Offensive-minded week leaves Black Hawks with 25-2 scoring advantage against four overmatched opponents
The timing was right for the Grafton boys’ soccer team last week.
Sharpening their shooting touch with the WIAA playoffs just around the corner, the Black Hawks bolted past four opponents during a run that was capped by a first-place finish in their own tournament Saturday.
“It was definitely a good offensive push for us,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said after watching his squad outscore foes, 25-2, during the week.
“We came out strong and made the most of our scoring chances.”
In last weekend’s four-team tournament, the Hawks blanked Luxemburg-Casco, 3-0, in Friday’s semifinals and trounced Milwaukee King, 9-0, in Saturday’s title game.
Luxemburg-Casco gave Grafton a battle and only trailed, 1-0, at halftime. Matt Salm scored in the 24th minute, assisted by Jake Demerath.
The margin held until the 63rd minute, when Salm added an unassisted goal. Four minutes later, Demerath set up a goal by Adam Huibregste.
“We knew Luxemburg-Casco would give us a tough game. They’re athletic and organized,” Arnold said.
By contrast, Grafton made short work of King, which defeated St. John’s Military Academy in the semifinals. The Hawks got three goals in the first six minutes — by Huibregste, Tyler Howard and Will Favret — and held a 5-0 lead at halftime.
Favret finished with three goals, Huibregste had two, and Howard, Demerath, Ben Lorge and Will Skalecki added one apiece. Demerath and Logan Block each had two assists, and Howard, Lorge and Favret had one apiece.
The tournament improved the Hawks' season record to 16-3-1.
“We’re having a solid season. Every time we’ve gotten beat, we’ve been able to bounce back with a win,” Arnold said.
Grafton 7, Hartford 2
The Hawks scored six goals in the first half in an impressive nonconference home win Oct. 3.
“We came out and were just clicking,” Arnold said. “We finished on our first three or four opportunities.”
Demerath started the flurry by converting a penalty kick in the fifth minute. Before the break, Huibregste and Brendan Larsen each scored twice, and Brendon Konon added a goal.
Larsen, a junior forward, collected a hat trick with a second-period goal.
Owen Hanisko had both of Hartford’s goals.
Grafton 6, Milwaukee Lutheran 0
After a slow start, the Hawks got rolling in a North Shore Conference home win Oct. 1.
Favret found the net first in the 23rd minute with an assist from Howard, and Huibregste made it 2-0 with an assist from Demerath at 30:48.
In the second half, Grafton added goals by Demerath, Huibregste, Favret and Ben Bauman. Salm had two assists, and Bauman and Favret each had one.
This week, the Hawks were scheduled to wrap up regular-season play with nonconference games against Winnebago Lutheran on Tuesday and at Shorewood at 7 p.m. Friday.
Image Information: GRAFTON’S WILL FAVRET moved in to deflect a pass from a Luxemburg-Casco player during their teams’ semifinal game in the Black Hawk Invitational last Friday. Grafton won, 3-0, and advanced to Saturday’s championship match, in which Favret scored three goals to help the Hawks defeat Milwaukee King, 9-0. Photo by Sam Arendt