Dutchmen’s first-half flurry hands CG-B boys their first conference loss
A hard-fought game left the Cedar Grove-Belgium boys’ soccer team with its first Central Lakeshore Conference loss of the season Monday.
Surrendering a pair of first-half goals, the host Rockets fell to Oostburg, 2-0.
“We had the run of play for the first three or four minutes, but then the wheels fell off,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Jim Schmidt said.
“We ended up playing back on our heels most of the first half.”
The Flying Dutchmen took control with goals by Patrick Mauer and Nathan Joosse.
In the second period, the Rockets regrouped and “played much better soccer,” Schmidt said.
Cedar Grove-Belgium, which fell to 1-4-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference, was missing several key players. In addition, forward Zach Garza played but was slowed by a leg injury.
“We have the horses, but we haven’t been able to get everybody together at the same time yet,” Schmidt said.
CG-Belgium struggles in tournament
A short-handed lineup hampered the Rockets at last weekend’s Central Wisconsin Christian Tournament in Waupun, where they were winless in three games.
After playing Waupun to a 1-1 tie in the first round Friday, the Rockets lost a coin flip used to determine who would advance. Both teams agreed to forego a shootout due to inclement weather.
After Waupun took a 1-0 lead, Cedar Grove-Belgium pulled even on a goal by junior forward Kyle Kirst.
In Saturday’s consolation round, Cedar Grove-Belgium lost to Green Bay New Lutheran, 2-0, and Central Wisconsin Christian, 7-0.
The game against New Lutheran was scoreless at halftime, thanks in part to the Rockets having several near misses.
“We had a number of scoring opportunities and had one shot off the post and another off the crossbar,” Schmidt said. “It wasn’t going in for us.”
Christian dominated play in the final game, using its talent and depth to overpower a Rockets team that included five freshmen.
“We took along a lot of young kids because we were short players, and they did pretty well,” Schmidt said.
CG-Belgium 8, Ozaukee 2
The Rockets found the net early and often on the way to a road win in the Central Lakeshore Conference opener for both teams Aug. 19.
Kirst had four goals, and one apiece were scored by Garza, Alex Romanini, Josh Ruppel and Zach Peiffer.
Ozaukee scored twice in the second half after Cedar Grove-Belgium had a 7-0 lead.
In recognition of Ozaukee’s young, short-handed lineup — which was down to nine players in the second half — Schmidt pulled several of his own players.
“In the second half, we played with eight — seven on the field and one keeper,” he said. “There was no need to beat up on a team like Ozaukee that’s trying to get it together.”
The loss dropped the Warriors to 0-2 overall.
Kiel 5, CG-Belgium 1
A three-goal flurry by the visiting team helped saddle the Rockets with a nonconference loss in their season opener Aug. 17.
Kiel jumped to a 2-0 lead before Kirst scored in the 30th minute with an assist from Peiffer. However, Kiel pulled away in the second period.
“We learned that we have to play with discipline and not just speed and quickness,” Schmidt said. “A lot of teams are as big and fast as we are, so we have to be smarter.”
The Rockets will resume their CLC schedule Thursday at Random Lake and play at Sheboygan Christian on Aug. 31. Both games start at 4:30 p.m.
Campbellsport 9, Ozaukee 0
The Warriors trailed by only 2-0 at halftime but fell victim to a second-period avalanche in their season opener on the road Aug. 17.
“We played a good first half and part of the second half, but we just ran out of gas,” said Ozaukee coach John Annis, whose team started the year with only 11 players on its roster.
Annis praised the efforts of keeper Tyler Flanders and defense Jeff Kresse.
The Warriors will resume conference play with 4:30 p.m. at Howards Grove on Thursday and at home against Oostburg on Aug. 31.
FORWARD KYLE KIRST (right) got ready to dribble past an Oostburg defender during Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Central Lakeshore Conference home opener Monday. Oostburg scored a 2-0 win. Photo by Sam Arendt