Falcons overcome challenges

by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


THE MEMBERS OF THE 2014 Sheboygan Falls High School boys soccer team are (bottom row, left to right) Sam Marti, Ethan Scott, Bailey Hetzel, Lee Huberty, Austin Martinez, Ben LeBlanc, Jacob Zehr; (middle row) Jonathan Schruers, Asuewin Xiong, Alex Bennin, Andrew Kue, Brayden Kuester, Jason Bonner, Jordan LaPean; (back row) Andrew Miller, Clark Otte, Michael Winkler, head coach Kris Rusch, Will Otte. - Photo by Harmann Photography THE MEMBERS OF THE 2014 Sheboygan Falls High School boys soccer team are (bottom row, left to right) Sam Marti, Ethan Scott, Bailey Hetzel, Lee Huberty, Austin Martinez, Ben LeBlanc, Jacob Zehr; (middle row) Jonathan Schruers, Asuewin Xiong, Alex Bennin, Andrew Kue, Brayden Kuester, Jason Bonner, Jordan LaPean; (back row) Andrew Miller, Clark Otte, Michael Winkler, head coach Kris Rusch, Will Otte. - Photo by Harmann Photography The Sheboygan Falls High School boys soccer team overcame injuries and youth to finish in the top half of the 2014 Eastern Wisconsin Conference standings.

Falls finished in third place in the EWC with an 8-4 record and was 11-12-1 overall, during the 2014 campaign.

The Falcons lost to Winneconne in a first round WIAA regional playoff game.

“We had a lot of challenges this season with injuries and youth,” said fifth-year head coach Kris Rusch. “Our younger players gained a lot of valuable experience. The freshman provided a lot to the program.”

The Falcons scored 57 goals and took 340 shots in which 197 were on goal. Falls also recorded six shutouts.

Rusch felt the loss of 15 seniors from last year hurt the team at the start of the season.

The Falcons were led this year by nine seniors with a mix of sophomores and juniors filling out the roster.

Seniors Alex Bennin, Jacob Zehr, Michael Winkler, Will Otte, Sam Marti, Jeffrey Hicks, Jordan LaPean, Andrew Miller and Asuewin Xiong will be missed.

Junior Austin Martinez led the scoring with 11 goals and four assists. Will Otte had nine goals and two assists. Winkler also made nine goals with five assists. Sophomore Bailey Hetzel, La Pean and Bennin had five goals each.

Junior Lee Huberty made 257 saves and had 109 saves in the EWC.

Zehr and La Pean were named to the first team All-EWC unit.

Bennin, Huberty and Will Otte were selected to the second team All-EWC unit and Michael Winkler was named honorable mention.

Rusch thinks the team’s future looks promising with a large group of freshmen ready to step in next year.

The Falcons will be in a new conference and Rusch wasn’t exactly sure what teams will have full programs.

“We need to work hard next summer,” remarked Rusch. “We had our ups and downs this season. However, the team had a good attitude.”

Rusch honored four-year letter winners Winkler and LaPean, three-year letter winner Bennin and foreign exchange student Jose Enrique Baeza for their participation and dedication to the program.


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