Port kickers take gold in Sheboygan

This year’s Redwing title match results in victory
Ozaukee Press staff

Plenty of Port Washington High School soccer players got experience at last Saturday’s Sheboygan South Redwing Invitational, and they played well enough to come home with the trophy this year.

In a rematch of last year’s title bout, the Pirates avenged last year’s 3-2 loss by beating Kohler, 2-1.

Port took an early lead behind a junior that coach Sean O’Brien had hoped would step up this season.

“Charlie Neitzke got a nice through ball and buried it,” O’Brien said.

With less than 10 minutes to play, the Blue Bombers tied the game.

“We were in control. They had a nice finish where we didn’t stay with some runners,” O’Brien said.

Not long after that, Skylar Shafer found a pass inside the box, “made a great cut and was taken down.”

Senior and North Shore Conference second-team player Ben Hughes stepped up for the penalty kick.

“He buried it and the guys went crazy,” O’Brien said.

But the coach missed the play. O’Brien said it’s his superstition not to watch penalty kicks.

It was the Pirates’ third victory of the day, covering 150 minutes of soccer.

O’Brien praised the play of Shafer, Neil Schlessinger and Thomas Garant, all of whom saw significant minutes.

Establishing depth and getting players experience, O’Brien said, is important early in the season since injuries will occur.

Port Washington 2, Brown Deer 0

Port broke the ice in its tournament opener with a goal from Will Handziak on an assist from Patrick Zamora. The pass came from the back to the middle, and Handziak volleyed it into the net with the side of his foot from about 12 yards out.

“It was a great assist,” O’Brien said.

Cody Seitz poked the second goal through after a scrum.

“It was a perfect way to start the tournament. We got scoring from guys coming off the bench giving us good minutes,” O’Brien said.

He credited the play of Zamora, who is doing well in his move to back right after playing three years at forward, and Jake Markiewicz for directing defenders.

O’Brien said he subbed more on defense in the past couple of games than he did all season.

Port Washington 2, Howards Grove 2

Hughes gave the Pirates a 2-0 halftime lead with highlight-reel unassisted goals.

“For both goals, he dribbled through about five or six Howards Grove guys and buried it home,” O’Brien said.

“It was some video game-type stuff, Nobody could keep up with him on the field.”

The Tigers countered, however, and Port had a couple of defensive lapses that led to a tie score, 2-2.

Port won, 3-4, on penalty kicks to decide which team would play for the title.

Goal keeper Eric Marquette made some big saves, and Shafer got the game-winner.

Shorewood 1, Port Washington 0

The Pirates started their season on Aug. 21 against a challenging North Shore Conference opponent.

“We came out and Shorewood put us under a lot of pressure. We struggled to keep up with them in the first half, we were lucky to be tied,” O’Brien said.

Port came out the aggressor in the second half, earning two good shots, one that hit a post. Carson Roller had a “beautiful first-time volley that just went wide,” O’Brien said.

Shorewood scored with about 10 minutes to play.

“We didn’t get the win but we learned a lot,” O’Brien said.

Port’s Tuesday game against Homestead was moved to Sept. 20 due to field conditions and weather.

The Pirates host Plymouth for youth night at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Anyone with a Port Soccer Club shirt gets in free.

Port plays at Whitefish Bay on Tuesday, Sept. 4.



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