JJ Plascencia scored two goals and Baylor Denu one as Beloit Memorial’s boys soccer team handed Milton its first loss of the season 3-0 Saturday afternoon.
Milton was 7-0-1 heading into the game, but the Purple Knights controlled the action most of the game. They outshot the Red Hawks 17-8 and had 11 corner kicks to Milton’s four.
“We took advantage of their three defender system by applying pressure on their defenders every time they touched the ball and overloading the middle of the field to win any ball they would try to clear quickly,” Beloit head coach Brian Denu said. “Rogelio Escalera, Alonso Martinez and Pablo Guzman-Gayton did a great job controlling the center of the field and finding players quickly once winning possession.”
The coach said Plascencia played his best game of the season and the Knights also got terrific performances from freshman midfielder Miguel Aguilar and Diego Gama, who slowed down Milton’s best player, Deegan Riley.
Goaltender Beckham Denu had six saves, with two of them off free kicks.
“Really proud of the effort by all the guys today,” Denu said. “If we continue to get different guys stepping up every game, we are going to be tough to beat. Today it was JJ, Britton and Miguel offensively and Diego and Beckham defensively. So excited to see how we continue to improve and get better.”
Collecting assists for Beloit were Sala, Denu and Joel White.
Beloit (6-1-2) will host Madison La Follette Tuesday.