Huskies fall in sectional semis


JORDAN BAHR (left), New Holstein/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah goalie, attempts to grab the ball as teammate Ethan Weber (middle) and Luxemburg-Casco’s Austin Nellis converge in sectional soccer play Thursday. — Photo by Craig Hoffman. Tri-County News JORDAN BAHR (left), New Holstein/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah goalie, attempts to grab the ball as teammate Ethan Weber (middle) and Luxemburg-Casco’s Austin Nellis converge in sectional soccer play Thursday. — Photo by Craig Hoffman. Tri-County News LUXEMBURG – New Holstein/ Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah was unable to overcome an early deficit as Luxemburg-Casco downed the Huskies, 3-1, in a Division 3 boys sectional soccer semifinal match here Thursday afternoon.

A young NH/EL-G team, which had only one senior this season, ended a successful season with a 16-6-2 record. The No. 8-seeded Huskies knocked off No. 1-seeded Appleton Xavier in the regional fi- nals.

Luxemburg-Casco, a No. 4 seed, upset No. 2-seeded Green Bay Notre Dame, 1-0, in Saturday’s sectional semifinals to earn a berth in this week’s state tournament. The Spartans upped their record to 19-4-2.

The Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 lead only 10 minutes into the match. Luke Frankow scored the first goal at the one-minute mark and Austin Nellis scored in the 10th minute.

Nellis also scored in the 36th minute which gave his team a commanding 3-0 halftime lead.

The Huskies refused to fold and kept battling throughout the second half. Junior forward Jacob Conrad scored his team’s goal at the 55-minute mark, assisted by sophomore midfielder/forward Tyler Schultz, which made it a 3-1 match. Schultz is a sophomore at EL-G.

NH/EL-G outshot the Spartans 8-1 in the second half but were unable to cash in enough.

“The game got off to a bad start for us when the first shot they took went in,” said Husky head coach Nate Laabs.

“It was very far out and not from one of their top guys but he hit it just right and it drifted over everyone and into the top corner of the goal. After that we had a hard time recovering and the next thing we knew we were down by two.

“To our guys’ credit, they fought very hard in the second half. We controlled much of the half. However, the hole was just too deep to get out of,” said Laabs.

The Spartans had a 6-5 edge in shots on goal. NH/EL-G led in total shots, 11-10. Husky goalie Jordan Bahr, an EL-G sophomore, made three saves.

“Overall, the coaches are extremely proud of how this team did,” said Laabs, reflecting on the season.

“We had to replace eight starters from last year’s team and do so with only one senior. These guys accomplished more than most people believed they could.

“We will definitely miss our one senior, Joe Baldwin, as he has been a starter on this team for four years but the future also is very bright for New Holstein/Elkhart Lake boys soccer,” said the coach.

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