Cougars pick up first Big Eight soccer win
JANESVILLE--Bill McCabe had a simple message for his team Tuesday night.
All the Janesville Craig girls soccer coach told his players was to go out and play the way they practice.
The Cougars got the message loud and clear as they responded with a 5-4 win over Beloit Memorial in a Big Eight Conference game.
Craig picked up its first conference win despite blowing an early 4-0 lead. Sommer Goicoechea got the game-winner for Craig with an unassisted goal at 53:55.
“I simply said they'd have a chance to win if they played like they had been practicing, and that's what happened,” McCabe said. “We changed some things up before the start of the game and really played well the first half.
“This would've been a tough one to lose with a 4-0 lead, but Sommer made a real nice play on the last goal.”
Craig got first-half goals from Sammi Champion, Goicoechea, and two from Goicoechea's sister, Savannah.
The Cougars play at Madison La Follette on Thursday night.
CRAIG 5, BELOIT 4
Beloit Memorial 2 2—4
Janesville Craig 4 1—5
C—Sammi Champion, 5:51. C—Sommer Goicoechea, 15:58. C—Savannah Goicoechea, 20:37. C—Sav. Goicoechea, 27:20. B—Stephanie Belatorre, 29:35. B—Adriena Garsow, 31:40.
B—Olivia Falk, 42:06., B—Bailey McKillips (Falk), 44:15. C—Som. Goicoechea, 53:55.
Saves—Katie McCarthy (B) 4, Maddie Schroeder (JC) 12.
• East 5, Parker 0—At Madison, Jamie Rozell had a hat trick to lead the Purgolders to the Big Eight win.
Parker (4-9-0, 1-3-0) had eight shots on goal but had no answer for Rozell.
“She's one of the best we've seen all year,” Parker coach Steve Strieker said of Rozell. “She has great movement and works really hard with and without the ball. We tried to mark her, but we couldn't match her speed.”
Parker hosts Madison West on Thursday night.
EAST 5, PARKER 0
Janesville Parker 0 0—0
Madison East 2 3—5
E—Jamie Rozell, 5:00. E—Kayra Reins (Rozell), 31:00.
E—Rozell (Hetzel), 52:00. E—Rozell, 58:00. E—Greta Johnson, 73:00.
Saves—East 8, Becky Harmata (P) 6, Brotzky (P) 5.