Lautenschlaeger powers PHS to lopsided win


GARRISON PIERCE (left) of Plymouth and an unidentified Christian/Lutheran player hustle after the ball in Saturday’s soccer match. – Photo by Doug Pierce GARRISON PIERCE (left) of Plymouth and an unidentified Christian/Lutheran player hustle after the ball in Saturday’s soccer match. – Photo by Doug Pierce Sophomore midfielder Clayton Lautenschlaeger exploded for four goals to ignite the Plymouth Panthers to an 8-0 pummeling of Berlin Tuesday afternoon in an East Central Conference boys soccer match at Panther Field.

The Panthers improved to 2-0 in the ECC (5-2-1 overall).

Lautenschlaeger scored three goals in the second half, including a penalty kick, as PHS outscored the Indians 6-0 to bust the match open. Keegan Gafney scored two goals and Nathan Francis made a penalty kick in the final half.

In other recent matches, PHS blanked Sheboygan Christian/Lutheran, 2-0, in nonconference play Saturday at Christian; and lost to Nicolet, 2-1, in a nonconference match Sept. 7 at Uihlein Park in Milwaukee.

Gafney and Lautenschlaeger scored one goal each in the first half versus Berlin. Contributing one assist each were Alex Kelly, Garrison Pierce, Francis, Mason Dale, Gafney and Lautenschlae- ger.

PHS led 24-3 in shots on goal. Matt Klug made two saves and Kelly had one at goalie for PHS.

“It was a difficult first half. Berlin played well defensively for 30 minutes and after we scored the second goal the game was better for us,” said PHS head coach Rommy Herrera.

“In the first half we were not connecting good passes or pressuring quick but during the second half we played faster and sharper.” second half on an assist by Pierce versus the Eagles.

Christian/Lutheran dropped to 4-1-3. PHS and the Eagles are two of the top teams in the area.

PHS led 11-1 in shots on goal. Klug made one save. Eagle goalies Caleb Yurk and Ben Taylor had five and four saves, respectively.

CLAYTON  LAUTEN SCHLAEGER (second from right) of Plymouth kicks the ball as Christian/Lutheran’s Ben Kisow (25), Caleb Alsum (10) and an unidentified player converge in Saturday’s soccer match. – Photo by Doug PierceCLAYTON  LAUTEN SCHLAEGER (second from right) of Plymouth kicks the ball as Christian/Lutheran’s Ben Kisow (25), Caleb Alsum (10) and an unidentified player converge in Saturday’s soccer match. – Photo by Doug Pierce
“We played well today – challenging every ball and pressuring them defensively through the whole game. We are happy with the win,” said Herrera.

The Knights scored the gamewinner on an own goal (off a PHS defender).

Plymouth’s goal was scored by senior Eric Preissner in the 52nd minute, assisted by Lautenschlaeger.

Nicolet’s other goal was scored by Danny Manger.

The Knights led 8-7 in shots on goal. PHS goalies Klug and Gabe Thull had three and four saves, respectively.

“We played the best game of the season in one of the best fields you can play around here and we still lost. We played very well from beginning to end,” said Herrera.

“The players were working hard and they really wanted to beat this team. The game itself was exciting with opportunities at both goals.”


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