Janesville Craig soccer ties; Parker falls in double OT
Janesville Craig High School and visiting Beloit Memorial played a 1-1 thriller in nonconference boys soccer Tuesday at Craig.
The Purple Knights’ Misael Rivas scored at 27 minutes of the first half, and Craig’s Tom Kitching tied it with a free kick, his second of the season, at 58 minutes in the second half.
“You couldn’t ask for a better game,” Craig coach Charly Friedrich said.
Friedrich praised Craig goalkeeper Max Niedermeier’s 23-save performance.
“Max had three game-breaking saves,” Friedrich said. “He did a fantastic job.’’
Friedrich said Beloit is a quality program and all he asked the Cougars was to stay close and look for a chance to win.
Craig’s Jessie Davila had a near-miss in the second half. With 13 seconds remaining in the second overtime, Mo McCrone won the ball from just outside the box and saved it from going out of bounds, but as the ball rolled across the goal, the Cougars were unable to recover to take shot as time expired.
“You could hear a pin drop,” Friedrich said as the ball rolled away.
Craig is 1-0-1 for the season and gains a point in the Two City Tournament. Craig has four points, Beloit one and Parker none.
“You couldn’t ask for more from both teams,” Friedrich said.
CRAIG 1, BELOIT 1 (2 OT)
Beloit 1 0 0 0—1
Craig 0 1 0 0—1
B—Misael Rivas (Marco Garcia), 27:00.
JC—Tom Kitching (free kick), 58:00.
Saves—Luis Gonzalez (BM) 15, Max Niedermeier 23.
Columbus tips Parker
Janesville Parker battled Columbus to a 1-0 double overtime loss in nonconference boys soccer Tuesday.
The Vikings (0-3) had 15 shots but couldn’t score.
“We just couldn’t find the goal,” Parker coach Andy Holmes said. “We still have five starters out, but the guys who took their place did everything right.”
Windsor Molnar scored an unassisted goal on a breakaway at 94 minutes for Columbus.
Parker plays at Lake Mills at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
COLUMBUS 1, PARKER 0 (2 OT)
Janesville Parker 0 0 0 0—0
Columbus 0 0 0 1—1
C—Windsor Molnar (unassisted), 94:00.
Saves—Kaleb Williams, 10. Eli Weichert, 15.