Janesville Craig, Parker play to a scoreless tie
JANESVILLE It was probably fitting that Tuesday’s Big Eight Conference boys soccer showdown between Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker ended in a scoreless tie.
The two teams were that evenly matched.
Although both teams had numerous scoring chances, nothing got behind Craig goalkeeper Peter Cooney or Parker’s Jonathan Fillion.
“The goalies on each end were the MVPs of this game,” Parker coach Andy Holmes said. “Fillion and Cooney were both phenomenal.
“For Janesville soccer, we’re lucky to have quality goalkeepers like that.”
Parker (0-2-1) nearly won the game late in regulation. Cooney robbed Tyler Weilbrenner’s penalty kick attempt at 73:30, and then scooped up Weilbrenner’s rebound attempt to keep the game scoreless.
Craig (2-1-1) had a goal in the second overtime nullified due to an offsides call, and Adrian Silva’s shot on goal at 19:30 hit the crossbar and bounced over the goal.
Despite the tie, Craig coach Charles Friedrich said some positives came out of the game.
“Both teams fought to the bitter end, and given the sitution, I would say a tie is a fair result,” Friedrich said. “We didn’t lose, but once again it came down to not finishing our scoring chances.
“In essence, for them (Parker), it’s probably a moral victory to hold their ground with us. For us, we thought we had that goal at the end and from our angle it looked like we were onsides, but that’s not how they (officials) saw it.”
Fillion finished with nine saves, Cooney made five.
Parker returns to Big Eight action Thursday at Madison Memorial, while Craig hosts Madison West.
CRAIG 0, PARKER 0 (2 OT)
Janesville Craig 0 0 0 0—0
Janesville Parker 0 0 0 0—0
Saves—Peter Cooney (Craig) 5, Jonathan Fillion (Parker) 9.