Neenah strikes early in shutout of Elkhorn, other scores
Unfortunately for Elkhorn, Neenah wasn’t about to whip out the welcome wagon.
The Rockets scored in the first 20 seconds of the first half and then another in the first 22 seconds of the second half en route to a 3-0 victory over Elkhorn in a quarterfinal game here Thursday night.
Neenah, which is making a state-record 15th state tournament appearance, plays Kettle Moraine in a semifinal tonight.
The Lasers advanced after knocking off Chippewa Falls,
2-1, in another quarterfinal game.
Elkhorn, meanwhile, saw its school-record 20-game winning streak come to a disappointing end.
“This is the best team (Neenah) that we’ve played all year, hands down,” said Elkhorn coach BZ Kayser, whose team posted a school-record 22 wins and its first Southern Lakes Conference championship. “They are really well-coached and overlap very well out of the back and through the midfield with their forwards.”
Neenah took control from the start. After the Rockets took possession on the opening kick, midfielder Jordan Williams blew past the Elk defense and found a wide-open Taylor Hoffman, who blasted a goal past Elkhorn goalie Erik
“They scored twice in less than a minute in the first half and less than a minute into the second half,” Kayser said. “At the point, you get deflated.”
Elkhorn managed to keep its spirits high for the rest of the half, down just a goal at halftime.
The Rockets, however, took over from there.
Max Meier’s header found the net just 22 seconds into the second half and put Neenah in control. Meier later put the game out of reach, 3-0, with another goal at the 52:34 mark. Elkhorn couldn’t muster a response from there.
“Obviously we’re not an offensive threat like other teams are, and when they got up by two goals, we lost our confidence,” Kayser said.
Despite his team losing confidence against the Rockets, Kayser views the loss as a step in the right direction for his program.
“It’s pretty amazing what we accomplished this year with the kids we have that don’t play club soccer,” Kayser said. “We were the first Elkhorn team to get here. To be honest, I don’t know if it will ever be broken.”
NEENAH 3, ELKHORN 0
Elkhorn 0 0—0
Neenah 1 2—3
N—Taylor Hoffman (Jordan Willams) 0:23.
N—Max Meier (Trevor Brost). N—Meier (Tylor Rosera).
Saves—Erik Papenfus (E) 6, Jared Bahn (N) 1.
KETTLE MORAINE 2, CHIPPEWA FALLS 1
Kettle Moraine 1 1—2
Chippewa Falls 0 1—1
KM—Trey Dowling, 3:15.
CF—Jason Fascingbauer (penalty kick), 6:16. KM—Bret Perinovic (Connor Wall), 71:11.
Saves—Mack Wheeler (KM) 3, Jon Wollman (CF) 10, Mark Pearson (CF) 0.
MARQUETTE 6, PREBLE 2
Milwaukee Marquette 4 2—6
Green Bay Preble 2 0—2
GBP—Luis Franco, 14:18. MM—Patrick Hodan (Logan Andryk), 17:16. MM—Paul Stamas (Andryk), 19:07. MM—Hodan, 27:55. GBP—Evan Garcia, 28: 22; MM—Hodan (penalty kick), 37:47.
MM—Joe Kennedy (Alex McBride), 53:56. MM—Jackson Weiss (Jack Menard), 79:27.
Saves—Mark Kosobucki (MM) 1, Jason Tauschek (GBP) 7.
MIDDLETON 1, BROOKFIELD EAST 0
Middleton 0 1—1
Brookfield East 0 0—0
M—Steven Harris, 48:46.
Saves—Max Zimmerman (M) 2, Alex Cagle (BE) 3.