Janesville Craig soccer seeks finish line
Craig coach Charles Friedrich said the Cougars were on the short end of too many one-goal loses last season. They finished 4-16-2 overall and 1-8 in the Big Eight Conference.
“It’s a game of scoring goals,” Friedrich said. “We lost too many games 3-2, 2-0 or 1-0.’’
Friedrich is telling the Cougars they must score after getting to the net.
“I think we can do better,” Freidrich said. “We just have to finish.’’
Craig lost its season opener Tuesday, 3-0 to Evansville, then gained a forfeit victory over Wilmot on Thursday. The Cougars face Janesville Parker in a Big Eight Conference season opener next Tuesday.
Eight of the Cougars’ 10 letter winners are returning starters.
Friedrich expects senior goalkeeper Peter Cooney to provide strength for Craig.
“A goalkeeper can make or break a game,” Friedrich said. “Cooney can provide structure.’’
Seniors Matt Haen and Lucas Prijic are returning midfielders with upsides.
“Lucas has a great shot, and he can do a lot of good things,” said Friedrich. “Matt is a team leader along with Peter (Cooney).’’
Senior Asley Felix is a speedy forward, and senior Nick Mowers and junior Connor Sheedy are returning defensemen. Sheedy is a three-year varsity player.
“It’s his third year on varsity,” Friedrich said. “We hope he can come into his own this year.’’
Junior Aaron (Chino) Chavez could boost Craig’s scoring.
“He had a couple goals last year,” Friedrich said. “He’s looking to start strong. He gives us flexibility.’’
Sophomore Drew Whittaker plays midfield and forward, and sophomore Adrian Silva is a defenseman and midfielder.
Ian Reinicke, a freshman, is untested at the varsity level but Friedrich likes, the midfielder-forward’s skills.
“This kid has speed,” Friedrich said. “He played in our alumni game and held his own and scored a goal. He doesn’t play like a freshman.’’
The Cougars must replace leading scorer Mo McCrone, Tyler Meinders and Tom Kitching.
Friedrich said the Cougars have talent, but it’s a matter of putting the pieces together.
“We do have speed,” Friedrich said. “We’re looking for good things.’’
The Craig schedule:
AUGUST: 20—Racine Horlick. 23—At Janesville Parker. 25—Madison West. 27—At Westosha Central. 30—At Verona.
SEPTEMBER: 1—Sun Prairie. 6—Beloit Memorial. 8—At Fort Atkinson. 10—Craig Quadrangular. 13—At Madison La Follette. 15—Madison Memorial. 17—At Mukwonago. 20—at Greenfield. 22—Middleton. 24—Cambridge. 27—Janesville Parker. 29—Watertown.
OCTOBER: 1—Kenosha Tremper. 4—At Madison East. 6—At Beloit Memorial. 8—Milwaukee Pulaski. 11-13—WIAA regionals. 20-22—WIAA sectionals.