Fast start helps Janesville Parker soccer forget ’09
That’s not the case with Janesville Parker High’s boys soccer program.
The Vikings won their first two games of the 2010 season and have forgotten all about the 0-21 record in 2009.
“This group of guys are different than any other team that I’ve coached,” fifth-year coach Andy Holmes said. “They all have each other’s back, and I can’t say enough about the chemistry on this team.
“Last year was tough, but these guys had a great summer at our skills camp, and the seniors came in the first day of practice and set the tone.”
Parker started the season by winning its own invitational. The Vikings beat Edgerton and Westosha Central, 2-0, in the championship game.
Eight seniors are the backbone of this year’s team. Heading the list is four-year starter Edison Davila, a forward.
“Edison is one of the keys to our offense,” Holmes said. “He has good skills and really worked hard over the summer to get ready for the season.”
Joining Davila at another forward spot is junior Carlos Sagrero. Senior Oren Feldman-Schultz and sophomore Tyler Weilbrenner are the midfielders.
“Feldman-Schultz and Weilbrenner are the motor to this team,” Holmes said. “Oren probably has the best shot on the team and is the most natural player we have. Tyler just keeps on improving day-to-day.
“Carlos is left-footed and has a chance to score a lot of goals for us this season. We switched to a three-forward system, and I really think that it’s going to pay off.”
Holmes calls senior forwards Seth Dubinski and Jacob Erlien the team’s most “physically fit” players on the team, and he expects the twosome to generate plenty of scoring opportunities.
Parker allowed only one goal in two games in winning the invite last Saturday. Holmes believes a new defensive system will allow the Vikings to be competitive in every game.
“Led by senior Ryan Ploof, our defense is the strongest area of our team,” Holmes said.
Joining Ploof on defense is senior Yoiser Mauleon, who played his freshman and sophomore years before sitting out last season.
Senior Owen Ahlstrom is the top goalie, with sophomore Johnathan Fillion right behind.
“Owen’s a gifted athlete, who also plays goalie in lacrosse, and has really picked up the game fast,” Holmes said.
Holmes said he believes his team has a chance to be much more competitive this year, and not just against teams outside the Madison area.
“I’m really looking forward to playing Madison East (today). They’re going to be one of the top teams in the Big Eight, and I can’t wait to see us compete against them. Last year, I wouldn’t have said that.”
(7 p.m. starting time unless indicated)
AUGUST: 26—At Madison East; 31—Madison West.
SEPTEMBER: 2—At Verona, 5 p.m.; 7—Sun Prairie; 9—Beloit Memorial; 11—Parker Invitational (w/ Portage, Poynette, Appleton West), 10 a.m.; 14—At Janesville Craig; 16. Madison La Follette; 23—At Madison Memorial; 25—Craig Invitational (w/ Beloit Memorial), 9:30 a.m.; 28—At Fort Atkinson; 30—Middleton.
OCTOBER: 5—At Beloit Memorial, 6:30 p.m.; 7—Stoughton.
Last updated: 2:38 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012