Janesville Craig boys soccer coach Garrett McCabe wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from senior forward Zach Currie after he missed his junior year with an injury.
McCabe certainly didn’t expect Currie to make such an immediate impact.
Currie scored 28 goals in 21 matches for the Cougars. The mark ranked second in the Big Eight Conference, and Currie was named first-team all-conference when awards were announced recently.
“His immediate impact to our offense was obvious. To be able to score 28 goals after sitting out a season is pretty spectacular,” McCabe said. “Our total goal output, in general, was way up. And the presence he has on the field makes everybody else’s job a little bit easier because he attracts a lot of attention.”
Currie had 10 multi-goal games, including scoring four in a nonconference match at West Allis Hale and another hat trick in a shutout of Lodi. He had nine goals and three of his five assists on the year in Big Eight play.
Craig junior midfielder Ivan Pacheco and senior defender Mac Ryan were named all-Big Eight second team, and senior Ross March was an honorable mention for a Craig team that went 11-8-3 overall and 2-6-1 in league play.
“All you can do as a coach is hope to continue to improve each year, and we did this year,” McCabe said. “I hate that we had an early knockout (in playoffs), but the boys performed at their highest level possible.”
Parker senior Cesar Garcia was named honorable mention for a Vikings team that went 2-16-1 overall and 0-9 in the Big Eight.