Failure to capitalize on scoring chances helped keep a championship from the grasp of the Port Washington boys’ soccer squad last Saturday.
Despite controlling the ball for much of the title game in a four-team tournament, the host Pirates fell to Luxemburg-Casco, 3-1.
“We had 70% possession but gave up three goals on breakaways,” Port coach Mike Bultman said.
“Luxemburg-Casco was faster than us. We pushed up farther because we were holding possession but got too far up and didn’t react defensively.”
The Pirates struggled to finish on early attacks and faced a 3-0 deficit by halftime. They finally got on the board with a goal by Tyler Grisar in the 55th minute.
“We had a lot of opportunities, but when we couldn’t finish, it put (Luxemburg-Casco) in position to counterattack,” Bultman said.
On Friday, Port failed to find the net in regulation against Platteville but came through in a shootout. The Pirates got penalty-kick goals from Mason Purtell, Grisar and Jameson Soya to prevail, 3-2.
“It was nice to win the shootout, but we could have won by two or three goals in regulation,” Bultman said.
“We controlled the ball and probably played our best game of the season.”
Bultman singled out the defensive play of Alec Huebner, Jacob Wehner, Eli Olson and Grisar.
The tournament left the Pirates with a 1-9-1 season record.
Milwaukee Lutheran 7, Port 2
An offensive flurry by Michael DaSilva was too much for the Pirates to overcome in a North Shore Conference road loss Sept. 10.
The senior forward scored four goals, including three in the first half, to put the Red Knights in control. After Lutheran took a 3-0 lead into halftime, they stretched the margin to 5-0 before the Pirates broke through.
Port averted a shutout when Alex Lopez scored in the 62nd minute and got a goal from Purtell, assisted by Zach Donan, two minutes later.
“We didn’t do a good job against DaSilva. We gave him way too much space,” Bultman said.
The Pirates fell to 0-3 in NSC play.
This week, Port faced Grafton in a conference match Tuesday and will participate in the Sheboygan Falls Invitational on Saturday. The Pirates will play Manitowoc, Howards Grove and Sheboygan Falls.
On Sept 24, Port will travel to Whitefish Bay for a 7 p.m. NSC game.
Black Hawks bounce back for win
The Grafton boys’ soccer team rebounded from a tough North Shore Conference loss to blank Wauwatosa East, 3-0, in a nonconference home match last Friday.
After being dogged by missed scoring chances against Germantown on Tuesday, the Black Hawks got two goals from Matt Salm in their bounce-back win.
Salm scored in the 14th minute with an assist from Brendan Larsen as Grafton took a 1-0 lead into halftime. After Ben Lorge added an unassisted goal on a free kick in the 52nd minute, Salm capped the scoring with an assist from Will Skalecki at 77:38.
“It was definitely our best game of the year, by far,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.
“We played 80 minutes of very solid soccer. It was nice to watch our players do the things they’re capable of doing.”
The Hawks outshot East, 18-4, and improved their record to 8-2.
Germantown 2, Grafton 1
A 1-0 halftime lead wasn’t enough for the Hawks in a frustrating home defeat.
Jake Demerath put Grafton ahead with a goal, assisted by Lorge, at 39:47, but Germantown came out strong in the second period. After Paul Ciszewski scored in the 46th and 55th minutes to put the visitors in front, Grafton was unable to counter.
“We could have had three or four goals in the first half. There were so many opportunities,” Arnold said. “It came back to haunt us.”
The Hawks’ final chance to pull even came in the closing seconds after goalkeeper Killian Mielotz drove a long punt toward the Germantown net. Several Grafton players raced into the box, but Germantown keeper Ryan Mongan was able to corral the ball to preserve the win.
The game left both teams at 2-2 in conference play.
Grafton faced Port Washington in another NSC match Tuesday and will play in the Appleton Xavier Invitational this weekend. The Black Hawks will play Appleton West at 5 p.m. Friday, followed by Saturday games against Xavier at 9:30 a.m. and Fox Valley Lutheran at noon.
On Sept. 24, Grafton will play a 7 p.m. conference game at Cedarburg.
Image Information: TYLER MUELLER of Port Washington tried to avoid a collision with a Platteville player during Port’s annual quadrangular tournament last weekend. Photo by Sam Arendt