the second half, most the action was on Morris’ side of the field.
“We really dominated in the second half and we kind of wore them down,” Parillo said.
The Knights were still unable to get past Brian Vasquez, the sure-handed goalkeeper for the Redskins (8-7-1, 2-4).
Kushstrim Ismaili, Jason Biddle and Alec Koczka all had quality looks at the net, but Vasquez stopped the shots.
“He did a nice job for them,” Parillo said about the Morris goalkeeper. “He kept them in the game.”
Bohorquez finally booted one past Vasquez at the 22:01 mark of the second half.
“I was running up to get the ball and Tyler[Siebert] was dribbling the ball to the corner. I asked for the ball and he passed it to me,” Bohorquez said about his goal. “I just tried to get contact with the ball and it made it in.”
Morris coach David Valdivia was brief in his summary of the game. “They scored a goal and we didn’t,” he said.
Valdivia also thought a new strategy contributed to his team’s loss.
“We tried a different scheme to control the middle more,” he said. “I’m still debating whether I like it or not.”
The Knights travel to Rochelle on Thursday for their next match.