A hat trick by Kyle Kirst propelled Cedar Grove-Belgium to a 6-3 win over host Ozaukee in a Central Lakeshore Conference boys’ soccer game Monday.
Kirst scored the game’s first two goals, including one assisted by John Schmidt, as the Rockets jumped ahead early. The lead grew to 3-0 by halftime when a corner kick by Josh Beaudry was redirected by Kirst to a goal by Schmidt.OZAUKEE’S Johannes Kloiber (left) and Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Christian O’Donnell battled for the ball during a Central Lakeshore Conference match Monday. Photo by Sam Arendt
When Schmidt and Kirst added goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period, the margin grew to 5-0.
Ozaukee made things interesting by scoring three unanswered goals, by Johannes Kloiber, Ryan Klippel and Patrick Kroening.
However, the Rockets regained control with a goal and improved their CLC record to 4-5. Ozaukee fell to 1-8.
“Ozaukee has a much improved team,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Eric Miller said. “We played well early, but we let them back in the game a little bit in the second half.”
Ozaukee coach John Annis singled out the play of his scoring players as well as Kaleb Mabry and Brad Lemke on offense and Brad Collins, Hunter Radtke and Jake Wagner on defense.
Howards Grove 4, CG-Belgium 1
The Rockets fell behind late in the first half and couldn’t recover in a conference loss at home Sept. 15.
After Howards Grove took a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute, Cedar Grove-Belgium pulled even with a goal from Schmidt, assisted by Kirst, three minutes later.
However, the Tigers pulled away with goals at 30 and 33 minutes and added an insurance score in the second period.
“It was disappointing because I thought we dominated play,” Miller said. “We had ball possession probably 80% of the time, but we still lost by three.
“Howards Grove had three great goals that we couldn’t do much about.”
CG-Belgium 3, Sheboygan Lutheran 2 (OT)
Josh Ruppel’s goal two minutes into overtime gave the Rockets to a home win over the Central Lakeshore’s last-place team Sept. 13.
The sudden-death score ended a see-saw game in which Cedar Grove-Belgium couldn’t protect leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in regulation.
The Rockets took a 1-0 edge when Schmidt scored with an assist from Kirst. Lutheran pulled even at 1-1 by halftime.
When Ruppel fed Kirst for a goal early in the second period, the Rockets regained the lead. However, Lutheran got another tying goal on a questionable play that could have been called a hand ball, Miller said.
“We didn’t play our best game,” he said. “I had a lot of people playing in different positions, and we had some problems adjusting.”
Cedar Grove-Belgium will resume CLC play Thursday with a 6 p.m. home game against Oostburg and then play a 4:30 p.m. match at Random Lake on Sept. 27.
Warriors struggle to find net
Ozaukee couldn’t use the momentum from its first conference victory in three years on Sept. 8 to pull out any games last week.
On Saturday, the Warriors lost three games at the Kiel Invitational, falling to St. Lawrence Seminary (3-0), Little Chute (7-0) and Roncalli (6-1).
Sean Murphy scored Ozaukee’s only goal with an assist from Brad Collins.
“We started off playing hard but were unable to keep it up for three games. Due to our youth and inexperience, we made some mistakes,” Annis said.
On Sept. 15, the Warriors lost, 10-0, to Central Lakeshore Conference leader Kohler.
“We played poorly in the first half, allowing nine goals to a team which is a well-oiled machine,” Annis said.
“The second half we regrouped and worked harder to keep the ball out of their hands.”
Ozaukee goalkeeper Tyler Klippel had seven saves.
This Thursday, the Warriors will play a 6 p.m. game at Random Lake