Boys Soccer vs. Racine St. Catherine's
Going back to State. The University School boys’ soccer team will return to the WIAA Division 4 State Tournament for the third time after defeating Racine St. Catherine’s 3-0 in The Prairie School Sectional Final on Saturday, October 27th at The Prairie School in Racine.
The Wildcats won the first state tournament held at the Division 4 level in 2013. They took second place in the 2015 D4 tournament. Now they are ready for another championship run thanks to their sectional victory.
“Congratulations to the boys,” said Jock Mutschler, USM’s head coach. “I was most impressed with the boy's singular focus. They were ‘in the zone’ as they say. They went about their business and executed their individual hedgehogs to perfection. Nobody tried to be a hero and as a result there were many heroes. I credit the captains for getting the team into an excellent steady state equilibrium. They appeared to be unaffected by the St. Cat's shenanigans that surrounded them.”
The Wildcats confidently entered Saturday’s match as the sectional’s number 1 seed with a record of 15-2-1. USM faced the third-seeded Angels who arrived with a record of 12-4-3.
At this time of the season, however, no victory is easy, no matter who is the higher seed. The Angels outshot the Wildcats 14-9 in the match, forcing Evan Bolton, USM’s goalkeeper to make 5 saves. The Wildcats managed to take just three shots on goal. All three went past the Angels’ keeper, Toney Anderson.
Bolton made a big save at 23:47. He prevented St. Catherine’s from scoring and changing the momentum but stopping a penalty kick by Lucas Tenuta.
Jock Mutschler, USM’s head coach noted Bolton’s effort, “Evan's heroic save of the PK was a definite game changer. It not only gave him a supercharge of confidence, it buoyed the entire back line for the remainder of the match. Instant inspiration.”
At that point in the contest, USM already led 2-0. The Wildcats scored what would be the game winner early in the first half. Using some brilliant give-and-go passes between them, Jordan Puetz and Matias Dermond closed in on Anderson. Dermond made the final pass to Puetz, who made a touch then fired a shot into the net at 11:05.
The goal put fire in the Wildcats, and they increased their lead just a few minutes later. After forward Sam Mackey was fouled in the St. Catherine’s penalty area, Donny Jones took the penalty kick. He blazed a shot into the upper quarter of the Angels’ net at 17:27.
Mutschler commented, “Sam Mackey just about broke that poor St. Cat's defender's ankle with a devastating double move to get into the penalty box. He was maliciously taken down and in so doing, he won a PK for Donny. In a match where we generated only nine shots, that was critical.”
The Angels were bedeviled, but they did not give up. They took ten shots in the second half and put four of them on frame. Bolton stopped them all, and his defensive cohorts cleared the ball away from further danger.
USM added to St. Catherine’s second-half distress by scoring another goal at 58:43. Dermond spotted Jones racing toward the net like a Pony Express carrier and lined a pass to him. Jones made sure of his shot to give USM a commanding 3-0 lead and secure the Wildcats’ chance to play for another state championship.
As a result of their fine 16-2-1 record, the Wildcats received the number 1 seed in the Division 4 state tournament. The Wildcats play Sturgeon Bay in the semi-finals of the WIAA Division 4 State Tournament at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 2 at the Uihlein Soccer Complex in Milwaukee. The second semi-final game between second-seeded Amery and third seeded Kettle Moraine Lutheran will follow at 7:00 p.m. The D4 state championship game will be at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3rd.
Team Time Goal Scorer Assist
USM 11:05 Jordan Puetz Matias Dermond
USM 17:27 Donny Jones PK
USM 58:43 Jones Dermond
Team Goalkeeper Saves Goals Allowed
RSC Toney Anderson ` 0 3
USM Evan Bolton 5 0