Panthers third in South Invite, Tigers consolation champs


DERRICK GRIMM (right) of Howards Grove and a Beaver Dam player fight for the ball during Saturday’s Sheboygan South Invitational soccer tournament. — Photo by Nate Dehne DERRICK GRIMM (right) of Howards Grove and a Beaver Dam player fight for the ball during Saturday’s Sheboygan South Invitational soccer tournament. — Photo by Nate Dehne SHEBOYGAN – The Plymouth Panthers placed third in the White Division of the Sheboygan South Invitational boys soccer tournament Saturday with a 2-1 winoveraastrongOostburgteam.

PHS finished 2-1 in the tourney which opened their season. Green Bay Notre Dame won the White Division with a 3-1 victory over Sheboygan North in the championship match.

The Howards Grove Tigers won the consolation bracket in the Red Division with a 3-0 triumph over Beaver Dam. The Tigers posted a 2-1 mark in the tourney.

Senior midfielder Jack Heginbottom scored two goals in the second half to lift PHS over Oostburg which was a Division 3 state qualifier last year. One of Heginbottom’s gals was on a free kick.

The Panthers, who trailed 1-0 at halftime, dominated the shots on goal at 19-5. PHS goalkeeper Jared Weinbauer made four saves.

The Panthers rolled past Cedar Grove-Belgium, 6-0, in the first round. Senior forward Cooper Ebbott led the PHS attack with two goals. Zach Gambrell, Heginbottom, Michael Bolland and Nick Stucke added one each.

Heginbottom, Luke Hojnacki and Cole Karczewski contributed one assist each. PHS held a whopping 18-4 advantage in shots on goal. Panther goalie Drew Schweiger made four saves.

In the North match, the Panthers had only three shots on goal, compared with the Golden Raiders’ seven.

“Today we played three different games against competitive rivals. I am really proud of the team because it never gave up and fought until the end of each match,” said Panther head coach Rommy Herrera.

“The team looked strong, physically and mentally. We controlled the games as well as the opportunities to score in every game.

“Each member of the team was important to today’s success.

“Against North we played a perfect game but one inattention ended in their winning goal,” Herrera said.

HOW. GROVE MATCHES

Sophomore forward Derrick Grimm kicked two goals to key the Tigers’ win over Beaver Dam. Dakota Rabe scored the other goal. Madison Dolota and C.J. Berg had one assist apiece.

The Tigers, who led 3-0 at halftime, led 3-2 in shots on goal. Berg made two saves at goalie.

Howards lost to eventual runner up Brown Deer, 3-0, in the first round. Brown Deer held a 10-3 edge in shots on goal. Berg was credited with seven saves.

The Tigers bounced back with an 8-1 rout over Kiel in the consolation bracket semifinals. Grimm and sophomore forward Ben Dehne sparked the Tigers’ offense with two goals each. Rabe, Jordan Fischer, Caleb Holzman and Josh Eilers kicked the other goals for Howards which stormed to a 6-1 halftime lead.

Fischer, Dolata and Elijah Murphy contributed one assist each for the Tigers who are 3-1 this season. Howards led 10-1 in shots on goal.

Zachary Zorn scored Kiel’s goal on a breakaway.

“I was pleased with our performance. We started off flat and built momentum throughout the day,” said Tiger head coach Todd Fischer.

“The guys worked hard and were happy with our consolation championship. It was nice to play some tougher competition as we prepare for our conference games.”

Sheboygan Lutheran/Christian edged Brown Deer, 1-0, in the Red Division title match.


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