Yorkville soccer coach Andrew Johnson hasn’t been a part of a season like this during his tenure with the Foxes.
After a wonderful campaign a year ago, he’s dealing with a team that’s in a rut. He’s not happy with how things have gone so far, but he hasn’t lost faith in his team either.
“This is the weirdest season I’ve ever been a part of in 14 years with either the boys or girls here,” he said. “These scores are nothing like we expected, but if you just came to the game randomly and didn’t see a scoreboard you wouldn’t think it’s 5-0 or 7-1 or anything like that. I’m not going to point to a date or a particular opponent, but there are often times where we look better than other teams but don’t have the scores to show it."
Yorkville didn’t do much offensively in a 5-0 loss at Kaneland on Sept. 12.
The Knights seized control of the game early and buried the Foxes (1-7, 0-2) with four first-half goals, including a pair from Tucker Jahns. Jahns added a goal in the second half to record a hat trick.
“We passed the ball well and made some nice switches and when you do that it usually works out,” Jahns said. “I got that second goal on the opposite side by making a nice run, slowing down a bit and then sliding to the group to surprise the keeper and finding it and sending it to the back left corner.”
Brian Bartholomew, who put the Knights ahead 2-0, said he feels the team has caught its groove now.
“This was a nice win for us and especially to beat Yorkville, who is usually pretty good,” he said. “I feel good about how we’re now playing and I think this win will really help us the rest of the season.”
Kaneland (4-3-1, 2-1) added two more goals in the first half to take a 4-0 lead.
“It’s rough to fall behind like that but we need to get better,” Johnson said. “We’re not finishing, we’re making costly mistakes on the defensive line and we’re not putting it all together. We won conference last year, but this is a new season so now we’re starting slow and hoping we can get past these lumps and get ready for the postseason.”
The Foxes received their best chance of breaking the shutout when they were awarded a penalty kick with 7:07 left in the game but were unable to convert.
“We’re still waiting for guys to come around and take on the responsibility of being leaders,” Johnson said. “When you graduate a bunch of strong leadership guys you sometimes wait longer then you want to for them tostep up.”
As for the Knights, guys are stepping up – at least they did on Tuesday.
“We were losing at halftime in our last two games but came back and won and that says a lot about the makeup of this team,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said. “This was nice to be winning and winning throughout the game and not have to come back. The kids didn’t fold, they kept their composure and did what they were supposed to be doing.”
•Yorkville previously lost to Joliet West 2-0 on Sept. 11 and to Plainfield South 7-1 on Sept. 6.