MAPLE PARK – Kaneland girls soccer coach Scott Parillo devoted about 75 percent of Wednesday’s practice to corner kicks and free kicks.
On Thursday, the fruits of the Knights’ labor generated a 2-0 win against Sycamore, as Delaney Stryczek and Holly Collingbourne both converted Madi Jurcenko corners within a five-minute span in the second half.
“She’s been magical all year with those corner kicks. That’s like 11 or 12 goals we’ve scored this year on those,” Parillo said. “She puts it in a very difficult spot for the goalie. … She just puts them right where we need them to be every time.”
Kaneland (9-1, 4-0 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) navigated an especially harrowing wind on its usually drafty home pitch. Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Chapman earned her seventh shutout.
“It wasn’t a pretty game because of the wind,” Parillo said, “but we were able to knock in some of our chances and Emily Chapman stopped all of their chances.”
Marmion 11, IC Catholic 1 (5 inn.): At Aurora, Marmion pounced for 10 runs in the bottom of the first. Brady Roberts went 3 for 3 with a triple and double and Edgar Sanchez supplied two doubles for the Cadets (8-4, 8-0 Suburban Christian Conference Blue).
Burlington Central 3, Harvard 1: At Harvard, Danny Gerke earned the victory and Parker Boron got the save for BC in Big Northern Conference East play.
Aurora Christian 9, Walther Christian 1: At Aurora, Dustin Barrett belted a three-run home run to help the Eagles (7-4, 4-4 SCC Gold) top Walther Christian.
St. Francis 11, St. Edward 1 (6 inn.): At Wheaton, Christian Kuzemka and Will Purdom both went 3 for 3 for St. Francis (12-5, 7-1 SCC Blue).
Glenbard North 5, St. Charles North 3: At St. Charles, Glenbard North scored three runs in the top of the first and the North Stars (10-6) trailed throughout despite three hits and an RBI from Erin Nemetz and two from Alex Millett.
Burlington Central 14, Rockford Christian 0 (5 inn.): At Rockford, Brooke Gaylord and Courtni Neubauer recorded 14 of their 15 outs via strikeout in a combined perfect game. Central (10-6, 5-1 BNC East) erupted for 11 first-inning runs. Bekah Harnish went 2 for 2 with a home run and four RBIs.
Marian Central 9, Rosary 7: At Aurora, Sam Phelps went 3 for 4 for Rosary (4-11, 3-4 SCC Blue) but Marian scored nine runs in the first two innings and hung on to win.
Wheaton Academy 19, East Aurora 2 (5 inn.): At Aurora, Hannah Bolds went 3 for 3 with two doubles and four RBIs as the Warriors (7-4) rolled in nonconference play.
Marmion 5, Marian Central 0: At Aurora, John King and John Graft cruised to singles victories to boost Marmion (6-0, 4-0 SCC).
St. Charles East 2, Bartlett 0 (25-21, 25-22): At St. Charles, Luke Spicer made 13 kills to lead East (12-10) to the UEC crossover win.
Geneva 13, St. Charles East 2: At Geneva, Melanie Burkhardt and Cara Birschbach were among Geneva’s double winners.
Pruthvi Patel and Krupa Patel scored singles victories for East.