Parker, Craig earn soccer wins
There was no letdown for Janesville Parker High’s girls soccer team Thursday night.
Two days after an impressive 1-0 win over crosstown rival Janesville Craig, the Vikings took control early in a 2-0 Big Eight Conference win over Sun Prairie.
Kelsey Bysted and Catie O’Leary notched goals in the first 12 minutes of the game as Parker improved to 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
“Coming off a huge game, I was really pleased with how hard we came out and played tonight,” Parker coach Matt Beisser said. “We dictated play right away and took care of business.
“We’ve got some big games coming up in the next few days, so getting this win tonight was important.”
Bysted put Parker on the board at the 8-minute mark on assists from Nicole Strieker and Ashleigh Busfield. O’Leary, on an assist from Bysted, made it 2-0 with 12 minutes gone in the first half.
Sam Anacker notched her second shutout in three days by stopping five shots.
Parker will host an 8-team invitational on Saturday. The Vikings open with Beaver Dam at 9:30 a.m. Other teams competing will be Delavan-Darien, Watertown, Westosha Central, Clinton, Cambridge and Fort Atkinson.
PARKER 2, SUN PRAIRIE 0
Sun Prairie 0 0—0
Janesville Parker 2 0—2
P—Kelsey Bysted (Nicole Strieker, Ashleigh Busfield), 8:00. P—Catie O’Leary (Bysted), 12:00.
Saves—Matz (Sun Prairie) 14, Sam Anacker (Parker) 5.
n Craig 3, Beloit 1—Sofia Sanchez was forced to make only one save as the Cougars coasted to the Big Eight Conference victory.
Emma Fashing and Gretchen Westphal had first-half goals, and Megan Lindgren added an insurance goal in the second half as the Cougars improved to 6-7 overall and 3-4 in the Big Eight.
“It was a good win for us,” Craig coach Bill McCabe said. “We had a tough loss on Tuesday, and it was nice to be able to bounce back tonight.
“Gretchen was really hitting the ball hard and made a nice play on her goal.”
Craig is at a tournament in Green Bay on Saturday. The Cougars open with Green Bay East at 9 a.m., and will also play Grafton and second-ranked Green Bay Notre Dame.
CRAIG 3, BELOIT 1
Janesville Craig 2 1—3
Beloit Memorial 1 0—1
B—Megan Slavish (unassisted), 9:21. C—Emma Fashing (Chelsea Sheedy), 12:33. C—Gretchen Westphal (Nicole Gutzman), 34:43.
C—Megan Lindgren (Mari Hosseini), 46:17.
Saves—Sofia Sanchez (Craig) 1, Beloit 12.