Huskies earn upset win in regional opener

WRIGHTSTOWN – Senior defender Billy Kienbaum scored a penalty kick in the sudden-victory shoot-out to give the New Holstein/Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Huskies a 3-2 upset win over Wrightstown in a Division 3 boys regional soccer semifinal match here Thursday afternoon.

The teams battled to a 2-2 tie through regulation and it stayed 2-2 through two 10-minute overtimes which forced a shoot-out on penalty kicks.

Both teams scored four penalty kicks in the first shootout which forced the sudden victory shoot-out. The Tigers missed the first attempt in the shoot-out and Kienbaum followed with the game-winner.

The No. 12-seeded Huskies improved to 10-10-1. The No. 5-seeded Tigers finished 12-7- 4. Both teams had first-round byes.

“It was an amazing day for the Huskies against a very organized and physical Wrightstown team today,” said Husky head coach Steve Conrad.

Scoring one goal each for the Huskies in the first shootout were Noah Ruh, Oren Kestell, Evan Petrie and Justin Schultz. Ruh, a senior midfielder/ forward, played goalie in the two shoot-outs and made two big saves.

Ruh’s goal only 2:30 into the game gave NH/EL-G a 1-0 lead. Kestell’s goal at the 16:40 mark, assisted by Ruh, put the Huskies up 2-0 at halftime.

The Tigers tied the match, 2-2, in the second half on a goal each from Calvin Hansen and Brice Durocher.

“Everyone on this team played so hard tonight and I’m so proud of them for how hard they have been playing. It’s always tough to play on the road but we overcame that with a lot of great teamwork and lots of great talent,” said Conrad.

Wrightstown led 14-13 in shots on goal. NH/EL-G freshman goalie Deegan Kossman made 12 saves. Tiger goalie Jake Wesner had 11 saves.

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