Muskego boys soccer surges to regional crown
Warriors to meet powerful Marquette in playoffs
The extended hot streak of the Muskego boys soccer team carried the Warriors to a WIAA Division 1 regional championship and a meeting with perennial powerhouse Marquette.
Muskego blanked Bradley Tech 6-0 on Oct. 17 and Cudahy/St. Francis 10-0 on Oct. 15 to win the regional crown.
Those two victories boosted the Warriors to 19-4-1 for the season and gave them a 13-0-1 mark in their last 14 contests.
Marquette is next
Now they will test themselves against the best the state has to offer in the three-time defending state champion Hilltoppers with a sectional semifinal game at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Quad Park.
Marquette comes into that contest at 15-1-2 on the season, with the lone loss a 3-0 decision at the hands of Brookfield East. That defeat snapped a long winning streak against Wisconsin competition for the Hilltoppers.
Marquette won its regional with two victories by a combined 20-1 against Milwaukee City Conference foes.
"Marquette does the simple things well," Muskego head coach Eric Hess said. "We have to match that. We can't start (the Hilltoppers') attack with easy mistakes like bad traps and poor passing in our own half."
The winner plays either Kenosha Bradford or Oak Creek at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 at Kenosha Tremper's Ameche Field for the sectional championship and a trip to the state tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park.
Scoring for Muskego against Tech on Oct. 17 were Brody Kraussel and Kyler Pope, each with a pair of goals, and Brad Pradarelli and Alex Weiland each with one goal. Danny Baumann had one assist.
Kraussel notched a hat trick in the easy triumph over Cudahy on Oct. 15, while Weiland had one goal and two assists, Mitchell Pope two goals and Stefan Rovic, Kyle Johnson-Evers, Zach Jaske and Trevor Bednarek one goal each.
Defense is key
"We have been playing strong defense," Hess said of his team's surge. "We have allowed one goal in our last six games, and this allows us to be more free on offense.
"We are also taking advantage of our early chances. We had three goals in the first 15 minutes (against Tech) and multiple goals in the first 15 minutes (against Cudahy)."
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