Tigers fall shy in regional title match

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


ELIJAH MURPHY (13) of Howards Grove tries to head the ball past Oostburg goalie Harrison Brill (00) in Saturday’s regional soccer finals. Also defending for Oostburg is Jonathan Gabrielse. – Photo by Nate Dehne ELIJAH MURPHY (13) of Howards Grove tries to head the ball past Oostburg goalie Harrison Brill (00) in Saturday’s regional soccer finals. Also defending for Oostburg is Jonathan Gabrielse. – Photo by Nate Dehne HOWARDS GROVE — The Oostburg Flying Dutchmen edged the Howards Grove Tigers, 2-1, in a hard-fought battle to decide a Division 4 boys soc- cer regional champion here Saturday afternoon.

Oostburg advances to the sectional semifinals Thursday against No. 1-seeded Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran at Christian at 4 p.m. The Dutchmen, a No. 3 seed, are 16-4-5.

The No. 2-seeded Tigers, who were 1-0-1 during the regular season against Big East Conference rival Oostburg, ended an excellent season with a 16-6-2 mark.

“Oostburg’s defense was the difference in this game. They played very solid and just don’t make any mistakes to capitalize on,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.


JEREMY BERGLUND (8) of Howards Grove and Oostburg’s Matt DeMaster battle for the ball in Saturday’s regional soccer finals. – Photo by Nate Dehne JEREMY BERGLUND (8) of Howards Grove and Oostburg’s Matt DeMaster battle for the ball in Saturday’s regional soccer finals. – Photo by Nate Dehne The Dutchmen had a strong wind behind them in the first half and took advantage of it as they took a 2-0 halftime lead. The first goal was scored by Christian Graves at the 34:35 mark on a shot into the right corner of the net from near the 18.

Oostburg quickly made it 2-0 on Derrick TenDolle’s penalty kick at the 36:20 mark following a foul on HGHS in the penalty area.

The Tigers almost scored late in the first half but Ben Dehne’s shot was wide right.

HGHS possessed the ball well in the opening half but it was tough to attack going into the wind.

Dehne scored at the 62:08 mark, assisted by Carson Teske, which cut Oostburg’s lead to 2-1. The goal came after a scramble in front of the net, with Dehne’s ball barely sneaking across the goal line.

The Tigers attacked several times in the second half with the wind behind them but were unable to get any close shots off in this tough, very physical match. HGHS had two corner kicks late in the 85th minute but the Oostburg defense was able to get the ball out from its goal.

At the 88:50 mark, Oostburg goalie Harrison Brill made a save on a shot by William Rautmann about 15 yards out.

The Tigers led 8-5 in shots on goal. HGHS goalie Hunter Voss made three saves and Brill was credited with seven.

“I felt everyone on our field played to their potential and did not leave anything on the field. We had a great season and my year with the HGHS boys soccer team will be a memorable one,” said Smith.


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