Grafton’s 2-0-1 mark nets 3rd place at Xavier Invite; Port scuffles in Falls quad
An undefeated effort netted the Grafton boys’ soccer team a third-place finish at the Xavier Invitational in Appleton last weekend.GRAFTON’S KEVIN JOHNSON tried to steal the ball from a fallen Nicolet player during their teams’ North Shore Conference game last week. Grafton won, 3-0. Photo by Sam Arendt
Although the Black Hawks won two of their three games in the six-team tournament, a 2-2 tie that led to a shootout loss against Fox Valley Lutheran cost them a shot at the title.
“We played pretty well the whole tournament,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.
“We had a tough game against Fox Valley Lutheran, but we kept battling back. It was a nice team effort.”
The Hawks, who improved their season record to 8-4-1, opened the tournament with a 3-0 win over Appleton West on Friday.
Willie McElligott helped Grafton take control by scoring goals in the seventh and 18th minutes with assists from Nick Bocanegra and Aaron Hodges, respectively. In the 44th minute, McElligott set up an insurance goal by Wolfgang Pilarski.
In their first game Saturday, the Hawks overcame a pair of deficits to force the shootout against Fox Valley Lutheran.
After Lutheran scored in the 11th minute, Grafton got a goal from Jacob Kellett, assisted by Bocanegra, at 21 minutes. Lutheran scored in the 34th minute, but the Hawks answered when Hodges found the net at 54 minutes with an assist from Kellett.
The tie-breaking shootout went to the ninth penalty kick before Lutheran prevailed, 7-6.
Green Bay Notre Dame went undefeated in winning the tournament title. Lutheran was second.
Grafton 3, Nicolet 0
McElligott scored twice as the Hawks scored a North Shore Conference road win on Sept. 13.
After an unassisted goal by McElligott in the seventh minute allowed Grafton to take a 1-0 lead into halftime, Kellett doubled the margin with an assist from Bocanegra at 44 minutes. McElligott added a goal at 65:20.
“We came out and got an early lead and dominated play from there,” Arnold said. “It was an important game for us to win to get back on track in the conference.”
This week, the Hawks took a 2-2 NSC record into a Tuesday game against Whitefish Bay.
On Friday and Saturday, Grafton will host the annual Black Hawk Invitational, a four-team tournament that also includes Luxemburg-Casco, Milwaukee Pius and Kenosha St. Joseph.
Semifinal games will be at 5 and 7 p.m. Friday, with Grafton playing the second game. On Saturday, the consolation final is at 9 a.m., followed by the championship match at 11 a.m.
Pirates struggle at invitational
The Port Washington boys’ soccer team had a tough time at the Sheboygan Falls quadrangular last Saturday, going winless in three games.
After opening with a 2-1 loss to East Troy, the Pirates were blanked by Howards Grove, 3-0, and fell to Sheboygan Falls, 3-1.
Against state-ranked East Troy, Port fell behind, 1-0, in the 30th minute but pulled even two minutes later with a goal by Dan Macek, assisted by Eric Graf. East Troy got the winning goal in the 48th minute.
“I thought we played one of our better games of the season,” Port coach Mike Bultman said.
However, the Pirates ran out of steam in their next two matches and fell behind, 3-0, by intermission each time, Bultman said.
The tournament left Port with a 3-10 season record.
Whitefish Bay 10, Port Washington 0
Port couldn’t stay with a high-powered foe in a North Shore Conference loss at home Sept. 13.
The Blue Dukes dominated play and built a 6-0 lead by halftime.
“They had too much speed, and we just didn’t compete with them,” Bultman said.
Port fell to 1-3 in league games.
This week, the Pirates continued NSC play Tuesday against Germantown. On Sept. 27, they will host Cedarburg at 7 p.m.