Diaz stars in varsity debut, Edgerton downs Parker 6-0

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Bryan Wegter
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

JANESVILLE--Ismael Diaz couldn't have asked for a better start to his high school soccer career.

The Edgerton Crimson Tide couldn't have asked for a better start to their season.

Diaz stole the show in his first varsity game, scoring four goals to lead the Crimson Tide to a convincing 6-0 win over the Janesville Parker Vikings on a pleasant Tuesday evening in Janesville.

"I was surprised I made that many goals," Diaz said. "I wasn't really sure how I'd do this year since I'm a freshman and all. But I try my best."

The nimble forward showcased a diverse array of skills in terrorizing Parker's defenders.

In the 23rd minute, Diaz ran onto a perfectly weighted through ball from center back Cameron Kaebisch and juked around diving Parker keeper David Olvera before slamming the ball into the netting. About 20 minutes later, he was left unmarked on the edge of the 18-yard box, turned and got a helpful ricochet off the left post for his second goal.

His final two goals came in a 30-second span in the opening minute of the second half.

"We kinda knew right away he was going to be a varsity player. Seeing him perform out there there's no doubt he's in the right place," Edgerton coach Dean Wanless said of Diaz.

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Austin Guertin deflected in a free kick in the 16th minute to open the scoring, and Tide senior Donovan Cone scored on a left-footed shot with six seconds left in the first half. Edgerton (1-0) led 4-0 at halftime.

Parker (0-1) struggled to string together passes and rarely had long stretches of possession.

"They put in a lot of effort and a lot of heart out there, they just gave up a couple times after back-to-back goals," Parker coach Laken Jacobson said. "A lot of it's going to be positioning, and just where they need to be.

"I think they're building on it and we're improving from seasons before."

It was Edgerton's first win over Parker since at least 2010. The Crimson Tide took 37 shots, putting 18 on net, compared to just eight and six, respectively, for the Vikings.

"For our first match you're a little unsure until you get to see your competition," Wanless said. "I was really suprised with the way we were able to attack up top."

On the few occasions Parker was able to push forward, Edgerton defenders were quick to close off shooting lanes.

Olvera finished with 12 saves. He stopped Lewis Kim's penalty kick in the 82nd minute with a full-stretch dive towards the left post.

Parker will play two nonconference opponents in the next few days, traveling to West Allis Central on Thursday and hosting Waterford on Tuesday.

Edgerton travels to Cambridge/Deerfield on Thursday.


Edgerton 4 2--6

Parker 0 0--0

First half

E--Austin Guertin (Lewis Kim), 16:00. E--Ismael Diaz (Cameron Kaebisch), 23:00. E--Diaz (Kim), 43:00. E--Donovan Cone, 44:54.

Second half

E--Diaz (Cone), 45:20. E--Diaz (Guertin), 45:45.

Saves--David Olvera (JP) 12, Ryan Tronnes (E) 6. Shots--Edgerton 37, Parker 8. Shots on goal--Edgerton 18, Parker 6. Corners--Edgerton 4, Parker 3. Fouls--Edgerton 3, Parker 5. Offsides--Edgerton 5, Parker 4.

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