Panthers rally to win ECC showdown


ALEX KELLY (left) of Plymouth and an unidentified Kettle Moraine Lutheran player battle for the ball in Tuesday’s ECC soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ALEX KELLY (left) of Plymouth and an unidentified Kettle Moraine Lutheran player battle for the ball in Tuesday’s ECC soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers scored two goals in the final nine minutes to earn a 3-2 comeback win over Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) in a key East Central Conference boys soccer match here Tuesday afternoon.

PHS, the defending ECC champion, and KML, which finished second last year, are expected to be strong contenders for the league title. The match was the ECC opener for both teams. The Panthers improved to 3-1 overall while the Chargers slipped to 3-1-1.

Clayton Lautenschlaeger’s goal, on an assist by Ian Thiesenhusen, in the 82nd minute tied the match for PHS at 2-2. Two minutes later, Keegan Gafney scored the winning goal, assisted by Garrison Pierce.

Anthony Vargas gave PHS a 1-0 lead early in the second half with a goal, assisted by Alex Kelly. KML scored the next two goals – one each by Jason Rose and Joseph Raasch, respectively – to go up 2-1.


ADAM SMITH of Plymouth tries to win possession against Kettle Moraine Lutheran’s Logan Mueller (3) and an unidentified teammate in Tuesday’s ECC soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ADAM SMITH of Plymouth tries to win possession against Kettle Moraine Lutheran’s Logan Mueller (3) and an unidentified teammate in Tuesday’s ECC soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “A difficult game against an uncomfortable opponent. KML is one of the top teams in our conference and games against them are usually exciting and difficult,” said PHS head coach Rommy Herrera.

“I am happy with the team’s attitude that after being down with 10 minutes left they never stopped believing and trying to win the game.

“During the game we were the team that controlled the ball and opportunities to score. However, we knew they can be very dangerous on the counter attack,” said Herrera.

PHS led 9-8 in shots on goal. Panther goalies Gabe Thull and Matt Klug made four and two saves, respectively. Charger goalie Zach Zuleger had six.


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