Schuldt leads PHS to EWC debut win

by Craig Hoffman Tri-County News

NEW HOLSTEIN – Zach Fohr has been a headache for opponents of the Plymouth boys soccer team. Tuesday night, it was Ben Schuldt that had New Holstein reaching for the Exedrin.

Schuldt, a senior midfielder, scored just over five minutes into the match and the visiting Panthers tacked on three second-half goals on their way to a 4-0 win over host New Holstein in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference opener for both squads.

Coming off a tournament title three days earlier at the Sheboygan South Invitational, the Panthers picked up right where they left off. Midfielder Brad Mallmann sent a ball through the middle of the Husky defense to a wide open Schuldt who nailed his shot past goalie Dillon Halbach for the Panthers’ opening goal at 5:22.

New Holstein began making attacks about midway through the first half as Jason Brandt and Kain Roepke attempted shots. The score remained 1-0 at halftime.

Schuldt scored again at 57:47, assisted by Fohr. Just three minutes later, Fohr got his chance and picked off a New Holstein pass, dribbled in and scored to make it 3-0. Paul Thompson put the finishing touches on the win – scoring with just two seconds left off a pass from Adam Bunke.

“I think nine of our 10 goals this season are from our midfielders and that’s a good thing,” said PHS first-year coach Sam Schroeder whose team is 4-0.

“I came in concerned because sometimes you come out flat in your next match after a big tournament, but we were focused. Nate does a great job preparing his team and we had some trouble breaking through their defense.”

New Holstein head coach Nate Laabs was generally pleased with his team’s efforts:

“Though we were not able to generate any shots on goal, I thought we played very solid defense. We were right there at halftime and most of the second half until a couple of late goals put it away.”

PHS led 11-0 in shots on goals. Halbach was credited with seven saves.

“Scott Koenig [senior midfielder] did an excellent job changing the tempo for us in the second half as we started to penetrate their back line more often,” Schroeder said. “That change in mentality is what accounts for the three second-half goals.


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