Prep roundup: Batavia boys soccer ties with South Elgin
BATAVIA – The Batavia boys soccer team settled for a 1-1 tie with South Elgin on Tuesday in an Upstate EIght Conference crossover match.
Junior David Curnock capitalized on a misplayed ball by South Elgin’s goalkeeper to score Batavia’s lone goal. Bulldogs coach Mark Gianfrancesco thought the Bulldogs squandered several other strong scoring chances.
“We basically dominated the second half,” Gianfrancesco said. “We had plenty of opportunities in front of the net. We should have scored five goals easily in the second half, we just couldn’t get it in the back of the net, and that’s been the summary of our season.”
The tie marked the regular season finale for Batavia (3-12-3), which turns its attention to Saturday’s Class 3A Naperville Central Regional play-in game against rival Geneva. The Vikings beat the Bulldogs, 4-1, during the regular season.
“It’s zero-zero, start of a new season,” Gianfrancesco said of his message to his team leading to Saturday’s match in Geneva. “Playing Geneva, we didn’t play very well the first time against them. Got to come out and play. You get the chance for redemption, I guess. Not every team gets it. You get your chance right now.”
Geneva 3, Bartlett 0: At Geneva, Beck Nebergall, Grant Bracken and Matt Butz scored for Geneva in the UEC crossover. Butz also had an assist and goalkeeper Joe Mozden notched the shutout.
Kaneland 2, Yorkville 1: At Maple Park, Anthony Parillo had a goal and an assist and Kushstrim Ismaili also scored for Kaneland (12-3-2, 6-2-1 Northern Illinois Big 12 East), which overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit on senior night.
Burlington Central 4, Richmond-Burton 1: At Burlington, Ian Graffagna scored two goals and had an assist and Bryce Warner and Josh Lung also scored for Central (16-3-2, 10-1-1 Big Northern Conference East).
Geneva 2, Larkin 0 (25-21, 25-22): At Geneva, Hannah Lanasa had 10 kills and Hannah Buck added seven kills for Geneva (18-9, 5-0 UEC River), which kept pace with St. Charles East atop the conference standings. Kelly Dalheim had 26 digs and Courtney Caruso supplied 11 assists for the Vikings.
Burlington Central 2, Harvard 0 (25-12, 25-10): At Burlington, Karrington Bell had five service aces and five digs and Lexie Bouza added four service aces for Central (20-7, 10-1 BNC East).