Grafton’s goal quartet wins trophy again

Sumner, Hensel and Pegelow lead the effort to beat Port Washington in the Timm Snider Memorial Game
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A strong second half in front of a robust crowd kept the coveted Timm Snider Trophy in Grafton for the second straight year on Oct. 4.

The Black Hawks, after missing out on a few opportunities in the scoreless first 40 minutes, came out firing in the second stanza on their way to a 4-1 victory over Port Washington on senior night in the 22nd Timm Snider Memorial Game.

“It’s a dream. Ever since I joined my freshman year, I wanted my senior year to be as glorious as I had played in my younger years. To come out here and win it, it’s just great,” senior co-captain and center back Lukas Hensel said as he proudly held the trophy after the game.

“It means a lot, this being my senior year. Last home game, senior night, parent night.  This game just means a lot, and the trophy is just the cherry on top of everything,” senior keeper Charlie Rose said.

Hensel got the party started in the 47th minute with a short goal. The ball bounced around in the box after a free kick, and Hensel put it home.

Junior forward Cayden Sumner, Grafton’s leading scorer, scored on a shot to the right corner in the 55th minute to make it 2-0.

Less than three minutes later, Port senior center back Erik Krueger cut the deficit in half with an “amazing upper 90 shot that gave us some inspiration that we’re still in this fight,” Port coach Tyler Schultz said.

Hawk junior defender Cayden Pegelow scored in the 68th minute on a short shot from right to left on an assist from junior midfielder Austin Eigenberger to make it 3-1.

Sumner added a second goal from the right side in the 77th minute for the game’s final score.

Eigenberger, Pegelow and Hensel each had an assist for the Hawks.

“We’re a second-half team, I feel like, so coming out with a little bit of fire from coach really helped us get going,” Sumner said.

“We came out explosive, controlled the midfield more, which is what we went away from in the first half with some passing instead of some long balls. With the short combinations in the middle, we were able to get some goals out of it.”

Sophomore forward Luke Jackson said the team kicked into a higher gear in the second half.

“We had to ramp it up more,” he said.

“The wingbacks started pressing up a little bit. Lukas Hensel, our team captain, really saved us a couple of times in the back. Overall, we got more solid. We communicated more. We got the tap-ins that we missed in the first half. We actually executed this time.”

The Pirates managed a few scoring opportunities to get back in the game, but the Hawks shut them down. If it wasn’t the Hensel-led defense, it was Rose.

“It’s rewarding when my defense works hard so I want to try and match their energy and save the balls that I can,” Rose said.

Rose relished the match-up with Port’s keeper Spencer Struckman, two of the busiest in the North Shore Conference given several teams’ high-power offenses.

“It’s definitely intimidating, though, sometimes, because when he makes a good save I’m forced to kind of make a good save, too,” Rose said.

“I leaned into them a little bit and let them know I was disappointed with how the first half went,” Grafton coach Jason Rodgers said.

“It was a much better second half. I think the energy was just there and they treated it like a must-win game.”

For Schultz, it was a difficult loss.

“With me being a Grafton graduate and playing for them, it’s tough,” he said.

Port senior center back Connor Cowen said the Pirates changed formations from four or five players in the back in the first half to three.

“We went for what coach called a little more of a glass cannon. We pushed a lot of our players up, it was zero-zero and we needed to put something in. They just had way better scoring opportunities,” Cowen said.

“I thought we really played a good game. In the second half it got a little out of hand but we put one in and we held them even in the first half. I’m not disappointed in our playing.”

Rodgers praised Hensel for leading the defense.

“He’s been solid, and I’ve put a lot of weight on his shoulders to hold down the defense and pull the strings back there. It’s great having a guy back there you can just trust,” he said.

He also lauded the play of senior midfielder Jordan Guerra.

“He doesn’t get the numbers but his tireless work rate such as getting back defensively — he does all the little things for us. We don’t succeed as a team if he doesn’t do what he does,” he said.

Grafton, 3-5 in the NSC, played at Hartford on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and plays at Oostburg on Thursday. Grafton earned a 9 seed in the Division 3 playoffs and plays at No. 8 Kettle Moraine Lutheran at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Port, 1-7 in the NSC, lost to nonconference foe Milwaukee Reagan, 1-0, last Thursday. They hosted Cedarburg on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and play at Wauwatosa West on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Port got an 11 seed in the Division 2 tournament and plays at No. 6 Wauwatosa West at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.

About Timm Snider

Snider grew up in Port Washington and played on the first club team formed in the city. As a Pirate, he was a team captain and earned first and second-team all-conference honors.

In 1990, Snider, born in 1969, became the youngest coach to lead a team — the Port girls — to the state tournament. He also coached the boys’ team in Grafton, reaching the sectional finals in the early 1990s.

Snider ran youth soccer camps, played on the Milwaukee Sport Club Major and Reserve teams and ran a soccer store called Sportworks.

He played a soccer game the night before his heart went into an abnormal arrhythmia, which led to his death at 32 in 2001.

His family members and friends present the trophy named in Snider’s honor to the winning team each year.

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