Coaches always want their teams playing their best heading into the postseason, and Muskego is certainly doing just that in boys soccer.
The Warriors swept three more contests last week to finish the regular season on a 15-1-1 streak.
They posted a 5-2 mark in the Classic 8 Conference and were 17-4-1 overall heading into a WIAA Division 1 regional game against Cudahy on Oct. 15.
If they won that, they would take on either Bradley Tech or Milwaukee Hamilton at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in a regional title game.
The winner there will likely play top-seeded and defending Division 1 champion Marquette on Oct. 24 in a sectional semifinal contest.
"We have been firing on all cylinders," head coach Eric Hess said. "We have six shutouts in our last 12 games and have only let in six goals in that period as well. We go by the saying that if you don't let any in, you are always capable of winning. Our team defense has been our backbone."
Another key has been taking early leads. Hess said the Warriors have tallied within the first 20 minutes in the majority of their recent games.
Forward Brody Kraussel has led the way on offense, scoring in 12 of the 15 victories during the streak, with 17 goals in the last 12 games. He is also notching assists at a steady pace.
Kraussel scored twice in a 5-1 triumph over Racine Horlick on Friday night, while Ryan Beczkiewicz, Brad Pradarelli and Alex Weiland also tallied. Danny Baumann had two assists and Kraussel, Stefan Rovic and Kyler Pope each one.
Goaltenders Brandon Kaebisch and Michael Chitko combined for three saves.
Muskego blanked Madison East 2-0 on Oct. 10 behind goals from Zach Jaske and Pope, with Weiland assisting on both. Chitko made two saves.
The Warriors closed Classic 8 play with a 3-0 victory over Mukwonago on Oct. 8. Pope had one goal, assisted by Weiland, and Kaebisch came up with four saves.
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