Janesville Parker soccer counts on youth movement
Andy Holmes, Janesville Parker High School’s boys soccer coach, has a huge youth movement underway. Of the 19 players on the Vikings’ roster, 13 are underclassmen, including eight juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen.
“We are very young,” Holmes said. “We have a lot of new guys.’’
The Vikings suffered a season-opening, 4-0 nonconference loss Tuesday to Monona Grove.
Holmes’ challenge is to infuse Parker’s underclassmen with enough savvy to improve on last season’s 5-15-1 record that included an 0-9 mark in the Big Eight Conference.
Four lettermen carry the brunt of the Vikings’ load.
Holmes is counting on co-captain Tyler Weilbrenner, a junior midfielder, to be the glue that holds Parker together.
“Everything goes through him,” Holmes said. “To keep it going, it goes through Tyler.’’
Mason Jensen, a junior midfielder and defender, brings a steady game as a three-year varsity player.
“Jensen is a solid guy,” Holmes said. “He has skilled technique, and he has been on the varsity since he was a freshman.’’
John Fillion, a junior, is the goaltender, and Carlos Sagrero, one of six seniors, returns as a midfielder. Parker’s senior class also includes, co-captain Zachary Eicher, Angel Fajardo, Keegan Miller, Kegan Avery and Robert Cruz.
Eicher stepped up from the junior varsity last fall and made a good impression.
“Some of our best defense was from Zach,” Holmes said. “He is a real leader.’’
Osman Espinoza-Jimenez is junior midfielder and forward, and Stephan Presti is a utility player who can play forward, midfield or drop back as a defender.
Holmes is optimistic Jonothan Trejo, a junior transfer from Orlando, Fla., can boost Parker at forward.
Among the sophomores, Quinton Nauer and Pedro Arvizo are being counted on to boost the Vikings’ defense.
Nauer, a 6-foot, 2-inch center defenseman, traded Parker football pads for shin guards this season.
“Quinton is a really strong guy,” Holmes said. “He’s played club soccer, and he can be a big-time defenseman.’’
Holmes hope Arvizo can be a scoring threat.
“Pedro is a defender-forward with speed,” Holmes said. “He is small and quick, and we hope to steal a few goals with him.’’
Parker opens Big Eight Conference play at home against Janesville Craig next Tuesday.
“We have a pretty quick learning curve,” Holmes said. “But I think we can handle it.’’
The Parker schedule:
AUGUST: 18—At Westosha Central. 23—Janesville Craig. 25—At Madison Memorial. 30—Middleton.
SEPTEMBER: 1—At Beloit Memorial. 6—At Madison East. 13—Madison West. 15—At Verona. 20—Beloit Memorial. 22—Sun Prairie. 23-24—Badger Invitational. 27—At Janesville Craig.
OCTOBER: 4—Madison La Follette. 6—Stoughton. 7—Cambridge. 11-13—WIAA regionals. 20-22 WIAA sectionals.
-- Westosha 3, Parker 2 (OT)—Caesar Murvo’s second goal of the game with five seconds left in overtime lifted the Falcons to the nonconference win.
Jonathon Trejo and Ben Boyd scored goals for Parker (0-2).
“I thought this was a very positive game for us,” Parker coach Andy Holmes said. “Even though we came up short, I thought we controlled play throughout.
“This is the most complete game a Parker team has played in a couple of years, so that’s something to build on.”
Parker hosts crosstown rival Janesville Craig in a Big Eight Conference game at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
WESTOSHA 3, PARKER 2 (OT)
Janesville Parker 0 2 0—2
Westosha Central 1 1 1—3
W—Caesar Murvo, 23:10.
P—Jonathon Trejo (Pedro Arvizo), 61:48. W—Mike Hall, 66:13. P—Ben Boyd, 70:57.
Saves—John Fillion (P) 7, Devin Brick (W) 6.