Panthers clinch outright ECC championship


DYLAN KOEHN of Plymouth beats Winneconne defenders Lucas Behm (left) and Jared Byrne to take a shot in Tuesday’s soccer match. Koehn followed up on his deflected shot to score a goal. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley DYLAN KOEHN of Plymouth beats Winneconne defenders Lucas Behm (left) and Jared Byrne to take a shot in Tuesday’s soccer match. Koehn followed up on his deflected shot to score a goal. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – All season the Plymouth Panthers have worked hard to achieve success on the boys soccer field.

That work ethic paid big dividends for the Panthers as they wrapped up the outright East Central Conference championship in the ECC’s inaugural campaign with a 3-1 win over Winneconne here Tuesday afternoon.

PHS raised its ECC record to 12-0-1 (17-2-2 overall) and ran its winning streak to nine. The Wolves dropped to 9-3-1 in the league (17-4-1 overall) and fell from second to third place. Kettle Moraine Lutheran is in second at 10-3. All three teams have one ECC match left.

“We have been working very hard for the last three months to accomplish our goals and today all that hard work is paying off,” said PHS head coach Rommy Herrera.


ERIC NOVAK (2), Plymouth forward, wins the ball against Winneconne’s Domenic Tegrootenhuis in Tuesday’s soccer game. Novak proceeded to pass to Connor Joseph for a goal. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ERIC NOVAK (2), Plymouth forward, wins the ball against Winneconne’s Domenic Tegrootenhuis in Tuesday’s soccer game. Novak proceeded to pass to Connor Joseph for a goal. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “One of our goals coming into this season was to win conference and after today’s game we can say that we are the conference champions.”

The Panthers came out strong in the first half with a relentless attack on the Wolves’ defense. PHS built a commanding 3-0 lead before the Wolves got on the board to make it 3-1 at halftime.

Dylan Koehn scored the Plymouth’s first goal at the 11-minute mark, assisted by Corby Gafney.

PHS went up 2-0 on a goal by Connor Joseph at 21:18 with a nice crossing pass from Eric Novak.

At the 35:59 mark, Koehn followed up on a deflected shot and found the net to put his team ahead 3-0.

The Wolves made it 3-1 on a goal by Jacob Brazee 36:23 into the opening half on a shot into the left corner of the net.

PHS, which dominated possession and showed good, crisp passing throughout out the first half, held an impressive 13-3 edge in shots on goal. Panther goalies Cole Bogenschuetz and Saunders Gentine split time, with Bogenschuetz making two saves and Gentine, one.

“I am proud of my team and how they have been playing. We are a strong team and I believe we can still win more,” said Herrera.


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