Championship at Rocket Invitational gives soccer team a much-needed reprieve during tough season
In a long season marred by inconsistent play, the Port Washington boys’ soccer team got a much-needed shot of confidence last Saturday.
The Pirates captured first-place honors in the Rocket Invitational at Cedar Grove-Belgium High School.PORT WASHINGTON’S Mason Purtell tried to push past a pair of Omro players in a fight for the ball during Saturday’s Rocket Invitational. Port defeated Omro, 2-0, in the semifinals on the way to the tournament title. Photo by Sam Arendt
A 4-3 shootout victory over Two Rivers in the title match gave Port bragging rights in the eight-team tournament.
“We didn’t always play as well as we could have, but it was nice to win it,” said Port coach Mike Bultman, whose team improved to 5-12-1.
Regulation time in the title game ended with a 1-1 tie.
Port struck first when David Cornell scored off a cross from Eric Graf in the fifth minute. However, Two Rivers pulled even with a goal in the 32nd minute.
In the penalty-kick shootout, Port got goals from Cornell, Carlos Helmstedt, Dan Macek and Alex Becker.
The Pirates opened the tournament with a 7-0 win over Ozaukee in the quarterfinals.
Alex Bello led the romp by scoring a hat trick and had two assists. Also scoring were Graf, Colin Kinzer, Marcos Rodriguez and Kyle Kinzler.
Contributing one assist apiece were James Klotz, Nick Kopp and Tyler Grisar.
In the semifinals, Port blanked Omro, 2-0.
Rodriguez provided the game-winning goal when he netted a header off a pass from Klotz in the 23rd minute. Mason Purtell added an insurance score in the 44th minute.
Other local teams trail field
Among other local teams in the tournament, Cedar Grove-Belgium placed sixth and Ozaukee was last.
The host Rockets opened play with a 3-0 loss to Omro, allowing two goals in the first half.
Injuries to top scorer Kyle Kirst and goalkeeper Chris Uselding helped leave Cedar Grove-Belgium short-handed for the tournament.
“We had trouble scoring goals, and the goals we gave up were definitely defensive breakdowns,” Rockets coach Eric Miller said.
Cedar Grove-Belgium bounced back to defeat Ozaukee, 1-0, in the consolation semifinals.
Freshman midfielder Stuart Friberg scored for the Rockets. They also got a solid effort from back-up goalkeeper Joe Schmidt, who “had a couple of big saves for us,” Miller said.
The Rockets’ day ended with a 3-0 loss to Living Word Lutheran in the fifth-place final.
After taking a 1-0 lead into halftime, Lutheran pulled away with goals in the 42nd and 47th minutes.
Cedar Grove-Belgium finished the tournament with a 6-13-2 season mark.
After losing to Port and Cedar Grove-Belgium, Ozaukee finished the day with a 4-1 loss to Coulee Christian. The game was tied at 1-1 at halftime before Christian
moved ahead for good with a goal in the 30th minute.