Bay Port gets offensive in victory over Pulaski
By Greg Bates
PULASKI – Winning their third straight Fox River Classic Conference (FRCC) title was the goal at the beginning of the season for the Bay Port boys’ soccer team.
The Pirates are trying to position themselves to pull off that feat, but they’re going to most likely need to win the rest of their regular-season conference games and get a little help.
Bay Port took care of business Tuesday, Sept. 28, downing a good Pulaski squad on the road, 7-4.
“It’s a good way to start going into next week because we’ve got two big games,” Bay Port junior Ryan Amond, who tallied two goals and two assists in the victory, said. “We’re going to have to prepare a little more on the defensive side. We’re looking good on offense.”
The Pirates are sitting at 2-0-2 in the conference, good for six points and fourth place in the FRCC.
Two of the three teams in front of them – Green Bay Preble and Sheboygan North – are undefeated and both have one tie, both coming at the hands of Bay Port.
Notre Dame Academy is atop the conference with a 4-0 record.
The Pirates have a showdown with Notre Dame Oct. 5.
Bay Port (9-0-3 overall) didn’t look past Pulaski (6-4-1, 2-2 FRCC), mounting a 3-0 cushion before tying a season-high with seven goals.
“We played well offensively,” Bay Port coach Travis Herber said. “When you’ve got guys who are scorers, it’s easy to coach when they put the time in to get better. Ryan Amond can put the ball in the net. Payton Schilz can put the ball in the net.”
Herber said he was surprised his guys notched seven goals against a solid Red Raiders team.
“It’s a well-coached team, and they work hard,” Herber said. “Both teams know each other, so I was surprised to see we put seven up on them.”
Amond credits the offensive outburst to Bay Port’s pace of play.
“Once we get up there, we’ve got guys who can finish,” Amond said. “We took advantage of their weaknesses.”
Amond helped Bay Port get on the board first when he carried the ball into the box and put a nice ball onto the foot of Schilz, who scored.
Six and a half minutes later at 15:16, Luke Bantamoi sent a deep ball toward the net that Amond headed it in.
Garrett Solcz scored on a free kick for the Pirates later in the half.
“You go down 3-0 and you can’t do that against good teams,” Pulaski coach Jeff Schneider said. “You have to climb the mountain, and there were a couple of moments that made it exciting, but it seemed every time we had a score they had an answer.”
Pulaski made it a 3-1 game as Will Steeno tallied a goal.
With 20 seconds remaining before halftime, Pulaski couldn’t clear it out of the box, and Amond put a shot on net from 15 yards that went in.
“We wanted to get a strong lead and keep it,” Amond said. “Some of the stuff in the backline went our way, but we put in seven (goals), which is lots for a good team like that.”
Early in the second half, Hayden Burkel cut Pulaski’s deficit in half, 4-2, with a goal.
But like all night, Bay Port was quick to respond as Alex Brunette scored.
Bay Port pushed its lead to 6-2 on a Gabe Berg goal before Steeno and Benjamin Uelmen both scored for Pulaski to make it 6-4 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Colby Gillespie put the nail in the coffin in the 78th minute with a Bay Port tally as Amond notched an assist.
Bay Port hosts Ashwaubenon Sept. 30, its last game before the big showdown against Notre Dame, which is ranked No. 2 in Division 3.
“Notre Dame is going to be a tough one,” Herber said. “Everybody wants Bay Port. We’ve won the conference the last two years. We have an uphill battle with having two conference ties, but we’ve got to keep fighting and keep playing. Our biggest goal right now is to win the conference and then hopefully find a way to get to state. We definitely have the horses, but they’ve got to come to play.”