Craig soccer beats Verona to close league play
Janesville Craig’s girls soccer team saved its most complete Big Eight Conference performance for its final game of the league season.
And it just might help the Cougars earn an extra home game in the postseason.
Kaitlyn Shanks scored off a fed from Greta Hanthorn at 22:00, and Craig made the tally hold up in a 1-0 home victory Thursday night.
“Start to finish, and even there at the end, the energy was there,” Cougars coach Bill McCabe said. “We played the ball on the ground, and that’s the difference. That’s what’s making us a better team. We play it on the ground and build from the back.”
Shanks’ goal was very similar to the one she scored Tuesday night at Madison West.
Hanthorn dribbled deep down the right side and sent a cross to Shanks, who was streaking in from the left to the far corner post and finished off the pass.
Maie Rowekamp made three saves and Abbey Schrader five to help the Cougars keep the clean sheet. Schrader made a key save late on a corner kick, and the Cougars defense also turned away a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box.
“Some of the overlapping runs we made into the corner … oh my,” McCabe said. “That’s good stuff. That’s good soccer.”
The Cougars finished the Big Eight season with a 6-3 and will finish no worse than in a tie for third place when all matches are made up.
Craig hosts Stoughton in a nonconference game Tuesday.
CRAIG 1, VERONA 0
Verona 0 0—0
Janesville Craig 1 0—1
C—Kaitlyn Shanks (Greta Hanthorn), 22:00.
Saves—Rachel Nelson (V) 6, Maia Rowekamp (C) 3, Abbey Schrader (C) 5
• West 9, Parker 1—Claire Mooney and Anna Grutzner each scored two goals to lead Madison West past visiting Parker.
The Vikings’ Hallie King scored an unassisted goal in the first half.
“They moved the ball well and had good spacing,” Parker coach Abe Nelson said of the Regents. “We had a few chances. We’re scoring against Big Eight teams that we haven’t been scoring on.”
The Vikings play a makeup game today at East Troy.
WEST 9, PARKER 1
Parker 1 0—1
West 6 3—9
W—Claire Mooney (unassisted), 3:35. M—own goal, 9:00. M—Abby Goldman (unassisted), 19:30; MW—Mooney (unassisted), 24:29; M—Bella Watson (Mya Nitschke), 31:58; MW—Anna Grutzner (Lillian Knetter), 40:08; JP—Hallie King (unassisted), 42:30.
MW—Sophia Reddan (unassisted), 48:13; MW—Nyah Banik (Eva Hurley), 55:22; MW—Grutzner (Nitschke), 56:50.
Saves—Elexus Vike (JP) 12; Monette (MW) 5.