Woulf and Borley tally goals for victorious Phantoms
By Murray Gleffe
DE PERE-Alex Woulf and Spencer Borley each scored a goal Thursday evening as the West De Pere Phantoms defeated the De Pere Redbirds by a final of 2-0 in boys’ soccer. (Aug. 30)
The Redbirds had some early looks in the 11th and 20th minutes but Phantom’s goaltender Evan Rinke turned away each shot.
West De Pere had a golden look in the 25th minute when midfielder Garrett Schneider wheeled around a Redbirds defender and attempted a left footed shot from 13 yards out. It went just right of the goal and the game remained scoreless.
With just over 10 minutes remaining till halftime, Woulf stole the ball from a Redbirds forward and used his footspeed to motor down the left half of the field. He faked a shot from 23 yards out, forcing the goalie out of his box, and put the ball into the empty net from close range.
It gave the Phantoms a 1-0 lead.
“Our forwards played real aggressive today,” said West De Pere soccer coach Tod Maki. “Alex made a great steal on a Redbirds pass and he capitalized on the shot to give us an early lead. They had gotten some early looks, so it was a huge goal at the moment of the game.”
Just before half, Phantoms defensemen Sawyer Grovogel saved a 3 on 1 break by intercepting a pass in the West De Pere zone, preserving the one goal margin heading into the break.
The second half brought two early corner kicks for the visitors. However, neither produced a shot on goal.
In the 55th minute, the Redbirds were turned away by the slimmest of margins.
De Pere was awarded a free kick from 38 yards out, and Sam Moran kicked a shot in that Mulu Joyce headed perfectly in on goal. The shot hit the right goalpost and caromed out of bounds.
Then in the 64th minute the Phantoms struck again.
West De Pere was awarded a corner kick. Instead of connecting on a shot in front of the goal, Calvin Battle intuitively short-kicked the ball to Parker Nimmer who wheeled around three defenders before finding a wide opening Borley. His shot clipped a Redbirds defender before finding the net to give the Phantoms a 2-0 lead with just 26 minutes left in the game.
“Just real happy with the corner approach from the guys,” said Maki. “We didn’t panic and executed well on the couple of passes. The goal gave us some cushion down the stretch to play with a lead.”
A rivalry game would not be such without some controversy and this particular game found some in the 71st minute.
Redbirds forward Chase Hansel appeared to be tripped in the penalty area, but the trailing official saw it just outside the box and awarded De Pere a free kick instead of the penalty kick that the team and coaching staff thought they earned.
Just seconds later, the shot was turned away and the Phantoms played great defense down the stretch to capture their first win in the series for Maki.
The Phantoms improve to 2-1 on the season and will host Shawano on Sept. 4 in Bay Conference action.
“The first year I was here we got beat 9-0, and last year it was 4-0,” Maki said. “So, this win is pretty special for the kids. They worked hard to achieve it, and my hope is that we can build off this and string together some really positive games in conference.”
West De Pere 1,1 2
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