Soccer teams get plenty of experience on sunny, fall day

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Port Washington and Cedar Grove-Belgium high schools’ boys’ soccer teams picked up a wealth of experience last week, playing a combined nine games.

Port went 2-3, picking up both wins at the Rocket Invite in Cedar Grove on Saturday.

The Pirates started with a 3-0 win over Living Word Lutheran. Senior center midfielder Porter Bostwick had two goals and sophomore forward Turner Styles had one.

Backup keeper George Pasco helped preserve the clean sheet with a highlight-reel save. The freshman launched himself into the air to his left and caught the ball cleanly before falling to the ground.

In the second game, coach Tyler Schultz said his team got a little tired in a 2-0 loss to Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran.

The Pirates got an energy boost for the third game in a 3-0 win over Cedar Grove-Belgium.

Bostwick had two goals and Styles had one.”

“He’s pushing through the brush and shooting the ball for us,” Schultz said of Styles. “During practice, he’s all about shooting. He showed up there that weekend.”

Bostwick, he said, has a passion for soccer.

“I wouldn’t say he’s the only one that loves it but he loves it more than most people on the field. It’s a second religion, you could say,” he said. “He pretty much eats, sleeps and breathes soccer.”

Senior starting keeper Spencer Struckman played in the second game, and he and Pasco each played in the third.

They got help from senior center back Connor Cowen.

“He’s pretty much our rock back there. Just like Porter, he tries to keep the team on track,” Schultz said.

With three games in about eight hours, Schultz was able to empty his bench and give junior varsity players some minutes. He had only planned to play two games on the day.

“It was a beautiful day for soccer,” he said.

On Sept. 27, Port lost to Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 2-0, and last Thursday lost to North Shore Conference foe Hartford, 3-1.

Port, 1-7 in the North Shore Conference and 4-13 overall, played at Grafton on Tuesday, Oct. 4, hosts Milwaukee Reagan on Thursday, Oct. 6, and Cedarburg (5-2 NSC) on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

Cedar Grove-Belgium goes 1-2

The Rockets lost two of three games at their invite against bigger schools in Division 2, but they just as easily could have gone 3-0.

They beat Green Bay West, 6-0, to start the day. Senior midfielder Logan Navis had two goals, and the team got one each from senior forward David Martinez, senior midfielder Jesse Burg and sophomore forward Caleb Heinein. The Wildcats didn’t help their cause in scoring an own goal.

Navis, Martinez, Burg, freshman forward Kole Weiland and senior defender Parker Knight each had an assist.

“It took us a little bit to get into it. After we got the first (goal), everyone was like OK, let’s get going,” coach Kyle Schultz said, praising Navis’ hard shot outside the 18-yard mark.

The Rockets then lost to North Fond du Lac/Oakfield/St. Mary’s Springs, 2-1. Heinen scored and Navis had the assist.

“I felt like we were right there with them,” Schultz said.

In the second half, the Rockets worked hard to tie.

“We had quite a few shots. I thought we were going to get one back there. I think we were the top team in the second half of that game,” Schutlz said.

Against Port, Schultz said, the Rockets matched the Pirates in shots.

Heinen nearly scored but Port’s keeper barely got a hand on the ball.

The Rockets struggled to contain Bostwick, who scored on a penalty kick and from the field.

“We lost but it was closer than the score suggests,” Schultz said.

Schultz said the annual tournament stopped during the pandemic, and he made it a point to bring it back this season. It was the same day as the Rockets’ volleyball invite.

“I think it’s nice because both clubs feed off of each other,” Schultz said.

Last Thursday, the Rockets lost at St. Mary Catholic, 6-0. The Zephyrs dominated possession and played much better than Schultz said he saw on film.

“They were very good,” he said.

The Rockets, 1-4 in the Big East Conference and 7-9-1 overall, hosted Random Lake on Tuesday, Oct. 4, University Lake/Trinity Academy at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, and host Stockbridge at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

Grafton falls at NSC leader

Homestead, 7-0 in the North Shore Conference, knocked off Grafton, 4-1, at home last Thursday.

Cayden Sumner scored late in the second half on a Cayden Pegelow assist, cutting the lead to 3-1.

The Black Hawks nearly made it closer. Jordan Guerra sent a ball to Charlie Lawrence, who kicked it a few inches to the wrong side of the post. That would have made it 2-1.

But coach Jason Rodgers was thrilled with his defense.

“That was one of the best games from a communication and organization standpoint that we’ve had as a unit,” Rodgers said, praising his back three defenders, team co-captain Lukas Hensel, Aidan Roddy and Ben Widman.

Senior keeper and co-captain Charlie Rose was a late scratch due to illness, and Griffin Koehler filled in and made four saves.

Grafton, 3-5 in the NSC and 5-7 overall, hosted Port on Tuesday, Oct. 4, plays at Hartford (2-4-1 NSC) on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and at Oostburg on Thursday, Oct. 13.

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