EVANSVILLE — Landon Zorn scored in the 82nd minute for Fort Atkinson, but the Blackhawks gave up an equalizer in the 89th minute and settled for a 1-1 draw against Evansville in non-conference soccer on Friday night.
It was the fourth goal in two days for Zorn, who was assisted by Jimmy Keelty for the third time in two games.
“We started the game with two players not able to attend and lost three players to game-ending injury,” Fort coach Kent Lovejoy said. “It was tough for a roster that was not very deep to begin with, but our boys showed a lot of character tonight.”
By some measures, Fort escaped with a draw; though the scoring sequence appears otherwise. The Blackhawks were outshot, 19-6.
“We had a little luck on the field with a couple of crossbars hit,” Lovejoy said. “Those are the types of games that are remembered for years by players sacrificing for each other.”
Fort Atkinson will continue its season on the road against Burlington in non-conference action Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
Eagles swept at Craig Triangular
JANESVILLE — Jefferson’s soccer team lost to Janesville Craig 2-1 and got shut out 3-0 by Racine Horlick at the Craig Triangular on Saturday.
Edward Serrano scored a penalty-kick goal in the 21st minute against Craig as Jefferson (2-2-0) opened up a 1-0 lead.
Craig’s Alan Pacheco connected on the equalizer in the 53rd minute off a deflection and Rodrigo Villanueva knocked in the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute on a questionable penalty kick.
“We started the first game very well and generated a few opportunities in the first half when Edward Serrano scored,” Jefferson boys soccer coach Sam El-Beri said. “Janesville Craig scored at the beginning of the second half by a shot that got deflected and found the corner of the net. We played back-and-forth soccer with Janesville and that was very exciting to see until the last minutes of the game when the referee called a handball in the box by my defender.
“Janesville won the game with a penalty kick. I felt the referee made a bad call because the ball hit the ground and bounced back to the hand of my player and that’s not handling.”
In the second game, Racine Horlick’s Ramiro Garcia had an unassisted goal in each half and Noah Trevino scored unassisted in the 75th minute.
“That was a very good test for my boys,” El-Beri said of the two games. “Playing against Division 1 schools, we almost won one (game). That’s going to get us ready to play our conference (games) and knowing where we stand as a team.”
Jefferson senior goalie Hayden Radloff made three saves versus Craig and stopped six shots against Horlick.
The Eagles host Lodi today at 6:45 p.m. for a non-conference game.
JANESVILLE CRAIG 2, JEFFERSON 1
Jefferson 1 0 — 1
Janes. Craig 0 2 — 2
First half: J — Serrano (PK), 20:07.
Second half: JC — Pacheco, 52:20; Villanueva (PK), 79:00.
Saves: J (Radloff) 3; JC (Bienema) 4.
RACINE HORLICK 3, JEFFERSON 0
Jefferson 0 0 — 0
Rac. Horlick 1 2 — 3
First half: Garcia, 23:60.
Second half: Garcia, 68:52; Trevino, 74:29.
Saves: J (Radloff) 6, RH (Heiman) 2.