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Boys Soccer vs. Milwaukee South Division

The University School boys’ soccer team defeated Milwaukee South Division 2-0 in a non-conference game on Friday, October 4th at USM.

The two teams entered the contest with undefeated records.  South had a 6-0 record and USM came in at 8-0-2.  It proved to be struggle for a claim to soccer mastery. The Wildcats made their statement successfully. 

The shot totals in the match were close.  USM took 18 shots and put 8 on net.  The Cardinals took 15 shots and aimed 7 on frame.  Hadi Najeeb, USM’s goalkeeper, stopped all 8 shots by Milwaukee South.  W. Htoo made 6 saves for the Cardinals. 

“Today's match was a physical and mental challenge,” noted USM’s head coach, Jock Mutschler. “Physical in that Milwaukee South was comfortable employing tactical fouls all over the center of the field and mental in that repetitively getting hacked can lead to loss of one's steady state equilibrium. I was really pleased to note that all our boys kept a level head and did not get distracted. This match unfolded almost exactly how it was intended when we scheduled it a year ago. We wanted a strong physical challenge - a competitor that would put our defense under some pressure and pose dilemmas for our offense. It did not disappoint.” 

On individual members of the team, Mutschler added, “Hadi impressed me with his constant, constructive communication. He did not have many saves but he had a couple tremendous efforts that affected the outcome. Hadi dedicated himself to improvement during the offseason and the results are on display nearly every match. Donny Jones survived the battle. His range up and down the field is legendary at this point. I liked what Shaan Sharma provided for us at outside midfield. His speed and ability to get behind the ball on defense were helpful. Cody Adams’ timely finish was what we are looking for from our strikers and outside midfielders. Loic Marolda's move to striker has aided our outside midfielders, Donny and Noah Eghbali. Loic is creative and active. He is able to combine with our attackers to generate dangerous opportunities.”

Marolda scored USM’s first goal late in the first half.  Cameron Hakami took a free kick from 50 yards away from the Cardinals’ net.  He boomed his kick into South’s penalty area.  A defender cleared it but the clear went right to Sharma who was about 30 yards out.  Sharma fired it in.  Like a sly pickpocket on a crowded downtown street, Marolda swept the ball from a defender’s foot then immediately zipped a line drive shot into the net at 36:44.

Adams gave USM some added breathing room at 61:16 when he knocked in a rebound off a free kick by Jones.

USM remained undefeated.  The Wildcats record is 9-0-2 and 4-0-1 in the Midwest Classic Conference. USM faces another tough oppnent next.  The Wildcats play Lake Country Lutheran in a Midwest Classic Conference game on Monday, October 7th at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland.