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Written by STEVEā€ˆOSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 23:22

Grafton notches two more wins, but coach sees room to improve

The early season beat went on for the Grafton boys’ soccer team last week.

After cruising past Homestead, 7-2, in their North Shore Conference opener Sept. 1, the Black Hawks blanked Plymouth, 2-0, in a Friday road win that improved their overall record to 6-0.

Even so, coach Don Arnold believes his squad has more to prove.

“We played well, but the guys have a lot more in them,” he said.

“We’ve got to work harder. There have been some solid games, but we need to play hard for 90 minutes, not just 60 or 70.”

Despite being held to their lowest scoring output of the season, the Hawks had little trouble against Plymouth.

Jake Demerath gave Grafton the only goal it needed in the 23rd minute when he scored off a pass from Quinton Riddle.

The Hawks maintained a 1-0 edge until Logan Block found the net from 20 yards out at 53 minutes.

“It was a game we dominated with the majority of possession,” Arnold said.

“Plymouth has a strong, physical back line that was hard to penetrate, but we kept the pressure on.”

Although the win was a big plus, the game showed his team needs work on pacing, according to Arnold.

“We were a little too methodical, not picking up the pace like we should,” he said.

Against Homestead, Grafton wasted no time cashing in on its home field and surged to a 5-0 lead in the first half.

Block started the flurry with a goal, assisted by Riddle, in the 12th minute. After Demerath scored an unassisted goal at 25:03, Richard Schomers converted a shot with an assist from Danny Bader at 26:46.

Bader made it 4-0 in the 32nd minute with an assist from Brian Holdmann, and Demerath added another unassisted goal at 40:22.

Nothing friendly about this Homestead PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 23:20

Hard-hitting foe shows little mercy against former coach’s new Grafton team

After spending 20 seasons watching Homestead football teams he helped coach dish out tough lessons to opponents, Fritz Rauch got a taste of the other side last Friday.

It came in a form of a 36-0 loss for Grafton, which was playing its first North Shore Conference game with Rauch at the helm.

This was a strange learning experience, the former Homestead defensive coordinator admitted.

“That was very different, looking at Homestead from across the field,” Rauch said.

“Our kids played hard, but a game like this showed us that our players and our staff have a long way to go. I have tremendous respect for Homestead’s program. They not only have had great success, but they’ve done it the right way.

“I told our kids after the game that our goal is to play at the level that Homestead is at.”

To their credit, the host Black Hawks did everything they could to stay with Homestead, whose impressive size, numbers and talent have made it a perennial state power.

Rocket runners hold their own against big-school foes PDF Print E-mail
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 23:18

CG-Belgium boys, girls race past teams from larger programs at Highlander Cross Country Classic

Cedar Grove-Belgium teams again showed they can run with foes from larger schools during the Homestead Highlander Cross Country Classic at Tendick Park in Saukville last Saturday.

The Rocket boys scored 243 points, good for eighth place out of 14 teams, and defeated bigger squads such as Hartford, Menomonee Falls, Brookfield Central, Cedarburg and Sheboygan North.

Wisconsin Lutheran won the team title with 51 points.

Ian Ison paced Cedar Grove-Belgium with a 5,000-meter time of 17 minutes, 18 seconds, good for 11th place.

The Rockets’ other scoring finishes were Stephen Lavey in 14th (17:22), Eric Isken in 61st (19:05), Abel Brockman in  78th (19:48) and James Krauska in 79th (19:58).

In the girls’ competition, Cedar Grove-Belgium took ninth out of 12 teams with 223 points, finishing ahead of Menomonee Falls, Sheboygan North and Cedarburg.

Brookfield Central was first with 79 points.

Emily Sass led the Rockets with a 10th-place time of 20:36. She was followed by Sydni Loose in 33rd (21:41), Maggie Turchinski in 51st (22:27), Grace Voskuil in 63rd (23:00) and Elysia Hoopman in 66th (23:13).

“I was pleased. We had some really good performances individually,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Les Paul said.

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