Twin-engine horsepower drives Elks

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John Barry
Sunday, October 15, 2017

ELKHORN--Elkhorn High's boys soccer team won the Southern Lakes Conference title this season.

Twin-engine horsepower fueled the championship drive.

Led by identical twins Kevin and Bryant Romero and Luke and Vince Umnus, the Elks finished 8-0-1 in the conference and defeated longtime nemesis and rival Delavan-Darien 2-0 in the league tournament title match Tuesday.

The Romero twins, both seniors, are forwards on the team. Luke Umnus, a junior, is a midfielder, while twin brother Vince is a defender.

Kevin Romero leads the Elks in scoring, while Bryant is second and Luke Umnus is fourth. Bryant and Luke provided the goals for the Elks in their victory over Delavan-Darien.

Elkhorn coach BZ Kayser said having two sets of twins on the same team is one thing, but having two sets of talented twins is special.

“Because the Romero twins are so competitive and are always competing against one another and pushing each other, they've made themselves into very good soccer players,” Kayser said. “And Luke and Vince are just two very good athletes. They've been playing soccer their whole lives but are also very good basketball players.

“You have to remember, Elkhorn is not really a hot bed for soccer. All four of them have had to do a lot of traveling and put in a lot of extra time year round.”

Elkhorn is 14-1-4 on the season and is looking for a return trip to state. The Elks advanced to the Division 2 state title match a year ago before losing to Whitefish Bay.

The Elks have allowed only 12 goals all season and have 12 shutouts.

Luke Umnus said the team is psyched as it prepares to open tournament play next week.

“We know what we have to do and what we're capable of,” Luke said. “The key for us is putting the ball in the net. There have been games where we outshot the other team by a lot but couldn't score.

“With our defense, we know we only have to put one or two in to win.”

Both sets of twins said they seem to have a sixth sense when it comes to their siblings.

Obviously, that can create a big advantage on the pitch.

“I can tell when Bryant is going to make a run or how he's going to play a ball,” Kevin said. “We've played together for a long time.

“We tend to look to each other and push each other.”

Vince Umnus said he never has to worry about where his brother will be on the field.

“I know that wherever I put the ball, he'll get to it,” Vince said. “And it's pretty much the same thing on the basketball court. I just seem to know where he's going to be and what he's going to do most of the time.”

The Romero and Umnus twins are quick to point out that they are just an equal part of a talented Elkhorn roster. The Elks have got scoring production up and down the lineup, and obviously are stellar defensively.

Caden Reece is the team's defensive stopper and possibly it's most valuable player.

“Caden is our best defender,” Vince Umnus said. “He is our lockdown guy back there and has shut down guys that had scored a lot of goals coming in.

“And getting to state last year and losing, we were all really motivated coming into this season to get back to state.”

Elkhorn's first goal of the season was to win conference. Mission accomplished.

The biggest goal, however, is bringing home a state title.

With their twin-engine horsepower, another long postseason run may begin Thursday for the Elks.

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