MHS' boys soccer players reel in honors

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Rob Reischel
Middleton’s Ben Tutewohl was named first-team all-Big Eight./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s boys soccer team had a solid year, going 13-6-3 overall, finishing in third place in the ultra-competitive Big Eight Conference and reaching the sectional semifinals.

So it was no surprise to see the Cardinals well-represented on the all-Big Eight Conference team.

Senior forward Isaac Gueu and junior midfielder Ben Tutewohl were both named first-team all-league. Senior defender Cian Carlson was named second-team all-conference, while senior defenders Blake Kalscheur and Peter Tuttle, senior midfielder Max Rateau and junior midfielder Ian Staresinic were all named honorable-mention all-conference.

Gueu finished the year third on the team in goals (10), second in assists (eight) and third in total points (28).

“Isaac worked harder than most forwards to consistently put himself in position to score,” Middleton coach Ben Kollasch said. “He finished third in points for the team, but was constantly around the goal and balanced goals and assists. He showed an unselfish streak since he could have had many more goals than assists.”

Tutewohl led the Cardinals in goals (18), assists (12) and points (48). Tutewohl had five multi-goal games and had 14 games with at least two points.

“Ben was one of the best players in the conference,” Kollasch said. “He is an electric attacking player and can change gears on the dribble in a very small space. He has the foot skills on the dribble to get past multiple defenders and the vision with his passes to lead the team in assists.

“He also has a rocket shot, which allowed him to lead the team in goals. All at once he is a superstar and an unselfish player for his teammates. He could be even better next year as he can get a bit more selfish and score even more. Great things to come.”

Carlson was a captain and part of a defense that pitched seven shutouts and held six other teams to just one goal.

“Cian was one of our complementary pair of center backs,” Kollasch said. “Cian was the “bad cop” in the back in that he has the size and speed and will to play a physical defensive game well. He has a great range to cover the field and is great in the air. A great asset to our team.”

Kalscheur, one of Middleton’s captains, teamed with Carlson in the back to form a dynamic duo.

“The other center back … (Kalscheur) played the “good cop” role in that he could be less physical and pick up all the stuff that might make it past Cian,” Kalscheur said. “The epitome of calm and collected and inspirational as a rock solid defender. I think he belongs with Cian on the second team, but sometimes the role of a smart defender can be overlooked and coaches on the outside can't see the importance it holds to a team.”

Tuttle, who was also a captain, split his time between playing defender and in the midfield. Tuttle finished fifth on the team in goals (six), fourth in assists (six) and fourth in points (18).

“He played wherever we needed him for three years on varsity,” Kollasch said. “He just likes to play at full speed anywhere on the field and is smart enough to make adjustments to his game accordingly.

“Peter's contribution to our team was certainly more than honorable mention. Many of the adjustments we would make against teams would be to get Peter into a different area of the field to attack or to shore up a spot defensively. He was a key piece to our team and he may have been the hardest working player on either team all year.”

Rateau was fifth on the team in total points (17) and fourth in goals (seven).

“Max has fantastic ball skills and could make defenders look silly at times,” Kollasch said. “His work on the wing gave us a depth to our attack, which could come from any side of the field. He was also one of our most tenacious defenders when we didn't have the ball. Max just loves to play all the time.”

Staresinic found his role as the defensive center midfielder and took off during an impressive junior season.

“He liked it so much he never looked back,” Kollasch said. “He can defensively cover from sideline to sideline and from our goal up to the opponents penalty box. His range and strength as a defender are rare, but when he wins the ball he has the ability to beat a man and find a searching pass upfield with pinpoint precision. Ian will turn heads next year.”




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