Wildcats fall to Hawks
By Murray Gleffe
GREEN BAY—The Green Bay West High School boys’ soccer team dropped an 11-1 decision to Shawano in a Bay Conference game Sept. 23 at West High School.
Dandre Mixon made six saves in net for West, while Jonathan Pyatskowit stopped two shots for Shawano.
“We are tired of being down, so we made a switch with our goal tending and lineup,” said West head coach Danae Strathmann. “We came out the second half with some better passing and didn’t get down on ourselves.”
Shawano didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard as Christopher Etori beat Mixon to make it 1-0 in the 11th minute of the game.
Just 3 minutes later, a flurry of three goals within a 66-second span gave the Hawks a 4-0 lead.
The goals kept coming, and with the Wildcats trailing 7-0, they registered their first shot on goal after Abdi Mohamud missed wide left from 23-yards out late in the first half.
The Hawks tallied a final goal of the half with 3 seconds remaining when Carson Cummings sent a corner in that Klement headed in perfectly to give Shawano an 8-0 lead at the intermission.
Despite being outplayed in every aspect of the first 45 minutes, the Wildcats played inspired soccer in the second half.
In the 66th minute, West finally notched a goal of their own after Mohamud sent in a corner that Ricardo Meza redirected into the back of the Hawks’ net.
“He’s [Ricardo] a super high energy guy,” added Strathmann. “He knows how to be positive and when he needs to push his team. He’s getting back into game action because he was in Honduras for three weeks.”
With the Wildcats having played even soccer through the first 26 minutes of the second half, the Hawks weren’t about to give up anything else.
Shawano scored in the 71st minute and then ended the game in the 82nd minute with a goal that enforced the 10-goal margin for WIAA contests.
“We showed tonight playing different positions is possible,” said Strathmann. “Pushing our defense back up and giving the guys the confidence to know that they can make change and be effective with it. We’re ready to move on and face our next opponent.”
Shawano: 8, 3—11
Green Bay West: 0, 1—1