Hot start: Goal-happy Cougars top Vikings
JANESVILLE--Two matches into the season, this much is clear: Janesville Craig can score goals.
Jose Fernando Reyes and Hozai Ceballos each scored twice on Tuesday as the Cougars topped crosstown rival Janesville Parker, 6-0, in a nonconference boys soccer tilt at Parker.
The Cougars now have 17 goals in their first two matches, and 11 different players have at least one goal.
“For one, our coaching is really good, and team chemistry—we have a really good understanding of each other,” Craig senior captain Dan Swales said. “We're keeping our formation.
“There's a lot more team play.”
It showed on Tuesday night as the Cougars spent much of the match on the attack.
They broke through less than 13 minutes in when Ian O'Donnell found Reyes near the top of the scoring box. Reyes, a junior, bent the ball to the far, upper-right corner of the net.
With less than 11 minutes remaining in the half, Craig doubled its lead when Ceballos, a sophomore, collected a rebound and blasted it home.
“Chemistry is a part of it; I think they enjoy playing with each other,” Craig coach Mike Hook said. “What you saw today, mostly clean passing out of the back, was a result of everything we worked on in training.”
Ceballos and Reyes each scored again in the second half, sandwiched between goals from junior Tyler Elliott and senior Peyton Wunn.
“We've been playing together—most of us guys—for three years, so that definitely helps,” Swales said. “We're just utilizing practices 100 percent.”
Austyn Meier made three saves to keep the clean sheet for Craig. Jacob Wobig had four, and Isaac Brodkey stopped all three shots he saw when filling in for Wobig after a brief, first-half injury.
Parker is still searching for its offensive outburst, which coach Jason Bier says will come from improved play in the midfield.
“We just need to work on transitioning to offense; right now we're leaving the midfield too open,” Bier said. “We'll get back to the drawing board and figure it out. Eight halves now we haven't scored a goal.
“Once we get some goals, then things will turn around.”
Both teams return to the pitch on Thursday. Parker hosts La Follette, while Craig travels to Madison East. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
CRAIG 6, PARKER 0
Janesville Craig 2 4—6
Janesville Parker 0 0—0
JC—Jose Fernando Reyes (Ian O'Donnell), 12:21.
JC—Hozai Ceballos, 29:20.
JC—Tyler Elliott, 47:05.
JC—Ceballos (Ian Reinicke), 49:52.
JC—Reyes (Noel Ceballos), 52:16.
JC—Peyton Wunn (Yoshi Fukushima), 57:02.
Saves—Austyn Meier (JC) 3, Jacob Wobig (JP) 4, Isaac Brodkey (JP) 3. Shots—Craig 27, Parker 11. Shots on goal—Craig 13, Parker 3. Fouls—Craig 4, Parker 3. Corner kicks—Craig 6, Parker 1. Offsides—Craig 3, Parker 2.