The top-seeded Brookfield East boys soccer team scored early and then held off fourth-seeded Brookfield Central on Oct. 17 at East to win the WIAA Regional Championship, 1-0.
The intense rivalry was apparent from the first whistle as the only score of the game came at 7 minutes, 29 seconds when Henry Raymonds crossed the ball from the right side of the field to Michael Lesar, who booted it into the back left corner of the net.
East then dominated in possession but could not score again.
East keeper Drew Johnson accumulated five saves in the game, and key defensive plays were made by Sam Kreul and Ryan Dundun.
The Spartans did have shots on goal by Lesar, Dundun, Winston Markusse, James Knowles and Peter Raymonds, and corner kicks were taken by Mick Kemnitz.
Central coach Jon Mroz was happy with his young team's performance.
"We knew it would be quite a challenge," he said. "Brookfield East is a very quality side. Their pace on the flanks gave us early difficulties and the eighth minute goal was deserved.
"Once we adjusted our tactics midway through the first half we began to find some stability in the match. We had chances to equalize late in the first half and at a number of times in the second half, but were unable to capitalize on our opportunities."
The Lancers finished fourth in the Greater Metro Conference (3-3) and had a 5-7-1 overall record.
"I am particularly proud of our team's growth," Mroz said. "After early season struggles, we pledged to learn faster than opponents. I believe that happened this season."
East coach Herbie Dundun complimented the young Lancers team.
"Both teams know one another very well," he said. "They both gave all they could. Unfortunately we couldn't get past the one goal.
"They threw everything they had at us. I am proud of the team. It is not easy to beat another team twice in a year. The team effort is growing as the season grows. We are going to be cautiously optimistic and take one game at a time."
The next match on the Spartans journey is the sectional semifinal against Waukesha West at 7 p.m. today at East.
The Wolverines are 13-7-2 and finished fourth in the Classic 8 Conference (4-2-1).
East was second in the GMC (5-1-1) and is 16-3-3 overall.
— Mary Baxa,
Tom "Sky" Skibosh
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