The Jason Augustine era officially began Tuesday for the Janesville Parker High boys soccer program.
Not surprisingly, the Vikings appear to still be adjusting to a new coach and a new style of play.
Parker conceded four first-half goals in a 6-1 nonconference loss to the visiting Burlington Demons. Dylan Melchiorre’s hat trick led the Demons (1-0-0) in the season opener for both sides.
“It was really tough for us to transition,” Augustine said. “Their midfield controlled the tempo and controlled where the ball was going to be.”
The Vikings (0-1-0) were outshot 33-8 and spent most of the first half pinned inside their own half and under siege from Burlington’s high press.
“If you can push high against their back line, it’s tough to get out,” Burlington coach Joel Molitor said. “We were able to keep all three of our forwards high. I knew our guys could sweep up and get (it) right back in.”
It led to a busy night for Parker keeper Jake Naber, who made nine saves in his varsity debut. The freshman dove to his left to deny Maxwell Cook’s attempt from the penalty spot in the fifth minute—the first of Burlington’s many scoring chances.
Burlington freshman Kolton Krueger dribbled in from the right flank and snuck a shot inside the post to open the scoring in the 13th minute. Kyle Bonton doubled the lead on an unchallenged shot from 6 yards away about 10 minutes later.
And Malchiorre tapped in a pair of goals just before halftime to make it 4-0. The sophomore finished his hat trick in the 57th with a lined shot off the right post.
Parker scored against the run of play when David Zavala beat Burlington keeper Joshua Stankus with a shot launched from about 40 yards away in the 64th minute.
“David’s got the foot for it,” Augustine said. “He’s a player that sees the field well and recognizes where his opportunities are—even from 40 out.”
Young players played most of the minutes Tuesday. The Vikings started four freshmen and three sophomores, while the Demons started six freshmen and had eight on the field at times.
“It looked like the center of the field was where they capitalized,” Augustine said. “With the younger players, it’s a learning curve.”
Parker travels to Mukwonago on Thursday before returning home to face Sugar River in another nonconference match Saturday.
BURLINGTON 6, JANESVILLE PARKER 1
Burlington 4 2—6
Parker 0 1—1
B—Kolton Krueger, 13:13. B—Kyle Bonton, 23:10. B—Dylan Melchiorre, 41:39. B—Melchiorre, 43:01.
B—Melchiorre, 56:32. JP—David Zavala, 63:28. B—Brady Marchese, 79:32.
Saves—Jake Naber (JP) 9, Joshua Stankus (B) 1. Shots—Burlington 33, Parker 8. Shots on goal—Burlington 15, Parker 2. Corner kicks—Burlington 4, Parker 0. Offsides—Burlington 2, Parker 0. Fouls—Burlington 7, Parker 10.