Janesville Cougars win; Vikings lose soccer matches
Janesville Craig’s up-and-coming boys soccer team wasted no time getting its kicks in the Big Eight Conference.
Jesse Davila led the way Thursday night as Craig High began the Big Eight season with a 2-0 victory at Sun Prairie.
“It’s first time we won a conference opener in a long time,” Craig coach Charles Friedrich said. “It was a big victory of the kids, putting them on the right path. It’s been a progressive rebuilding season, and it’s starting to come into form.’’
Davila helped see to that with his 1-2 offensive punch in the first half.
“Jesse had several one-on-one tries, and the third one was the charm,’’ Friedrich said. “It was a perfectly placed ball by Matt.”
That would be Matt Pechnik, whose assist set up Davila for the first goal at the 27-minute mark. Davila’s second goal came at 37 minutes on an assist from Mo McCrone.
“Jesse took a cross-pass from Mo on a header,” Friedrich said, “and it was just unstoppable.’’
Meanwhile, Craig goalkeep Max Niedermeier stopped everything from the Cardinals.
Craig (2-0-1) returns to action Saturday in the Sauk Prairie Invitational. The Cougars play Green Bay Southwest at 11:15 a.m. and Sauk Prairie at 1 p.m.
CRAIG 2, SUN PRAIRIE 0
Janesville Craig 2 0—2
Sun Prairie 0 0—0
JC—Jesse Davila (Matt Pechnik), 27:00. JC—Davila (Mo McCrone), 37:00.
Saves—Max Niedermeier (JC), 12, Sun Prairie 18.
Junior varsity—Sun Prairie 4, Craig 1.
n Beloit 10, Parker 0—Marco Garcia’s hat trick lifted the visiting Purple Knights to victory in the Big Eight Conference opener
Parker (0-6, 0-1) managed only one shot on goal and allowed seven second-half goals.
“It was a game to just forget about,” Parker coach Andy Holmes said. “There isn’t much to say. The best thing for us is that we get six starters back for our next game.”
Parker will host Madison West on Tuesday night.
PARKER 10, BELOIT 0
Beloit Memorial 3 7—10
Janesville Parker 0 0—0
BM—Marco Garcia (Patrick Gathof), 6:46. BM—Gathof (unassisted), 17:47. BM—Julio Martinez (unassisted), 30:47.
BM—Garcia (unassisted), 41:37. BM—Bobby Polglaze (Garcia), 45:03. BM—Gathof (unassisted), 48:27. BM—Ben Goodwin (Garcia), 53:05. BM—Garcia (unassisted), 55:20. BM—Martinez (unassisted), 74:40. BM—Campbell (unassisted), 77:15.
Saves—William Hotchkiss (BM) 1, John Fillion (JP) 24.