Boys Soccer vs. Kenosha St. Joseph
In an important prelude to the upcoming state tournament playoffs, the Wildcats of the University School boys’ soccer team tested their mettle against Kenosha St. Joseph in a non-conference game on Friday, October 5th at USM. The test was tough but ultimately successful for the USM team. The Wildcats won 1-0.
It was Senior Night at USM and the Wildcats and their fans paid homage to the soccer careers of Evan Bolton, Matias Dermond, Jonah DeToro, Ethan Ford, Jack Glusman, Danny Gridley, Brandon Hicks-Becker, Sam Mackey, Carson Mogush, Brodie Mutschler, Navid Reshadi Nezhad, Justin Sinykin, Armaan Shetty, Flynn Vertz, and Joey Wells.
It was a back-and-forth battle. USM took 24 shots, placing 10 of them on frame. The Lancers made a lot of crossing plays in the USM end resulting in 7 shots. 2 of them were on net, and Bolton, one of USM’s 15 seniors, was USM’s goalkeeper, and he stopped them both.
In the tense action of the match, it was another one of those USM seniors who made the difference. Off a USM free kick near the Lancers’ goal, the ball was played by a St. Joseph defender right to Mackey who swiftly booted it past Patrick Connelly, the Lancers’ goalie at 33:57.
Jock Mutschler, USM’s head coach commented on Mackey’s goal, “A failed Lancer clearance fell to Sam's boot, and he one timed it past a startled goalkeeper. Congratulations to Sam on producing the match winner. He has an extremely high finishing percentage (goals per shot) on the season. It is ironic that our lone goal came off a Lancer mistake when we had generated a plethora of deliberate, lovely chances all night long.”
Mutschler said, “My takeaway from the match was that when goals are difficult to produce, we can rely on our defense to save us. Evan was challenged through the air. The Lancers game plan was to serve from the wings and to try and get on the end of one of the crosses. Evan wasn't having it. He was courageous in his clearing punches.”
Dermond, a USM forward and team captain, added, “Definitely another hard-fought win. Probably one of the best games we’ve played collectively.”
Wells, another captain who plays defense for the Wildcats. agreed, “It was a really tough game in which we had a good amount of chances but failed to capitalize on all but one. The team displayed wonderful combination play, great passing, and a really good work rate. Although not all of our seniors were able to play in the game, the team stuck together and pulled out an important victory.”
USM is 11-1-1 and 6-0 in the Midwest Classic Conference. The Wildcats play Heritage Christian in their final Midwest Classic Conference game of the season on Tuesday, October 9th at Heritage Christian School in New Berlin.
Team Time Goal Scorer
USM 33:57 Sam Mackey
Team Goalkeeper Saves
KSJ Patrick Connelly 8
USM Evan Bolton 2