Four Panthers named to All-ECC first team

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

NOAH JOSEPH NOAH JOSEPH The Plymouth Panthers, winners of the first East Central Conference boys soccer title this past season, have four players on the All-ECC first team in voting by the league coaches.

Plymouth’s first-team selections include junior goalkeeper Cole Bogenschuetz, senior defenders Noah Joseph and Ryan Holec and senior midfielder Corby Gafney. Holec was an All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference firstteam midfielder as a junior. PHS switched from the EWC to the newly formed ECC this year.

The Panthers, who finished 13- 0-1 in the ECC, have three secondteam players – junior forward Dylan Koehn, senior forward Layton Albright and senior midfielder Collin Meyer.

Also earning all-league recognition for PHS are junior defender Connor McManus and senior midfielder Aidan Woida, both honorable mention. Woida was an All-EWC second-team midfielder in 2014.

“Ryan is a tough player who started in every game and played until the game was won,” said PHS head coach Rommy Herrera.

“He helped our team, offen- sively and defensively – making great runs and also pressuring the opponent’s attack. He scored four goals and tallied two assists [for the overall season].

“Ryan may not have gaudy numbers but his ability to cover nearly the entire midfield allowed us to move more players forward into the attack. This is the kind of player every coach wants,” Herrera pointed out.

“Noah is a fast and tough player, with great leadership on and off the field. He started in every game and played until the game was won.

“As a defender, he was an offensive threat – scoring seven goals and assisted 13 times. He anchored our defense that gave up just six goals during the conference season and 15 overall. This is the kind of player every coach wants.

COLE BOGENSCHUETZ COLE BOGENSCHUETZ “Corby is a smart and very fast player who has a great shot, can score through the air and dribble, and delivers quick and smart passes,” said the coach.

“Overall, he’s a great, allaround soccer player who can play any position on the field. He scored 13 goals over the season and accumulated nine assists. He was an important piece in our team’s success this year.

“We were lucky this year to have two very talented goalies that worked hard and split time during every game. Cole is a fast and smart player that made a difference during our season,” Herrera observed.

Bogenschuetz shared goalie duties with junior Saunders Gentine. The two goalies combined for an impressive 10 shutouts in ECC play. PHS outscored its league opposition by a whopping 71-6.

Koehn scored 13 goals and made three assists. Albright tallied nine goals and had 10 assists. Meyer contributed 14 goals and contributed four assists.

RYAN HOLEC RYAN HOLEC McManus had one assist and used his dribbling to create many scoring opportunities for the Panthers. Woida scored three goals and made seven assists.

Senior forward Jacob Brazee of Winneconne was voted the ECC’s Player of the Year by the coaches. Brazee and teammate Jacob La- Marche, a senior defender, and senior Nathan Weisss of Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) are the unanimous first-team picks.

PHS and KML lead the ECC in first-team players with four each. KML finished second at 11-3.


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