Boys Soccer vs. Lake Country Lutheran
In a battle between two contenders for the top spot in the Midwest Classic Conference boys soccer standings, the University School Wildcats made a bold statement by defeating Lake Country Lutheran 3-1 on Monday, October 7th at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland. As a result of their superiority in the game, the Wildcats now hold sole possession of first place in the conference.
“The boys were excited to play conference rivals, Lake Country Lutheran, this afternoon,” said Jock Mutschler, USM’s head coach. “Both teams were undefeated in conference play, so it was a critical match. The boys played with more determination and energy and ended up with a pleasing result. The boys dominated all four facets of the game - technical, tactical, mental, and fitness. Henry Stone had a terrific match. He was in complete control of the defensive central portion of the field. Cody Adams played well in several different positions. His versatility is handy. He did especially well at outside defense, adopting the position's needs effortlessly. That comes from being a good listener, absorbing instruction, and striving to improve. Jordan Puetz was on form, contributing a goal and an assist in a big game. As per usual, he performs well against the best teams and in critical situations.”
The Wildcats out shot their hosts 29-6 in the contest. They forced Casey Boris, the Lightning’s goalie, to make 10 saves. Hadi Najeeb, USM’s keeper, stopped 1 of the 2 shots Lake Country Lutheran fired on frame. The other came off a free kick by Ty brewer that hit a USM player and got past Najeeb for an own goal with just over two minutes left in the game at the 87:26 mark.
By that time USM had built an insurmountable lead.
Puetz, who is one of USM’s captains, said, “In the past Lake Country Lutheran has always posed a major threat due to their history of fielding quality teams. However, we did not let this negate our spirit coming into the game. We scored early in the first half and followed up on this goal quickly. We created lots of opportunities throughout the game. In the second half, we were able to score another goal. Late in the game we gave up a goal off of a free kick outside the box, however we came out of the game victorious against a very formidable conference opponent.”
Puetz scored the Wildcats first goal just 13:33 into the game. He kicked the ball inside the near post after calming it as it pin balled around the 6 yard goalie area just beyond the reach of the scrambling Boris.
USM scored what would become the game winning goal on a similar play a few minutes later. They booted the ball deep into the Lightning’s penalty area and went after it. During a scuffle for the ball, Loic Marolda gained control and booted it in at 21:04.
The Wildcats made it 3-0 in the second half. Heading toward the Lightning net like a locomotive under full steam, Puetz brought the ball along the left side. He fought through several defenders then centered the ball to Donny Jones, who deftly touched it in at 61:54.
As a result of the day’s victory, USM remains undefeated at 10-0-2 and 5-0-1 in the Midwest Classic Conference. The Wildcats play Heritage Christian in a Midwest Classic Conference game at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9th at USM.