Fukushima's last-minute goal leads Craig to win in opener

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Janesville Craig’s boys soccer season got off to an exciting start Tuesday night.

Trailing by a goal with nine minutes left, the Cougars scored twice, including the game-winner with just 40 seconds left, to topple Fort Atkinson in nonconference action at Craig.

“It was an extremely exciting game,” first-year head coach Garrett McCabe said. “We went down in the first half and lost a player to a red card. So we were down the whole game, but the boys are extremely resilient.

“I think that’s going to be our thing this year. They fought back and kept plugging away.”

Craig trailed 1-0 at halftime but got a goal midway through the second from senior captain Ian Reinicke.

The Blackhawks regained the lead in the 81st minute, but Craig answered a minute later thanks to co-captain Tyler Elliott.

As the game reached the final minute, Fernando Reyes carried the ball upfield and cut to the middle. He unleashed a rocket off the post, but the ball caromed right to Yoshi Fukushima, who buried the rebound.

McCabe hopes the exciting opening victory was a sign of things to come.

“It’s going to be an exciting year,” he said. “The guys are fast-paced, intelligent soccer players who are beyond passionate for the game. They all share that fire. Hopefully people will come out to watch.”

Craig lost a deep senior class from a year ago but has nine seniors on the roster. Staying healthy will be key, as McCabe said several players suffered injuries Tuesday, but the Cougars pieced things together.

They’re back in action Thursday at Milton.

Last updated: 11:02 pm Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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