Prep soccer: Kaneland edges Marmion to reach regional finalsBy JOHN GALLIONEfirstname.lastname@example.orgOct. 18, 2017 MAPLE PARK – The Kaneland boys soccer ran its unbeaten streak to 15 games as the Knights beat Marmion Academy 2-1 in the first round of the regional tournament. Kaneland sophomore Tucker Jahns was the X-factor for the knights. Jahns controlled a Cadets turnover near the box and scored with two defenders on him with just over two minutes left to go in the game. For Jahns, this extends what he said is his favorite season of his young career."I got poked in the eye earlier in the game," Jahns said. "I was seeing two of everything. I was debating coming out because it was really bugging me and I thought I couldn't do much for my team...When I got the opportunity, I just went right to the goal. I didn't even look at the goal. I knew I had a defender on me and I just struck the ball off of the keeper and it went in the back of the net."If Kaneland (14-3-3, 5-1-2 Northern Illinois Big 12) is going to win a regional championship, it will be without the help of srenior Ulysses Herrera. Hererra received a red card with nine seconds in the game after an altercation broke out when Cadets junior Anthony Sanchez threw a Kaneland player to the ground out of bounds near the bleachers. After the dust settled, both Herrera and Sanchez received red cards."Nine seconds left in the game, there's no reason for that," Knights coach Scott Parillo said. "We're winning the game. Let them do what they need to do and back away. I get it; emotions run high. But, we've never coached players to do stuff like that...I thought Marmion played a great game. [The altercation] marred what was an other wise good game. "I hope that this isn't [Hererra's] last game. He's never gotten a red card before. This is his first one."A very big reason Kaneland was able to hang around was the play of keeper Hunter Smith. Smith stopped six of seven shots in the first half when the Cadets had the wind at their back. Perillo lets Smith choose the side on the opening coin flip. Smith explained his rationale after the game. "I've noticed this season that we are a team that comes out stromger in the second half," Smith said. "Most of our games, we finish at least tied in the first half. We come back with the wind in the second half and we're going to be stronger...Every call I get, I am against the wind first half."Marmion (5-13-1) had their ups and downs through out the season for first year coach Jimmy Romano. Romano described the season as a learning experience. "It was a tough season," Romano said. "We have a young team with only four seniors. We played a very tough schedule, playing a lot of top ranked schools which I thought would prepare us for the playoffs. The boys played hard all season. Even though we had a losing record, we battled all year...They capitalized on two of their chances and we didn't capitalize on enough of ours."Kaneland will play for the regional championship against Rochelle at 11 a.m. on Saturday.