For much of Kaneland’s contest with Morris on Tuesday night, it appeared that neither side would erase its zero on the scoreboard.
The Knights finally broke the scoreless tie 22 minutes into the second half on an Ivan Bohorquez shot from in front of the net.
Kaneland’s defense made the lone goal stand up as it shut out the Redskins, 1-0, in a Northern Illinois Big 12 East 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) offense sustained a serious blow in the first half. Anthony Parillo, one of the team’s leading scorers, left the game halfway through after injuring his left wrist.
“I thought our defense was awesome today,” Scott Parillo said. “They stepped up big time after we had a player [Parillo] go down who has scored 50 percent of our goals.”
In the opening half, the teams traded possessions but neither one could finish its scoring opportunities.
In the second half, most the action was on Morris’ (8-7-1, 2-4-0) defensive end.
“We really dominated in the second half and we kind of wore them down,” Scott Parillo said.
Kushstrim Ismaili, Jason Biddle and Alec Koczka all had open looks at the net, but Morris goalkeeper Brian Vasquez made a number of saves.
“He did a nice job for them.” Scott Parillo said. “He kept them in the game.”
Bohorquez finally kicked one past Vasquez with 22 minutes remaining in the game.
“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. “I just tried to get contact with the ball and it made it in.”
The Knights travel to Rochelle on Thursday for their next match.