NH-EL-G’s Clemens earns top soccer honors

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

STEPHAN CLEMENS STEPHAN CLEMENS Senior goalkeeper Stephan Clemens of New Holstein/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah was voted the Eastern Wisconsin/Packerland Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year for the 2015 boys soccer season by the league coaches.

Clemens, a student at EL-G, is one of four NH/EL-G players who were voted to the all-conference first team. The other Huskies honored include senior forward Jacob Conrad, junior midfielder Tyler Schultz and junior defender Max Kossman. Schultz and Kossman are Elkhart students.

Conrad was an All-EWC firstteam pick in each of the previous two seasons. The EWC was divided after the 2014 season, with four teams joining the newly formed Eastern Wisconsin/Packerland Conference. Schultz was an All-EWC second-team choice and Kossman honorable mention in 2014.

The other Huskies who earned All-EW/P recognition are junior forward Josue (Manuel) Valenzuela and senior midfielder Zach Petrie on the second team.

MAX KOSSMAN MAX KOSSMAN Clemens had an impressive 0.99 goals-against average in nine league matches last season. He surrendered only 10 goals and made 43 saves.

“Stephan allowed 19 goals this [overall] season in 25 games for a 0.77 GAA. He has 123 saves. Stephan is by far the best goalie our program has ever had,” said NH/EL-G co-head coach Nate Laabs.

“He has great reflexes, great technique and is a great distributer of the ball. He is also a great communicator and a great leader from the goal box. In 2013 as a sophomore he was a voted as the top goalkeeper in the EWC.

“In 2014 he was away from high school soccer playing club soccer for the Wisconsin Nationals. I believe that once again he is the best goalie in the conference,” said Laabs.

Schultz scored 12 goals and had seven assists for a total of 31 points (two points per goal and one per assist) in EW/P action.

TYLER SCHULTZ TYLER SCHULTZ “Tyler may be our best raw scorer. He has the ability, speed, and determination to create goals out of nowhere,” Laabs pointed out.

“He created some of our most important goals this season. He never needs to come out of the game and plays as hard as anyone on the field all of the time.”

Kossman contributed three goals and one assist for seven points.

“Max played more minutes this season than anyone else on our team. He is a very solid defender who can play any of the back positions,” Laabs said.

“He is also an excellent passer from the back. He was our most durable player this season, playing almost every minute of the season. He also scored a few penalty kicks.”

Conrad tallied 18 goals and had five assists for a 41 points in league play. He led the Huskies in goals and points in conference action.

“Jacob is a four-year letter winner and he has been scoring goals since he was a freshman. He has been our leading scorer the last two seasons and has scored 62 goals in his career,” said Laabs.

“He has been a team captain the last two seasons and has been a great leader. He has always been willing to play anywhere, including defense in our playoff run last year.”

Valenzuela scored eight goals and contributed seven assists for 23 points in EW/P matches. Petrie led the Huskies in assists with nine and had four goals for a total of 17 points in league play.

Senior midfielder Levi Haight of Sturgeon Bay, a first-team selection, was voted the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. The Clippers won the conference title with a 9-0 record and also captured the Division 4 state championship.

The Huskies finished second in the conference with an 8-1 mark and were a D-3 sectional semifinalist. NH/EL-G and Sturgeon Bay led the EW/P in first-team players with four each.

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