Janesville Craig advances to regional soccer finals; Parker loses
It took Janesville Craig a while to score, but once the Cougars got on the board, they were on their way to a WIAA Division 1 girls regional semifinal soccer victory here Thursday night.
Craig (11-11) shut out Waterford, 3-0, to advance to Saturday’s regional final against Racine Case (13-4-1) at Kenosha Tremper. The game is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
Thursday’s game was scoreless in the first half.
“But we dominated play,” said Craig coach Bill McCabe. “We just weren’t finishing. It seemed we always had one pass too many. We weren’t shooting as much as we should have.”
The strategy changed after a halftime speech.
Kristi Crandall scored an unassisted goal at the 41:17 mark, and the Cougars took it from there.
“That really picked our spirits up,” McCabe said. “Everything turned around.”
Sam Glowacki and Chelsea Sheedy finished the Cougar scoring, with Michaela Holzhuter assisting the Glowacki goal.
Amanda Hamilton made six saves to keep Waterford (5-14-2) from scoring.
“We needed a good win,” McCabe said. “It was good to get a shutout.”
CRAIG 3, WATERFORD 0
Waterford 0 0—0
Janesville Craig 0 3—3
JC—Kristi Crandall (unassisted), 41:17. JC—Sam Glowacki (Michaela Holzhuter), 52:14. JC— Chelsea Sheedy (unassisted), 69:16.
Saves—Jackie Gelling (W) 10, Amanda Hamilton (JC) 6.
-- Bradford 4, Parker 1—Jessica Davison scored three goals to lead host Kenosha Bradford to a 4-1 victory over Janesville Parker in a Division 1 regional semifinal game.
Davison scored two goals in the first 15:41 to put the Vikings behind for good.
Parker tightened its defense and held the Red Devils (11-11-1) scoreless for the next 50 minutes.
That allowed the Vikings to get within a goal when Ellary Nemetz sent a direct kick over the Red Devil keeper at the 44:32 mark.
“Our defense played very well,” said Parker coach Amy Wargowsky. “(Keeper) Brianna (Washington) was amazing tonight.”
Washington, a junior, made 20 stops.
“The girls played as well as they had all season,” Wargowsky said. “I was proud of them. I was happy the way they finished.”
BRADFORD 4, PARKER 1
Janesville Parker 0 1—1
Kenosha Bradford 2 2—4
KB—Jessica Davison (Megan Rimkus), 4:22. KB—Davison (Amaley Perez), 15:41.
JP—Ellary Nemetz (unassisted), 44:32. KB— Nina Rivera-Zuganelis (Brittany Rizzo), 65:05; KB—Davison (Jessenia Arroyo), 75:32.
Saves—Brianna Washington (JP) 20, Bradford 1.