Top-notch soccer squads down local teams

By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Bouncing back has become a trend for the Grafton High School boys’ soccer team.

The Black Hawks, after falling at Whitefish Bay, 5-1, on Sept. 13, beat West Bend East, 5-0, last Thursday and Brown Deer, 8-1, on the road on Friday.

Against Bay, the Hawks started slowly, which allowed the Blue Dukes to take a 4-0 halftime lead.

“I’d like to be more competitive than we were in the first half. There’s a reason why they’re ranked,” coach Jason Rodgers said.

The Blue Dukes are ranked No. 1 across all divisions in the latest Wisconsin High School Soccer Coaches Association poll.

Hawk Austin Eigenberger scored on a penalty kick in the second half after Luke Jackson was fouled in the box. Keeper Charlie Rose had 15 saves.

Sophomore forward Charlie Lawrence came off the bench and “showed effort and made me question if I should be starting him a little bit more,” Rodgers said.

Against the Suns, the Hawks responded.

“It was similar to a few weeks ago when we didn’t play well. I was challenging the boys to show up,” Rodgers said. “From the start, we got a stranglehold on that game.”

Cayden Sumner scored twice, and Eigenberger, Lawrence and Trevor Marien each scored once. Sumner, Marien, Luke Jackson and Lukas Hensel each had one assist.

Rose had one save and backup keeper Griffin Koehler had two.

“I love to see that out of our defense,” Rodgers said of the shutout performance. “They didn’t have much work to do, but they were focused.”

At Brown Deer, Lawrence had three  goals, Eigenberger had two and Jackson, Cayden Pegelo and Marien each had one.

The Hawks, 2-2 in the NSC and 4-4- overall, played at Nicolet on Sept. 20 and host Slinger on Thursday, Sept. 22.

CG-Belgium goes 1-1-1

Cedar Grove-Belgium had an even week with a win, loss and tie.

Shoreland Lutheran beat the host Rockets, 7-0, on Sept. 13. Coach Kyle Schultz said he scheduled the opponent because the team is in the Rockets’ tough sectional.

“They played some of the best soccer I’ve seen outside of Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran,” he said.

Rocket keeper Landon Altheimer had 12 saves.

The Rockets tied Howards Grove/Elkart Lake-Glenbeulah, 1-1, last Thursday.

Both goals came in the second half. Caleb Heinen scored for the Rockets.

Altheimer had 10 saves.

“Just a battle all around,” Schultz said.
“I felt our chances (to score) were a little bit better. We just didn’t capitalize on them.”

After the Rockets fell behind by one, Heinen tapped in a goal during a scrum inside after a throw-in.

It was the first Big East Conference first Schultz, now in his second year as coach, won. The Rockets were winless last season.

Last Saturday, the Rockets beat Eastbrook Academy, 11-0.

Parker Knight, who Schultz said was a driving force in getting the Rockets back in the Howards Grove game, had three goals, Heinen and Jesse Burg two each, and Cameron Holle, Evan Rammel, Brendan Lambrecht and Kole Weiland had one each.

Heinen had three assists, Lambrecht and Logan Navis two each, and Rammel, Knight and David Martinez one each.

The Rockets were up, 10-0, after 32 minutes. Coaches may decide to stop at halftime with a 10-goal difference, but Schultz said Eastbook Academy’s Josh Richards wanted to play to the 60-minute mark when the eight-goal mercy rule automatically kicks in.

Cedar Grove-Belgium, 0-2-1 in the Big  East and 5-4-1 overall, hosted Algoma on Tuesday, Sept. 20, hosts Kohler on Thursday, Sept. 22, and plays its final road game of the season at St. Mary Catholic on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Port wins one of its last four

Port Washington lost at Nicolet, 3-0, on Sept. 13, and to Slinger, 3-0, at home last Thursday.

Keeping Nicolet at three goals was an accomplishment, coach Tyler Schultz said.

Keeper Spencer Struckman played well, as did defender Connor Cowen and Porter Bostwick, who dropped back from midfield to help on defense.

At Port’s annual Pirate Invite, Port beat Luxembourg-Casco, 3-1, last Friday, behind goals from Wesley Hoag, Eric Krueger and Bostwick.

“We got it going that game. Eric pretty much helped us out in the middle big time, holding them pretty well and getting a goal,” Schultz said.

The next day, Port battled injuries and illness in a 7-0 loss to Madison Edgewood.

“Hopefully, this week everyone’s back to full strength and we can start nailing some goals through,” Schultz said.

Port, 0-4 in the NSC, played at Homestead on Tuesday, at West Allis Central on Wednesday, plays at West Bend West on Thursday and hosts Kettle Moraine Lutheran on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

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