Boys Soccer vs. St. John's Northwestern Military Academy
The University School boys’ soccer team opened their Midwest Classic Conference season by soundly defeating St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy 10-0 in a lopsided conference contest on Wednesday, September 4th at USM.
Jock Mutschler, USM’s head coach, commented on the win, “Perusing Varsity's preseason goal setting forms, I noted that every single boy mentioned that they wanted to ‘return to the state tournament’ or ‘win state.’ This is admirable, and I fully support this sentiment, however, as I reminded the boys prior to this afternoon's tilt with St. John’s, we need to win the Midwest Classic Conference title first.
“The boys took a positive first step forward in that regard this afternoon. Our poor finishing in the first half was forgotten quickly in the last twenty minutes of the match. At the end of the encounter, the boys concentrated their focus, played the ball wide, opened space in the central area of the penalty box, moved the ball quickly, and then put a majority of their shots on frame.
“Congratulations to Jacob (Gold) - first varsity match and shared blank sheet; Cody (Adams) - first two varsity goals; Noah (Eghbali) - first varsity goal; and Cameron (Hakami) - first varsity goal.”
The Wildcats out shot the Lancers 45-0 in the game. They put 28 of those shots on net. Gustapo Guerrero, St. John’s goalie, stopped 18 of them. Hadi Najeeb and Jacob Gold split time in net for the Wildcats; neither was challenged.
As Mutschler noted, most of the Wildcats’ scoring came in the second half. But they did score three goals in the opening 45 minutes.
USM opened the day’s scoring at 15:45 when Jordan Puetz one-timed a shot off a crossing pass by Donny Jones.
Jones gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead when he booted a free kick into an upper corner of the Lancers’ net at 37:13.
Jones scored again at 39:20. Keise Prewitt sailed a corner kick to the far post. Jones settled it with a touch then kicked it past Guerrero.
USM scored seven more in the second half. Jones gained a hat trick with a goal off a pass from Puetz at 59:45.
Eghbali scored his goal by directing in an indirect free kick taken by Bradshaw Morel at 63:28.
At 70:49, Loic Marolda scored USM’s 6th goal on a penalty kick.
Tommy Hayden took a pass from Marolda and with three quick touches scored another USM goal at 73:29.
Adams tallied his first varsity goal at 76:00 when he knocked the ball in during a scramble for it in front of the St. John’s net.
He made it two in a row with another goal at 77:22; Morel had an assist on the play.
Hakami scored his first Varsity goal at 78:23 when he headed in a corner kick pass from Ryan Zwief.
USM’s tenth unanswered goal foreshortened the game due to the ten-goal rule in high school soccer.
After the victory, Mutschler looked ahead to Friday's game against Kenosha St. Joseph, “This will be our toughest challenge to date. KSJ is in our sectional and ranked seventh in the state in Division 4. An away win on Friday would go a long way toward contributing to a good seeding for us in our sectional.”
USM is now 3-0 and 1-0 in the Midwest Classic Conference. The Wildcats play that important match against Kenosha St. Joseph in a non-conference game at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 6th at the Anderson Park/Troha Soccer Fields in Kenosha.