Soccer Cards set for the postseason

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Bryce Schuster (21), Ben Tutewohl (8) are excited for the postseason./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Bring on the postseason.

Middleton’s boys’ soccer team was red hot to finish the year, winning six of its last seven games. That helped the Cardinals earn the No. 4 seed in their WIAA Division 1 sectional.

Middleton hosted 13th seeded Madison La Follette Tuesday in a regional semifinal. If the Cardinals won there, they’d host either fifth-seeded Sun Prairie or 12th-seeded Badger in a regional final Saturday.

“La Follette has been down on their luck this year, but has frequently shown flashes of greatness,” Middleton coach Ben Kollasch said. “We need to approach them respectfully. 

“Should we advance we get a repeat of our home game against a lightning quick Sun Prairie team. It is tough to beat a team twice and I expect Sun Prairie to be motivated by their loss to us earlier.”

If Middleton advances through regionals, the sectional semifinals are Oct. 25 and the sectional finals are Oct. 27. Verona is the No. 1 seed in the sectional, while Kettle Moraine is seeded second and Madison West is seeded third.

“Verona (would be) a tough game,” Kollasch said. “I would expect that game to be a low scoring game in which we need to find a gap in their armor before they find one in ours.”

Middleton finished the regular season winning two of three games last week.

The Cardinals rolled past Madison La Follette, 4-2, last Tuesday.

Andrew Lund, Bryce Schuster, Ezra Joseph and Ben Tutewohl all had goals, while Luis Martinez Cruz had two assists, and both Isaac Gueu and Joseph had assists

“We took care of business, but not without some difficulty,” Kollasch said.

Middleton then dropped a 2-1 decision to Division 2 powerhouse Oregon last Thursday.

Gueu started off the scoring, finishing off a beautifully slotted cross from Kyle Ballweg midway through the first half that gave Middleton a 1-0 lead. Oregon overcame its lack of opportunities in the first half to score two second half goals.

Middleton backup goalie Nick Hinz finished with 11 saves, including some point blank stops to keep the game close.

“Tough night,” Kollasch said. “Tough surface to play on too at Oregon with lots of players slipping around on the muddy surface.”

Middleton finished its conference schedule with a 3-2 win over Beloit Memorial last Friday.

Gueu had a goal and a penalty kick, while Joseph had a goal and an assist. Shuster also had an assist.

 

Oct. 12

MIDDLETON 3, BELOIT MEMORIAL 2

Beloit Memorial................ 1 1 — 2

Middleton......................... 3 0 — 3

First half: BM — Munoz, 20:00. M — Gueu, 27:00 (pk); Joseph (Schuster), 36:00; Gueu (Joseph), 40:00.

Second half: BM — Munoz (Plascenia), 50:00.

Saves: BM (Aragon) 2, M (Hinz) 5.

 

Oct. 11

OREGON 2, MIDDLETON 1

Middleton............................. 1 0 — 1

Oregon.................................. 0 2 — 2

First half: M — Gueu (Ballweg), 29:00.

Second half: O — Bjerke, 58:00; Condush (Bjerke), 66:00.

Saves: M (Hinz) 11, O (Morgan) 4.

 

Oct. 9

MIDDLETON 4, MADISON LA FOLLETTE 2

Middleton............................. 2 2 — 4

Madison La Follette............... 0 2 — 2

First half: Mid – Lund, 5:00; Tutewohl (Martinez-Cruz), 33:00.

Second half: Mid – Schuster (Joseph), 48:00; MLF — 50:00 and 86:00; Mid – Joseph (Martinez-Cruz), 89:00.

Saves: Mid (Scher) 6; MLF 6.

 

 

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