MAPLE PARK – The Sycamore boys soccer team lost to Kaneland, 2-1, on the road Thursday in its final Northern Illinois Big 12 East contest of the season.
But the Spartans might be focused on Wednesday’s rematch with the Knights in the semifinals of the Class 2A Sycamore Regional.
“Maybe both sides weren’t necessarily going after every tackle as hard as they could, going after every 50/50 as hard as they could,” Sycamore coach Dave Lichamer said. “So I think Wednesday you’ll see perhaps the best that each team has to offer.”
Kaneland’s Ignacio Iscano scored the winner with about 23 minutes left in the second half.
“I made my run to the corner looking to cross it at first, but the ball wasn’t there yet,” Toscano said. “So I came back up on top of the box, and I asked Anthony (Parillo), who was in possession of the ball, I asked him for the ball, and I took two steps into the middle, and I just let it rip. I put it upper-90 and got the winning goal.”
The Knights (9-5-4, 6-2-2 NI Big 12 East) hope the victory, giving them a series sweep over the Spartans (2-18-1, 1-8-1), foreshadows Wednesday’s match in which the Knights and Spartans will clash for a third time.
Kaneland produced several strong scoring chances in the first 20 minutes but only capitalized on one of them, an Arsim Azemi score off Adhurim Azemi’s assist.
The Spartans tied the score with 21:47 to play in the first half on a sharp-angle goal from Jacob Bassett.
“He must have saw something to the near post,” Lichamer said. “I don’t think [Kaneland goalkeeper Jarred Karr] was quite ready for that ball hit at the near post. He went to kind of get a hand out there, and it deflected off his hand into the side netting.”
Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said he went with a more senior-dominated lineup than usual for longer stretches on the Knights’ senior day.
“It was important for the seniors to get their playing time, and it was important for them to get a victory on their last time out here,” Parillo said.
One of those seniors, Tyler Siebert, immediately was substituted out after starting the match. Siebert injured his foot in Tuesday’s win against Yorkville. Parillo said he hopes to have Siebert available for regionals next week.