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Parker rallies for soccer win over Beloit

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Gazette Staff
April 23, 2008
— Janesville Parker girls soccer coach Matt Beisser wasn’t pleased with the play of his team in the first half of Tuesday night’s Big Eight Conference game against Beloit Memorial.

Fortunately for Beisser, the Vikings made up for it in the second half.


Junior Kelsey Bysted had two goals and three assists to lead Parker High to a come-from-behind, 5-1 win over Beloit. The Vikings (8-0, 2-0) trailed 1-0 at half, but took over in the second 40 minutes.


“We were frustrated the first half, and Beloit had a good game plan coming into the game,” Beisser said. “We were taking long-range shots that we don’t normally take because Beloit was using seven defenders.


“In the second half, everybody stepped up. We regrouped and started playing team soccer. I know the girls were frustrated because we were dominating play and couldn’t score, but Beloit had a good goalie.”


Bysted tied the game three minutes into the second half on an assist from Catie O’Leary, and Ashleigh Busfield gave the Vikings the lead for good four minutes later on the first of three Bysted assists. Brianna Michios made it 3-1 before Bysted and Nicole Strieker concluded the scoring three minutes apart.


Parker now sets its sights on defending conference champion Middleton. The Vikings have never beaten the Cardinals, at play at Parker at 7 p.m. Thursday.


“It’s a huge game for us,” Beisser said. “We think we’re good enough to play with Middleton, and now we get a chance to prove it.


“We get them at home, and it should be a great high school soccer game.”


PARKER 5, BELOIT 1


Beloit Memorial 1 0—1


Janesville Parker 0 5—5


First Half


BM—Brianne Marzette (unassisted), 35:00.


Second Half


JP—Kelsey Bysted (Catie O’Leary), 43:00. JP—Ashleigh Busfield (Bysted), 47:00. JP—Brianna Michios (Bysted), 50:00. JP—Bysted (Nicole Strieker), 55:00. JP—Strieker (Bysted), 58:00.


Saves—Kortney Kingslien (BM) 31, Sam Anacker (JP) 0.



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