New Holstein falls in battle of conference leaders

NEW HOLSTEIN – The New Holstein/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Huskies fell to state-ranked Sturgeon Bay, 5-2, in a showdown between Eastern Wisconsin/Packerland Conference boys soccer leaders here Tuesday night.

The Clippers, ranked No. 2 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association’s Division 4 poll, upped their first-place conference record to 10-0 (14-3-3 overall). The second place Huskies dropped to 7-1 in the league (11-2-5 overall).

Robbie Hohlfelder sparked the Clippers’ attack with a spectacular five goals, including four in the second half.

Scoring one goal each for the Huskies in the second half were Josue Valenzuela and Jacob Conrad. Zach Petrie assisted on Valenzuela’s goal. Tyler Schultz and Valenzuela combined for an assist on Conrad’s tally.

The Huskies trailed 1-0 at halftime. Hohlfelder scored the final three goals of the match after Conrad’s goal had tied it, 2-2.

“It was a very disappointing final score for us. The game was actually very even for most of it,” said Husky co-head coach Nate Laabs.

“We battled back twice to tie the game but every time we had an answer they had another answer. After their third goal we lost center defender Michael Thome to an ankle injury for a while and the bottom fell out after that.

“Sturgeon Bay deserves a lot of credit. They are incredibly talented team and they played very good team ball. They passed the ball too easily through us and we had no answer for Robbie Hohlfelder,” said Laabs.

The Clippers led 14-7 in shots on goal. Husky goalkeeper Stephan Clemens made nine saves.

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