Grafton soccer finds its offense

Port hangs around with top team in Division 2
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

It doesn’t have a place to play yet, but the Grafton High School boys’ soccer team discovered it does have a potent offense when the Black Hawks play together and give everything they’ve got.

The Hawks last Thursday walloped Martin Luther, 9-2, at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee and won, 6-3, at North Shore Conference foe West Bend East on Sept. 4.

Against Luther, Max Stilb, Jonathan Weinhold and Bryce Jobe each scored goals in the first 16 minutes. Weinhold, Stilb and Carter Day each had an assist.

The game was 3-1 at half, before the Hawks took the game over.

Colton Nicolicvyk scored two goals in a row, then Day scored twice, followed by Stilb and Brandon Pegalow.

Assists in that six-goal stretch came from Jobe, Brett Braaten, Pegalow, Stilb and Mike Martins.

“We got that early goal and it just builds the momentum. We got another one a few minutes later and then went into cruise pattern and they made it a game,” coach Don Arnold said.

In the second half, “It was just a matter of us being a little more focused and direct.”

On defense, Arnold praised the play of Elijah Voss in the center back position, playing strong and fast.

Against East, Nathan Wagner scored the first goal from 18 yards out on a touch from Stilb.

After the Suns evened the score in the 19th minute, the Hawks scored three times in a five-minute span “to take a little bit of life out of them,” Arnold said.

Weinhold scored on an assist from Victor Geiser in the 24th minute, then Day on an assist from Stilb in the 28th minute and Weinhold on an assist from Stilb in the 29th minute.

Weinhold scored unassisted in the 36th minute, and in the second half Jobe scored on an assist from Stilb in the 83rd minute.

The Hawks, 2-1-1 and 1-0 in the North Shore Conference, were scheduled to play NSC foe Homestead at Uihlein on Tuesday, at Whitefish Bay on Thursday and at Sheboygan Falls on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The Hawks’ field was reseeded in spring and is still not ready. When it will be suitable for play isn’t known, Arnold said.

Port running into top competition

Port Washington on Sept. 4 lost to Division 2’s No. 1-ranked team, 3-0.

The Pirates hung around with Whitefish Bay until the Blue Dukes scored two goals in the final five minutes of the first half.

“That was tough,” coach Sean O’Brien said. “We like to go into halftime at zeros.”

In the second half, “I thought our guys fought hard.”

The Blue Dukes scored on a rebound after goalkeeper Cale Theis made a nice save.

O’Brien was pleased with the play of junior midfielder Thomas Garant, who “had a lot of energy and was winning 50-50 balls and did a good job controlling the midfield” and senior midfielder Ben Hughes, who served as the team’s field general.

Port’s quad tournament last Friday and Saturday was canceled due to wet field conditions.

The early season North Shore Conference schedule has not been kind to Port. On Tuesday, they were scheduled to host Nicolet. On Thursday, the Pirates play at Cedarburg. Both opponents are ranked in the top three in Division 2.

On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the Pirates face NSC foe Hartford at 7 p.m., followed by a game  on Sept. 20 at Homestead, which is ranked in Division 1.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us. The guys are up for it,” O’Brien said.

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