For the first time in Kaneland's history soccer will be a Knights sport in 1998. The Boys will play in the fall season while the girls will play in the spring.
|1998 Kaneland Soccer|
|Tuesday||9/1/98||St. Francis||4:30 PM||H|
|Tuesday||9/8/98||Elmwood Park||4:45 PM||A|
|Monday||9/14/98||Hinckley Big Rock||5:00 PM||A|
|Thursday||9/17/98||Wheaton Academy Tourn||A|
|Friday||9/18/98||Wheaton Academy Tourn||A|
|Saturday||9/19/98||Wheaton Academy Tourn||A|
|Saturday||9/26/98||Burlington Central||10:00 AM||H|
|Wednesday||10/14/98||Niles West||6:00 PM||A|
|Friday||10/23/98||IHSA Sectional Begins|
|Tuesday||11/3/98||IHSA Super Sectional|
|Friday||11/6/98||IHSA State Finals Begin|
The Kaneland Knights Boys Soccer Team opened their inaugural season on September 1st against a strong St. Francis Academy, which resulted in a loss for the Knights. The many fans who came to show their support for the new sport were not disappointed, as they saw Anthony Cucitro (#12) tally two goals, and John Kailukaitis add one more. A strong showing by the midfield and defense under the guidance of goalies JJ Hill and Matt Baier proved that the Knights new program is headed in the right direction.
On September 3rd the Kaneland team recorded their first win in school history and evened their record with a strong 6-1 win against Marengo. The first half proved to be a very even match-up with the score tied at half time. The Knights broke the game open in the second half, which gave the fans quite a scoring show. Recording goals for the Knights were Seth Pattinson (#22) and Jeff Jordan (#1) with one, and Kyle Kainz (#7) and Colin Baumgartner (#12) with two each.
On Saturday the Knights picked up their second win of the season against Leland. Goals were scored by Seth Pattinson and Kyle Kainz. Goalie JJ Hill and the defense did a super job of keeping the Leland offense to just 1 goal for the game. The Knights improved their record to 2-1 for the season. Their next several games are away, but they will be returning to home action on Tuesday September 15th against conference rival Sycamore.
The Knights suffered defeat at the hands of Elmwood Park by a score of 5-3. The game was close throughout, but two late goals sent Elmwood Park ahead for good. Scoring for the Knights in the losing effort were Seth Pattinson (#22) and Anthony Cucitro(2) (#3).
The Knights improved their record to 3-2 with a win over the Hinckley-Big Rock Royals on a rainy Monday night. The team showed determination and skill to overcome the opponent as well as the weather, coming back from a 2-1 defecit. The Knights got their scoring from Shawn Krammer, Colin Baumgartner, and Nate Hill.
The Knights improved their record to 4-2 with a win over conference rival Sycamore Tuesday night. Goal scorers included Anthony Cucitro, Colin Baumgartner, and Seth Pattinson. The Knights take a two game win streak into their first tournament, which will be played at Wheaton Academy in Wheaton.
The Knights, with players injured, played tough for a loss Thursday night against Glenbard East. The lone goal was scored by Kyle Kainz.
The Knights added another notch in the win column with a strong showing against Marmion Academy on Friday Night. Goal scorers for the game were Colin Baumgartner, Anthony Cucitro, Nate Hill and Seth Pattinson.
The Knights scoring was blanked in a Saturday against Wheaton Academy. The Knights ended their first tournament ever with a 1-2 record. The team placed 3rd overall.
The Knights boosted their record to 7-4 with two strong wins last week. The team overcame their emotions and won the Malta game which was dedicated to the memory of Jenni Kirwan, and her sister Lindsay. The seniors and sophomores were allowed to play most of the game.
The Knights continued their winning ways on Saturday with a strong win over Burlington Central in front of a large home crowd.
In a game played entirely in the rain the Knights lost on a penalty kick to Serena on Friday night. The Knights put in a good overall effort in the loss.
Anthony Cucitro, Tim Hill, Dan Heyob and Mike Lemmer scored for the Knights while the defense held Montini to just two goals for the win. For the second game in a row the Knights played in the rain and soaked fields.
Jared Reichwein, Seth Pattinson and Mark Needham scored for the Knights as they beat Herscher 3-2. The knights improve their record to 9-5 overall.
The Knights lost a heartbreaker to Morris on Monday night. The team fell just short as time ran out on an exciting Knights rally. With Morris leading 5-1 in the last 7 minutes of the game, the offensive attack of the Knights started rolling. Three quick goals brought the Knights to within one goal. Goal scorers for the game were Nate Hill, Jeff Jordan, Matt Schoonover and Tim Hill
The Knights blanked Niles West to pick up their 10th win of the season on Wednesday night. In a game under the lights that forced team members to miss Homecoming activities, goalie J.J. Hill held off the Niles West team with 29 saves for the win. Sophomore Andy Smith and freshmen David Schmidt accounted for the 2 Kaneland scores.
In their very first Homecoming game, the Knights continued their winning ways by defeating Leland by a score of 4-1. The Leland coach forfeited the game in the second half due to the rough play of his team. Three Leland players were ejected.
The Knights in their first year of competition are now 11-7.
Kaneland traveled to Sycamore for their final regular season game and came back with a 3-1 loss. Senior midfielder Mark Needham scored the lone goal for the Knights. The Knights finished their first season with an amazing 11-8 record.
Kaneland played its first soccer sectional ever and came away with a 4-2 loss to Newark at Newark. Anthony Cucitro and goalkeeper J.J. Hill scored for the Knights. It was Hill's first goal of the year.
The Class A sectional match concluded the season for the Knights which finished an impressive 11-8 for the season.
Kaneland's First Soccer Team (1998)
|1998 Boys Soccer Roster|
|24||Hill, Josh (JJ)||11|
|6||Van Narden, Ryan||12|
|Coach: Roy Smith|
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