Boys Soccer vs. Sturgeon Bay
The University School boys’ soccer team is on the doorstep. The Wildcats need just one more victory to be the WIAA Division 4 state champion after they defeated Sturgeon Bay 4-1 in the semi-finals of the WIAA State Tournament on Friday, November 2nd at the Uihlein Soccer Complex in Milwaukee.
The Wildcats’ victory was convincing. They entered the semi-final game as the tournament’s number 1 seed. Their play demonstrated that they deserved to be the top seed and to compete in Saturday’s state tournament’s finals. They will face the second-seed, Amery, which brings an undefeated 18-0-4 record into the championship after knocking off Kettle Moraine Lutheran 3-0 Friday.
Jock Mutschler, USM’s head coach, commented on the team’s win, “It was the boys' second consecutive dominating performance. I could tell they were locked in again when I met with them at the end of stretching. This is the time when I present the line-up and speak about key points to remember. I am always brief and emphasize no more than three things as anything else is just noise to them. Well, I got through one and a half points, and I had lost them already. They were so focused and full of energy, I couldn't hold their attention. So, I aborted my keys to the game, and I told them to "Go beat Sturgeon Bay," and I released them to continue their warm-up. They liked that, and heard it loud and clear.”
USM out shot Sturgeon Bay 15-11 in the contest. USM’s senior goalkeeper Evan Bolton stopped 3 of the 4 shots that the Clippers put on goal. Sturgeon Bay sophomore Oscar Polecheck stopped 5 of USM’s 9 shots on frame.
Sophomore Donny Jones led the Wildcats by scoring two goals against the Clippers and contributing on a third.
Jones scored USM’s first goal. Senior Sam Mackey ran the ball down the right side and crossed it into the middle of the Clippers’ penalty area. USM junior Jordan Puetz took the pass and lined a low shot toward the goal. Jones was on the doorstep near the goal post. The ball came to him. He stopped it, then whirled and drilled it past Polecheck at 7:45.
Jones was also instrumental in USM’s second goal. He took a corner kick and his insert hit the cross bar of the Clippers’ goal then bounced down and off a Clippers defender’s back and caromed past Polecheck for an own goal at 16:44.
Sturgeon Bay closed the scoring gap at 29:30 when junior Eli Dietzel converted on a penalty kick.
The score stayed at 2-1 for the final minutes of the first half. The Wildcats increased their lead early in the second half. Mackey took a corner kick and fired a high crossing pass to the far side of the Clippers’ goal. Senior Matias Dermond leaped and headed a shot into the net at 53:43.
Jones finished USM’s scoring with a beautiful play at 64:49. Senior Joey Wells passed the ball toward Jones near the top of the Sturgeon Bay penalty box. Jones chipped the ball past a defender to himself. He took a quick touch and lasered a low shot past a diving Polecheck for the score.
Wells, a USM captain smiled as he described Jones’ play, “I just give him the ball and stand back and watch.”
Dermond, another of USM’s captains, was nearby. He nodded and complimented Jones adding, “You just feed the beast and watch him eat.”
The loss ended Sturgeon Bay’s fine season. The Clippers ended it with a 16-8-1 record.
USM is now 17-2-1. The Wildcats play Amery in the Championship Game of the WIAA Division 4 State Tournament at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3rd at the Uihlein Soccer Complex in Milwaukee.
Team Time Goal Scorer Assist
USM 7:45 Donny Jones Jordan Puetz
USM 16:44 OWN GOAL
SB 29:30 Eli Dietzel PK
USM 53:43 Matias Dermond Sam Mackey
USM 64:49 Jones
Team Goalkeeper Saves
USM Evan Bolton 3
SB Oscar Polecheck 5