Winless weekend trip to Mukwonago leaves Port boys searching for answers
A trip to Mukwonago left the Port Washington boysâ soccer team searching for answers last weekend.
Despite staying close to each of three opponents in a two-day tournament, the Pirates came home winless, including being handed a 2-0 loss by Thomas More in the seventh-place game Saturday afternoon.
âWe didnât play very well at all,â said Port coach Mike Bultman, whose team fell to 0-3-1 after opening the season with a tie earlier in the week.
âWe played very flat in the first game (a 2-1 loss to Burlington), played much better in the second game (a 1-0 loss to Madison East) and made a lot of mistakes in the last game.
âWe have a lot of things to work on.â
In the opening round against Burlington on Friday, the Pirates came out tentative and paid the price.
Burlington took a 1-0 lead when it scored off a free kick in the 20th minute.
Port pulled even in the second half of the 60-minute game on a direct free kick by senior forward Marcos Rodriguez.
However, with five minutes to play, Burlington scored on a 40-yard shot following a collision that left Port defenders out of position, Bultman said.
On the Piratesâ last scoring chance in the closing minutes, a free kick by Rodriguez sailed over the crossbar.
In the consolation semifinals against East, Port âplayed with a lot more energy,â Bultman said.
However, in the 50th minute, East caught the Piratesâ defense off guard with a shot that slipped past the keeper for the gameâs lone score.
Against Thomas More, Port had four or five good scoring opportunities but couldnât find the net, according to Bultman.
âI thought we were the better team, but we couldnât convert our chances,â he added.
Port 1, Sheb. Christian/Lutheran 1 (tie)
The host Pirates rallied to salvage a nonconference draw in their season opener against Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran on Aug. 14.
Trailing, 1-0, Port drew even in the 73rd minute on an unassisted goal by Alex Huebner.
The game was scoreless until Christian got its goal at 67 minutes.
âChristian was aggressive and athletic, and weâre still trying to find out whoâs going to play where,â Bultman said.
âWe were lucky to keep the game that close. (Christian) had some shots that bounced off the post.â
The Pirates' offense was slowed by the absence of Rodriguez, who was not available for the game.
This week, Port opened its North Shore Conference schedule against Milwaukee Lutheran on Tuesday.
The Pirates will continue league play with a 7 p.m. match Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Homestead.
Image Information: A CLOSE-QUARTERS battle for the ball ensued when Port Washingtonâs Kelvyn Larsson tried to dribble past a Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran player in a nonconference soccer game last week. Photo by Sam Arendt