Soccer roundup: Comets win 4th straight regional title
The Delavan-Darien boys soccer team continues to make itself at home in Lake Geneva.
Jordy Perez's goal got the top-seeded Comets rolling in a 5-1 win over Saint Anthony on Saturday, clinching the school's fourth straight WIAA Division 3 regional championship.
Delavan-Darien (23-1-2) hosted both its regional games on Lake Geneva Badger High's artificial-turf field and will face Shorewood there Thursday at 6 p.m. in a sectional semifinal.
The finely-manicured turf suits the nimble Comets just fine.
“We're a better team with the ball on the ground,” Delavan-Darien coach Mike Marse said. “We've always played well on the turf.”
Perez volleyed home a pass from Zeus Huerta, Jason Cano scored twice in the first half and Osvaldo Torres bagged his second goal of the season to give the Comets a 4-0 lead at halftime.
Huerta added a second-half goal, his 50th of the season, for the final scoreline.
“They celebrated it,” Marse of his players. “I told them, 'We weren't done.'”
The reigning Division 3 state champions will have to get through Shorewood, and then either Pius XI Catholic or Waukesha Catholic Memorial, to return to the state tournament.
No goal times were provided for Saturday's regional final.
DELAVAN-DARIEN 5, SAINT ANTHONY 1
St. Anthony 0 1—1
Delavan-Darien 4 1—5
DD—Jordy Perez (Zeus Huerta). DD—Jason Cano (Andres Vasquez). DD—Cano (Huerta). DD—Osvaldo Torres (Huerta).
SA—No name provided. DD—Huerta (Ulysses Reyes).
Elkhorn 7, Waunakee 1—The top-seeded Elks bolted past visiting Waunakee in a Division 2 regional final Saturday.
Kevin Romero set up Bryant Romero for a goal just 2:01 into the match, the first strike in a first-half onslaught, and the Elks (16-1-4) ran their longest winning streak since 2011 to 16 games.
Elkhorn will host No. 4 Sauk Prairie in a sectional semifinal Thursday at 6 p.m. at Elkhorn High.
Adam Reigle and Luke Umnus each scored to push the lead to 3-0 after 17:45. Caden Reece added a goal at 36:45 and Kevin Romero, Umnus and Sean Ahler each scored in the second half.
ELKHORN 7, WAUNAKEE 1
Waunakee 0 1—1
Elkhorn 4 3—7
E—Bryant Romero (Kevin Romero), 2:01. E—Adam Reigle (Luke Umnus), 13:57. E—Umnus (Bryant Romero), 17:45. E—Caden Reece, 36:45.
E—Kevin Romero (Bryant Romero), 49:43. W—Name not provided, 62:42. E—Umnus (Kevin Romero), 71:41. E—Sean Ahler, 86:36.
Evansville 3, Whitewater 0—Kevin Garcia, Peyton Townsend and Johannes Haakenson each scored a second-half goal to lift Evansville to its first regional title since 2014 with a 3-0 win over visiting Whitewater in a Division 3 regional final Saturday afternoon.
Garcia broke a scoreless tie with an unassisted goal in the 62nd minute as the third-seeded Blue Devils (13-2-3) advanced to a sectional semifinal Thursday in Madison against second-seeded McFarland.
No. 11 Whitewater (9-12-2), fresh off a 2-0 upset of sixth-seeded West Salem, could not beat Evansville keeper Alex Wille, who recorded 11 saves.
EVANSVILLE 3, WHITEWATER 0
Whitewater 0 0—0
Evansville 0 3—0
E—Kevin Garcia, 61:35. E—Peyton Townsend (Tyler Hanson), 66:20. E—Johannes Haakenson (Garcia), 78:35.
Saves: Alex Wille (E) 11, Alex Vidalez (W) 4.
Last updated: 11:46 pm Saturday, October 21, 2017