Driessen’s big night lifts Thunder over Marines
By Murray Gleffe
SEYMOUR — Teig Driessen tallied three goals in Seymour’s 6-1 boys’ soccer win over Marinette Oct. 15 at Seymour High School.
The Thunder outshot Marinette 23-9 for the game.
“We started practice by working hard,” said Driessen. “When it’s game time, I show up, and I’m ready to go. It paid off tonight.”
The Thunder got off to a flying start.
In the seventh minute of the game, Josh Prewitt dribbled down the middle of the field and found Driessen, who put the first goal home to make it 1-0.
Four minutes later, Ryan DeBruin was awarded a free kick from 33 yards out after a Marines foul.
His kick squirted through everybody and took a final awkward bounce past Marinette goalkeeper Aaron Tickler to give the home team a two-goal margin.
“Offensively, we moved the ball well,” said Todd Messner, Seymour head coach. “We were still a bit sloppy in some areas and then got a fortunate break on the second goal.”
The Thunder didn’t stop there.
In the 13th minute, Driessen took another nice cross to slam home his second goal of the evening.
The Marines registered their first shot on goal in the 17th minute, but Thunder goalkeeper Sam Kilsdonk was up for the save.
“Many times, goalkeepers can make or break a game,” added Messner. “Sam made lots of wonderful saves in this weather.”
Before halftime, Seymour’s Pace Jefferson got into the action with an easy netter in front of the goal to make it 4-0 at intermission.
In the second half, Driessen recorded his third goal of the night on a blast from 13 yards out for a 5-0 lead.
With reserves in, each team exchanged goals the last 12 minutes of the contest to account for the final outcome.
Seymour was awarded a No. 1 seed in the WIAA Division 2 regional and will host New London Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.
“In one sense, you feel lucky you have any games going on,” said Messner. “I feel for all of the spring soccer teams. With that being said, we have some goals which we have set, and we want to win a state championship. We’ve gotten to a level where we can compete with the best. We’ll take it one game at a time starting next week.”
Marinette: 0, 1—1
Seymour: 4, 2—6