Panthers earn share of EWC lead


NOAH RUH (left) of NH/EL-G and Plymouth’s Zach Gambrell collide going for the ball in Thursday’s EWC soccer game. Ruh is a student at EL-G. The Huskies’ Ethan Hartwig watches. — Photo by Mike McGill NOAH RUH (left) of NH/EL-G and Plymouth’s Zach Gambrell collide going for the ball in Thursday’s EWC soccer game. Ruh is a student at EL-G. The Huskies’ Ethan Hartwig watches. — Photo by Mike McGill PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers took control of the match early and kept the pressure on against a short-handed New Holstein/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah team en route to a 3-0 win in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys soccer showdown here Thursday afternoon.

The Panthers moved into a tie for the EWC lead with the Huskies at 8-1. Both teams have two league matches remaining. NH/EL-G defeated PHS, 2-1, in the teams’ other meeting this season.

PHS seized a 2-0 lead on goals by senior forward Zach Gambrell in the 10th and 15th minutes, respectively. Eric Novak assisted on the initial goal and Aidan Woida had the other assist. PHS led 2-0 at halftime.

The Panthers sealed the win on a goal by sophomore midfielder Jacob Welsch in the 68th minute which made it 3-0. It was an outstanding goal as Welsch made a booming kick from about 30 yards out into the far corner of the net.


CAMERON HAUSER of Plymouth connects on a header as teammate Ryan Holec (11) and NH/ EL-G’s Max Kossman converge in Thursday’s EWC soccer game. Kossman is an EL-G student. — Photo by Mike McGill CAMERON HAUSER of Plymouth connects on a header as teammate Ryan Holec (11) and NH/ EL-G’s Max Kossman converge in Thursday’s EWC soccer game. Kossman is an EL-G student. — Photo by Mike McGill “Good players show up for good games. We knew that this game was going to be very important in order to keep fighting to win our conference,” said Panther head coach Rommy Herrera.

“The players took the responsibility and played a perfect game tonight. We controlled the ball and the opportunities to score. We did not let the opposite team think and create danger in our goal for 90 minutes.

“I am proud of this team and the way we have been playing lately,” said Herrera.

The Panthers, 11-5 overall, have won three in a row. The Huskies, who were missing two offensive starters due to sickness, slipped to 12-4-1 overall.

“We had a horrible start and stabilized after 20 minutes but by then it was too late. To Plymouth’s credit they came out with a lot of intensity and took the game from us in the first few minute,” said Husky head coach Nate Laabs.

“We had two offensive starters out with sickness today and we just could not get anything going. They possessed the ball very well and never allowed us to get anything going offensively.

“We knew it would be tough to beat them twice in one year but we still have the opportunity to share in a conference title if we can finish the conference season out successfully,” added Laabs.

The Panthers led 10-1 in shots on goal. PHS goalie Drew Schweiger made one save and Husky goalkeeper Jordan Bahr had five.

N. HOLSTEIN/EL-G 0

PLYMOUTH 3


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