Brookfield East defeated Kettle Moraine on Saturday to finish third in the annual Gusho Memorial Tournament at East.
This season the Gusho was turned into a three-day affair, adding one more day than in the past by starting on Thursday and running through Saturday.
The Spartans nipped Kettle Moraine, 3-2, on East's North Field as a last minute line-up switch keyed the victory.
Senior Aidan Haupt was entered into the normal starting line-up because senior James Knowles reinjured an old foot injury causing a deep bruise and needed crutches.
The good news was that X-rays came back negative for fractured bones.
Haupt scored 8 minutes, 46 seconds into the game after he picked up a free kick by senior David Loffredo from the right side of midfield. The shot went across to the left corner, following a KM handling penalty and Haupt drilled the ball into the right corner of the goal.
KM answered with a score at 31:56 when their forward jumped into East junior goalkeeper Drew Johnson as he was in the air attempting to knock the ball away.
In the second half, KM took the lead at 74:10, but the Spartans quickly responded, tying the score at 2-2.
Junior Henry Raymonds took a cross from Haupt and scored.
At 77:50, Raymonds took a pass from senior Tommy Baxa and on a breakaway went up the left side and scored into the right side of the net for the game-winning goal.
The defense played well with several goal-saving clears from the mouth of the goal by junior Sam Kreul and Baxa. Johnson had seven saves.
"While I am sad about yesterday's loss," coach Herbie Dundun said, "I am very happy to see the boys play as a team, toiling and scratching for the win. It was a good, collective team effort and they did it well."
Marquette nipped Waukesha West, 1-0, in Saturday's championship match. Muskego beat Whitefish Bay, 4-2, in the fifth-place match and Germantown beat Kenosha Bradford, 4-0, in the seventh-place match.
Waukesha West nipped the Spartans, 2-1, knocking them out of a chance for the title.
East had shut out the first four teams it faced this year.
The first half was scoreless but competitive as juniors Austin Toy and Peter Raymonds and senior Ryan Dundun had shots on goal and Johnson had three saves in the first half.
The Wolverines came out and scored quickly at 40:38 to take a 1-0 lead, but East came back to tie it at 58:56.
Senior Michael Lesar headed the ball into the center of the net from inside the goal area with an assist from Loffredo.
But 10 minutes later, West scored on a penalty kick into the right side of the net after a handling call on Michael Fuchs.
Loffredo had two more corner kicks and another shot on goal, but the Spartans could not score again.
Johnson had two saves in the second half for a total of five.
"The boys played well," Herbie Dundun said. "We have some weaknesses to work on, one being finishing, the other even better defense. We played better, but they outhustled us in the second half."
East opened the tourney with a 2-0 win over Muskego, scoring quickly and in the final minute.
Knowles patiently dribbled past the Muskego keeper as he dove for the ball and shot along the ground into the lower right corner at 6:59.
The final score came at 79:49 on a breakaway by junior Peter Raymonds after Johnson defended the Warriors' third corner kick in a row.
The Spartans hit the road with contests Friday in Hudson and Saturday in Stillwater, Minn.
— Mary Baxa
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