Tigers use second-half surge to earn key win


JACK BALDWIN (left) of Howards Grove tries to steal the ball from Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran’s Brandon Wishman in Monday’s BEC soccer game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley JACK BALDWIN (left) of Howards Grove tries to steal the ball from Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran’s Brandon Wishman in Monday’s BEC soccer game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – A strong second half by the Howards Grove Tigers sparked them to a crucial 3-1 boys soccer win over Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran here Monday afternoon.

The Tigers moved to within one point of Big East Conference leader Christian/Lutheran as they improved to 9-1-1 in the league (12-4-2 overall). HGHS, which lost to the Eagles, 3-2, in its season opener, is 6-0-1 over its last seven matches.

The Eagles slipped to 10-1 in the BEC (14-2 overall) and lead second-place HGHS 20-19 in the point standings (two points per win and one per tie). The Eagles came into the match ranked No. 4 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association’s Division 4 poll.

HGHS dominated the second half – outscoring the Eagles 3-1 after trailing 1-0 at halftime. The Tigers were fortunate to only be down 1-0 at halftime after the Eagles controlled the ball most of the first half and put a lot of pressure on the HGHS defense.


CARSON TESKE (11) of Howards Grove and Muzii Kahn of Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran scrap for the ball in Monday’s BEC soccer showdown. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley CARSON TESKE (11) of Howards Grove and Muzii Kahn of Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran scrap for the ball in Monday’s BEC soccer showdown. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Tigers did a much better job of possessing the ball and being more aggressive on the attack in the second half. HGHS tied the score, 1-1, on a goal by senior forward Devin Gallenbrger early in the second half. Senior midfielder Derrick Grim was credited with an assist.

Senior midfielder Jeremy Berglund’s goal, assisted by Gallenberger, gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead at the 76-minute mark.

Grimm scored a huge insurance goal with 7:54 left which put HGHS up 3-1. Senior defender Carson Teske had an assist.

Junior forward Brandon Wishman gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead when he follow up on a deflected shot and scored from close range at the 20:02 mark.

The Eagles had the HGHS defense back on its heels a majority of the first half but Tiger goalkeeper Hunter Voss stepped up and made some big saves to keep the match close.

“Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran came out and totally outplayed us the first half. They were first to the ball and had support all over the field,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

“Our guys were not paying attention and were lucky to survive the half with only a 1-0 defi- cit. Hunter Voss made some key saves to keep us close and the boys need to thank him for that.”

Voss made five saves and Eagle goalie Nick Falconer had six.

“At halftime I told the boys that they were flat out getting beat and needed to wake up or the game would be lost quickly in the second half. They responded well and came alive – turning the tables totally,” said Smith.

“Derrick Grimm stepped up tonight and led by example. His work ethic and drive on the ball was a difference-maker this evening. We settled down and started passing well and prevented them from getting forward with the same numbers they did in the first half.

“I was impressed with the way the guys fought back and came together tonight. It would have been really easy to get down on each other and lose the game. They stuck it out,” added the coach.


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