PHS falls shy to top-ranked Pewaukee in regional finals

PEWAUKEE – The Plymouth Panthers gave No. 1-ranked Pewaukee all it could handle before falling, 3-1, in a Division 3 boys regional soccer final here Thursday night.

PHS, a No. 4 seed, ended a strong season with a 16-5-2 record. The No. 1-seeded Pirates, who improved to 19-0-2, advance to the sectional semifinals against No. 2-seeded Grafton Thursday at Pewaukee at 7 p.m.

The Panthers tied the match, 1-1, on a goal by senior midfielder Jack Heginbottom with 20 minutes left. Senior defender Luke Hojnacki had the assist.

Pewaukee, which led 1-0 at halftime, took a 2-1 lead on a goal with 10 minutes remaining. The Panthers then had to gamble on offense by pulling all of their defenders up which led to a late goal by the Pirates.

“Tonight we were not ready to lose and the team played like a champion. We believed that we deserved the win and we gave everything on the field,” said Panther head coach Rommy Herrera.

“I am really proud to be part of this team. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to see this group playing for the last three years.”

Pewaukee led only 7-6 in shots on goal. Panther junior goalkeeper Drew Schweiger made four saves.

“The score does not really reflect the game we played today. The first 10 minutes into the game we were not playing well. Our passing was inconsistent and we were losing the ball too much,” Herrera said.

“I believe the team was a little nervous due to the importance of the game we were playing. Pewaukee’s first goal came from a good combination and offensive pressure as well as our mistake in the back.

“After the goal, we woke up and start playing better soccer. We stole the ball from Pewaukee and started creating more and better opportunities to score,” the coach noted.



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