Craig, Parker soccer lose Big Eight matches
Madison Memorial's boys soccer team scored two goals in a two-minute span of the first half Thursday and coasted to a 5-0 Big Eight Conference win over Janesville Craig.
Craig (4-10-1, 0-6-0) played Memorial tough for the first 28 minutes but the back-to-back goals by the Spartans at the 28- and 30-minute mark of the first half broke the game open.
"That has been our Achilles heel all season," Craig coach Charlie Friedrich said of the defensive lapse. "We can't continue to give up the quick-strike goals.
"We were right there with them for most of the first half, and they're one of the better teams in our conference."
Keagan Leckey made 11 saves for the Cougars.
Craig hosts Milwaukee Pulaski in a nonconference match Saturday at 11 a.m.
MEMORIAL 5, CRAIG
Janesville Craig 0 0—0
Madison Memorial 3 2—5
M—Michael Bliss, 28:00. M—Mariano Lencina (Eric Melotte), 30:00. M—Own goal, 38:00.
M—Bliss (Jeremy Gottlieb), 57:00. M—Eli Gomez, 60:00.
Saves—Keagan Leckey (JC) 11, Brandon Mueller 3.
-- Verona 2, Parker 1—The Wildcats scored two first-half goals and held off the Vikings for the Big Eight win.
Parker (2-11-1, 0-6-0) cut the lead in half on Tyler Weilbrenner's goal at 66:11 but failed to tie the game late in regulation despite three scoring chances.
John Fillion made five saves for Parker.
VERONA 2, PARKER 1
Verona 2 0—2
Janesville Parker 0 1—1
V—Cole Blakley, 6:00. V—Garret Grunke, 35:26.
P—Tyler Weilbrenner, 66:11.
Saves—Verona 11, John Fillion (P) 5.