Pacheco's goal sparks Craig past Parker
JANESVILLE--Alan Pacheco's unlikely goal provided the spark.
And a whole host of his Janesville Craig teammates helped finish off an emphatic victory over Janesville Parker in the annual city boys soccer derby Tuesday night.
Pacheco broke a scoreless tie, Zach Currie scored twice, and the Cougars out-played the Vikings for a 7-1 win in Big Eight Conference action at Craig High.
Craig (9-4-2, 2-3 Big Eight) has won its last six meetings with Parker (1-11-1, 0-4), outscoring the Vikings 31-4 over that span.
Inserted into the match as a substitute, Pacheco curled a left-footed shot over Vikings keeper David Olvera in the 18th minute, and Craig never trailed. It was the freshman's second goal of the season.
"He's a little bit of a spark for us," Craig coach Garrett McCabe said after his team snapped a two-game conference losing streak. "We needed to break that ice, with nerves and everything. He's a very calm personality, so he came out and it was as if he's been playing for years out here."
Parker suffered its 41st straight conference loss, fading after a promising opening 15 minutes.
"They went and busted their butt for every single ball, which is awesome, but it just didn't fall our way," Parker coach Laken Jacobson said. "They were super stoked to come out to this game. They showed up; the first 10-15 minutes they were really keeping up with them even."
Currie, a Craig senior, poked in a rebound for his 20th goal of the season in the 26th minute. Parker got on the board when Edwardo Martinez couldn't corral Christian Gamino's long-distance effort in the 35th minute.
It was all Craig from there.
Robert Legatzke set up Currie for a goal with 44 seconds until halftime to make it 3-1, and Raul Tello fought off two defenders for a goal in the 50th minute.
But the score of the night went to Craig's Owen Aldrich. The senior midfielder anchored himself about 12 yards from goal and used the left side of his head to redirect A.J. Anhold's swerving cross just inside the right post for a 5-1 advantage.
Ivan Pacheco and Gabe Rubine each bagged a goal late in the second half to complete the scoring.
The Craig defense, led by senior back Naftali Sanchez, held Parker to one shot over the final 45 minutes. Possession in the second half tilted heavily toward the Cougars, and the Vikings were forced to retreat to their own end.
"We talked about at halftime they were tackling way harder than us," McCabe said. "They were walking away with every 50-50.
"We got the ball down, we spread the field out, we put the ball on the ground and we broke the team apart and found more opportunities."
Craig out-shot Parker 38-6 overall, including 25-6 in shots on net.
Both squads will have some time to rest before resuming Big Eight play. The Cougars travel to Beloit Memorial Tuesday, while the Vikings host Middleton that same night.
JANESVILLE CRAIG 7, JANESVILLE PARKER 1
Parker 1 0--1
Craig 3 4--7
C--Alan Pacheco, 17:49. C--Zach Currie, 25:29. P--Christian Gamino, 34:22. C--Currie, 44:16.
C--Raul Tello, 49:03. C--Owen Aldrich (A.J. Anhold), 55:51. C--Ivan Pacheco, 63:43. C--Gabe Rubine, 87:39.
Saves--David Olvera (P) 18, Edwardo Martinez (C) 5. Shots--Craig 38, Parker 6. Shots on goal--Craig 25, Parker 6. Corners--Craig 12, Parker 0. Offsides--Craig 5, Parker 0. Fouls--Craig 9, Parker 4.