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Boys Soccer: Kaneland’s season ends in sectional final

Kaneland’s hopes for a first-ever sectional plaque for boys soccer fell short Friday as East Moline’s United Township managed to pull out a 3-2 win during the two sessions of overtime play at the Class 2A Sterling Sectional.

A 2-2 halftime deadlock led to overtime and that’s when Quad Cities Metro area goal leader Drew Meredith (28 goals including 10 in four postseason contests) scored in the 84th minute for the match winner to advance the Panthers (21-3-3).

“For the last five minutes of the second overtime period, they couldn’t get the ball out of their end. We kept pounding and pounding right up until the final seconds, we just missed sending it to a shootout,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said. “We obviously wish we could have gone farther, but 16-4-2 is not a bad record considering the teams we played.”

The Knights, who had an eight-match win streak snapped, got on the scoreboard in the sixth minute when Tyler Siebert used an Arsim Azemi set-up for his third goal of the season. Unfortunately, United’s Mamandou Ba tied the contest a minute later and the Panthers’ Dustin Bartz followed in the 26th minute. Kaneland got the equalizer four minutes prior to intermission when Alec Koczka registered his fourth goal of the year.

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