Craig soccer beats Parker, 3-0
JANESVILLE The Janesville Craig and Parker girls soccer teams will take the same motto into the final stretch of the regular season: Finish.
Vikings coach Amy Wargowsky has seen progress this season, but Parker continues to struggle to find the back of the net.
The Cougars had their own trouble scoring against their crosstown rivals Monday night. But senior Monica Speth scored in the 24th minute and assisted on another goal less than 15 minutes later as Craig walked away with a 3-0 Big Eight Conference victory.
The Cougars improved to 7-5-1 overall and 4-3 in conference; Parker fell to 0-12-1 and 0-8. The match was called in the 62nd minute due to lightning.
"They always play a really good game against us; they're always up for this game," Craig coach Bill McCabe said. "We couldn't finish a bag of potato chips today.
"I'm happy for the girls, but I also see that we have some things to take care of."
The Cougars blasted 22 shots, including 11 on net, but saw a handful of shots hit the post and several other decent chances sail wide.
The Vikings put two shots on net early in the first half, but to no avail.
Speth broke the deadlock midway through the half on a gritty effort. The Tennessee-Chattanooga signee was stymied in the right side of the box but picked herself off the turf, gathered the ball and sent it into the far corner of the net.
Speth then set up the Cougars' second goal by serving a ball into the box for Samantha Champion. Champion, a freshman, headed the ball into the net to make it 2-0.
"We knocked the ball around hard," McCabe said. "We try to find the open person, and we try to do the work off the ball. We're trying to get better at that every day."
Before lightning could bring the match to a halt in the second half, Craig senior Kristi Crandall scored on a breakaway set up by Lindsey Hamilton.
Maddie Schroeder—two saves—and Katie Villa combined to keep the sheet clean for the Cougars. Becky Harmata made eight saves for the Vikings.
"I thought we played well, we just still have a problem finishing," Parker coach Amy Wargowsky said. "We have the opportunities, but we just can't find the back of the net. That's been our problem all season, but we just keep stepping up and doing better every game."
The Vikings play at Madison La Follette while the Cougars host Madison East on Thursday.
CRAIG 3, PARKER 0
(game called in the 62nd minute due to lightning)
Craig 2 1—3
Parker 0 0—0
C—Monica Speth, 23:20.
C—Samantha Champion (Speth), 37:19.
C—Kristi Crandall (Lindsey Hamilton), 54:39.
Saves—Maddie Schroeder (JC), 2; Katie Villa (JC), 0; Becky Harmata (JP), 8. Shots—Craig 22, Parker 5. SOG—Craig 11, Parker 2. Fouls—Craig 5, Parker 4. Offsides—Craig 6, Parker 0. Corner kicks—Craig 2, Parker 2.