Pirates spooked at Uihlein Soccer Park
There's no sugar coating it. Even great-tasting candy on Halloween Night won't sweeten the bad taste Pewaukee's varsity boys soccer team had in its mouth.
Pewaukee, the No. 1 ranked team in the state in Division 3 by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association, walked off seemingly stunned after a 1-0 double-overtime defeat against Green Bay Notre Dame in the WIAA Division 3 state semifinal at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee on Oct. 31.
The Tritons won the game in double overtime, getting the only goal of the match from senior forward Kieran DeGroot in the 91st minute. Senior midfielder Greg Michalski was given the assist.
Pewaukee won the shots-on-goal battle, 13-11, getting most of the opportunities in the second half. The Pirates had three corner kicks in the rainy conditions. Senior goalie Garrett Shibilski made four saves for the Pirates (20-1-3), while his counterpart, senior Austin Watzka, ended up with six saves. Neither goalie had to make any highlight-reel stops, as the game was played in the middle of the field for the most part without much buildup on either side.
"We didn't possess; they did a better job possessing than us tonight," Pewaukee head boys soccer coach Randy Staus said. "For whatever reason, we played too fast."
Three shots for Pewaukee came from sophomore forward Griffin Jende. Senior forward Alex Zabel had two shots, and junior midfielder Chandler Bentley had the other shot. With none cashed in, it marked the third time Pewaukee had fallen in the state semifinal in as many visits to the state tournament.
Other seniors on this memorable team at Pewaukee were midfielder Raymond Jacquette, midfielder Bennett Wiley, midfielder Carter Allen, defender Jake Nevermann, forward Joe Mallerdino, midfielder Brad Nagel, midfielder Eric Collins and midfielder Chris Treadwell.
Green Bay Notre Dame had a chance to win the game in the 89th minute on a shot off the cross bar from senior midfielder Caleb Smyth.
"We are extremely happy and excited and enjoy the state tournament experience," Green Bay Notre Dame head boys soccer coach Bob Richards said. "I thought the weather made it tough at times for both teams to control and possess, but fortunately, we found a way to score tonight."
Green Bay Notre Dame won for the sixth consecutive time and is unbeaten in its last 14 matches.
"Not much to say. We picked a bad time to not play well," Staus added.
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