Brookfield East boys nip Falls in OT soccer match
Kemnitz's goal late keeps East tied for first
It took an overtime and a penalty kick, but the Brookfield East boys nipped Menomonee Falls, 2-1, on Sept. 17 in a battled of ranked teams.
East (10-2) is tied for first with Marquette (8-0-2) with 4-0 records, while the Indians (11-4) fell to 2-2 in Greater Metro Conference action.
With the score tied at 1-1, the teams headed into the first 10-minute overtime period. Junior Peter Raymonds had a breakaway and was taken out by a Falls defender.
The referee issued a red card for impeding an obvious goal scoring opportunity and East was awarded a free kick.
Mick Kemnitz shot a long ball into the net at the 83-minute mark to win the game with a golden goal.
East junior goalkeeper Drew Johnson finished with six saves.
On a cool night in Falls, the first score came at 12:20 when Raymonds took an across field pass from senior Michael Lesar and drilled it into the right side of the net for a 1-0 lead.
But the Indians answered at 25:34 with a score when, following a big throw in, the ball was chipped over the head of Johnson, who had four saves the first half.
It was 1-1 at intermission.
In the first half, key defensive plays were made by junior Michael Fuchs and junior Tommy Baxa and a shot on goal was taken by Raymonds.
"They passed the first maturity test today," East coach Herbie Dundun said of his squad. "Many of the boys are new to the varsity game and I was glad to see them dig deeper. They played a good team."
In the first game of the Kettle Moraine Quad on Friday, East played the Neenah Rockets as Johnson had five saves to keep the match scoreless. Shots on goal were taken by James Knowles, Kemnitz and Raymonds.
In the second half, Raymonds drilled the ball into the center of the net after receiving a pass from Knowles from the right side of the field for a 1-0 lead.
The Spartans lead was short lived when a Neenah midfielder took a direct kick on the ground, past the wall formed by East and into the net to tie the score. Johnson added three more saves in the second half. Shots on goal were taken by Austin Toy and Knowles. Corner kicks in the game were taken by Kemnitz, David Loffredo and Winston Markusse. The game was a 1-1 tie.
"We played a good team," Dundun said. "We had a good game with good officiating. We need to work on our set pieces to get them a little better. The boys played well as a team."
Brookfield East played the second game against Appleton North, in the Kettle Moraine Quad on Saturday morning, missing six players, including Johnson to ACT testing.
Appleton North Lightning opened the scoring with a free kick at 19:49 which was shot into the right corner of the net, past the outstretched hands of diving keeper sophomore Calvin Osinga.
Osinga had one save in the first half and the defenders Tommy Baxa, Michael Fuchs and Sam Kreul all had key defensive plays.
Shots on goal were taken by Knowles, Lesar and Loffredo. Markusse took a corner kick.
In the second half Ryan Bouchard started off scoring for the Spartans in the 64th minute with a shot from the left side of the field, into the net center. Knowles scored into the right side of the net at 67:37, on an assist from Toy in what was hoped to be the game-winning goal,
But with only three seconds left in the game, Appleton North snuck a shot into the left side of the net to tie the game at 2-2.
Osinga had one save the second half and great defensive plays were made by Loffredo, Bouchard, Markusse, Fuchs, Kreul and Baxa. Shots on goal were taken by Markusse, Toy, Bouchard, Knowles, Lesar, Aidan Haupt and Loffredo. Corner kicks were taken by Knowles, Markusse and Ryan Dundun.
Coach Dundun talked about the team's being short-handed.
"Good effort from both teams. I'm sure both teams were affected by the ACTs," he said. "Both teams responded positively. We learned a lesson to play to the end whistle."
— Mary Baxa, Correspondent
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