PHS earns draw against perennial power


LUKE HOJNACKI (12), Plymouth defender, tries to win the ball against New Holstein’s Michael Thome during Thursday’s EWC soccer game. PHS won, 2-0. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley LUKE HOJNACKI (12), Plymouth defender, tries to win the ball against New Holstein’s Michael Thome during Thursday’s EWC soccer game. PHS won, 2-0. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Plymouth Panthers played one of their best boys soccer matches of the season Saturday when they battled perennial powerhouse Green Bay Notre Dame to a 1-1 tie in nonconference play at Panther Field.

The Tritons, 4-1-1, were Division 2 state qualifiers last season and their program owns three state titles. Notre Dame was ranked No. 4 in last week’s D-3 state poll.

PHS was unable to keep the momentum going from Saturday’s strong showing though as it struggled to a 0-0 tie with host Waupun Tuesday afternoon in Eastern Wisconsin Conference action. The Panthers are 2-0-1 in league play and 4-1-2 overall.

PHS senior defensive midfielder Tom Theisen’s goal with only two minutes left in regulation forced overtime against Notre Dame, tying the game at 1-1. Senior midfielder Jack Heginbottom had the assist.

“Our goal was a great combination between Jack and Tom. A beautiful give-and-go that beat the defense with minutes left,” said Panther head coach Rommy Herrera.

The match remained scoreless through two 10-minute overtime periods. The Tritons grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal by Chris Chigi in the 60th minute, assisted by Sean Sladky.

“This is the team I want to see every day. Today we played against a great team and our team played well defensively and offensively,” said Herrera.

“Notre Dame has a good team that passes well and knows how to use time to their advantage. It is always fun to play against good teams. It help us to see the level of our team.

“The first half we gave Notre Dame too much space and they dominated. During the second half we moved our defensive and offensive lines forward and we pressured them more offensively and we created more opportunities to score,” said the coach.

“Both teams played well and created many opportunities to score.”

The Panthers held a 9-5 edge in shots on goal. PHS goalkeeper Drew Schweiger made four saves and Triton goalie Austin Watzka had eight.

“I am proud of my team and how they handled the game, even when we were down 1-0. The players were motivated and always positive during the whole game,” Herrera said.

WAUPUN MATCH

The Panthers led the Warriors 10-3 in shots on goal but were unable to cash in on scoring opportunities. The game stayed scoreless through two overtimes.

“In today’s game nothing went the way we planned. We controlled the ball and the opportunities to score but we just could not finish,” Herrera observed.

Today’s game is a wakeup call for the team. Waupun did a good job of closing the field for our players.

“In future games we need to step up the intensity. If we want to win conference, we cannot afford to lose any more points [in the team standings],” Herrera said.

GB NOTRE DAME 1

PLYMOUTH 1

PLYMOUTH 0

WAUPUN 0


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