Bowler/Gresham split pair to earn first soccer win

Dustin Riese

To say the Bowler/Gresham Bears have gotten off to a rough start would be an understatement as they entered last week in search of their first win of the boys soccer season.

A win was not to be had Sept. 5 as they faced the challenge of playing Columbus Catholic and fell 8-0 in that match.

With arguably some of their toughest games out of the way, the Bears can now focus on improving each game in hopes of playing their best soccer when it matters most. Picking up their first win of 2023 was certainly a start, as Bowler/Gresham withstood Tri-County High School to pick up a 4-3 win Sept. 7.

Colby Belongia was the man of the match as he picked up a hat trick in the Bears victory. Two of his goals were assisted by Porter Hoffman, and one was assisted by Danica Peters. Hoffman scored the other goal on a volley shot that was assisted by Belongia. Kaidyen Zaitz had six saves on the night for the Bears, a team that ran out of gas late as all three of Tri-County’s goals were scored in the final 13 minutes.

Pulaski stays red hot

• Pulaski 5, Wausau East 0: The Red Raiders have not only gotten off to a good start this season but seem to be rounding into top form. Winning a non-conference match against the Lumberjacks 5-0 was certainly another indication of that as Pulaski opened their week with a dominating showing.

Hudson Schultz notched a hat trick with two of his three goals coming in the second half. Pulaski opened the scoring in the sixth minute on Schultz’s first goal of the game before Maddox McKeefry and Ben Uelmen added two additional goals in the game’s first 15 minutes. Josh Roth and Jonah Drevs combined in goal for Pulaski to earn the clean sheet.

• Pulaski 4, Marinette 0: Already with one shutout under their belt, why not make it two as Pulaski posted their second clean sheet of the week over Marinette. Led by another balanced offensive attack and strong defensive play, the Red Raiders managed to score a pair of goals in each half to not only build an early lead, but to put the game away.

Schultz led the way with two goals in the 16th and 46th minute for Pulaski who improved to 4-2-1 on the season. AJ Schenk (31st minute) and Riley Crocker (74th minute) had the other two goals for Pulaski. Donovan Holderness assisted on three of the four Red Raider goals, with Aran Capella grabbing the other.

• Pulaski 4, Marshfield 0: If the Red Raiders continue to play the way they have all week, then they will be tough to beat as their win over Marshfield gave them three consecutive shutout wins. The Red Raiders pushed their unbeaten streak to six games with a 4-0 victory over the Tigers and got on the board early when Ben Uelmen converted a penalty kick in the 6th minute. Maddox McKeefry found the net for the Red Raiders (5-2-1) in the 21st minute to make it a two-goal margin at half.

Pulaski didn’t waste any time adding to their lead in the second half as they scored two times in the first seven minutes to extend their lead to 4-0. The first of those goals came from Zach Brodhagen in the 43rd minute, with Nolan Pratt landing one in the 47th minute. Hudson Schultz tallied two assists. Josh Roth played the full 80 minutes for the clean sheet in goal for Pulaski.

Shawano battles through busy week

• Green Bay East 6, Shawano 2: It wasn’t a good start to the week for the Hawks of Shawano as the Green Bay East Red Devils made quick work of them on the pitch 6-2. Shawano never seemed comfortable throughout the duration of this game.

• Shawano 3, New London 0: The Hawks had a nice bounceback win against New London on Sept. 7 as they blanked the Bulldogs in Bay Conference action 3-0.

Not only was their defense vastly improved from earlier in the week, but Warner Beyer set the tone on offense as he came away with two goals in the winning effort. Drake Herm scored the other goal for the Hawks, who were also led by Andrew Van Den Huevel and his eight saves in goal to post a clean sheet.