Boys Soccer: Shawano stumbles to Seymour after quick start

Klement, Etori net goals for Hawks
Morgan Rode
Sports Editor

SHAWANO — The Shawano Community High School boys soccer team got off to a quick start, but was unable to sustain the momentum in an eventual 12-2 Bay Conference loss to Seymour on Tuesday.

Shawano senior Michael Klement outhustled Seymour, which entered the week ranked 10th in Division 3 by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association, to get the hosts on the scoreboard. Klement netted the goal just 1 minute, 29 seconds into the game.

“The quick start by us was more just them falling asleep a little bit and losing track of speed,” said Shawano coach Bob Croschere. “He (Klement) got a nice shot off. It was one of those hustle goals.”

After that point, Seymour controlled the match.

The Thunder quickly answered the Hawks’ goal, scoring just 29 seconds later. Seymour then took the lead with another goal in the ninth minute of play.

“After the first goal, Seymour was able to answer extremely quick and we had a momentum change that swung the entire game opposite of us,” said Klement.

Seymour continued to pressure the Shawano defense, peppering Hawks’ senior J.J. Pyatskowit with several shots as he defended the goal.

Pyatskowit was able to make several saves, but eventually Seymour started to connect with its shots.

Seymour scored goals in the 26th, 28th, 31st and 36th minutes to bump its lead to 6-1.

After a couple failed offensive chances, Shawano was able to cut into the deficit when Klement assisted senior Chris Etori for a goal at the 36:41 mark of the first half.

Croschere said the goal was another one created by hustle, as Klement outworked a couple of Seymour defenders for the ball before setting up Etori with a pass in front of the net. Etori and the Seymour goalie collided on the play, but Etori was able to get enough of the ball to score.

Shawano continued to battle their conference foes, but Seymour’s constant offensive attack was too much to overcome. The Thunder added two more goals to take an 8-2 into halftime.

In the second half, Seymour upped its lead to eight with a pair of goals in about a six-minute span. With just two more Seymour goals needed after the 60th minute to end the contest, Shawano continued to make Seymour work for every offensive look.

“All I got to say is that you don’t want to lose. There’s no team that wants to lose,” said Etori on the Hawks’ fight. “We want to win every time we are out there, and you have to fight to win, and that’s what kept us up.”

“There was a point where lots of teams will say the game is over and give up. We made it to the 86th minute because the guys kept playing and there was no give up,” said Croschere.”

The Thunder finally wore the Hawks down in the final 10 minutes of action, scoring in the 82nd and 86th minutes to reach the 10-goal limit and end the match.

Pyatskowit finished with 14 saves while defending the net. Sophomore Kaden Cox stopped four shots after taking over as the goalie in the 60th minute.

With the loss, Shawano slipped to 1-2 on the season and 0-1 in the Bay. The team will look to bounce back as it plays in a double dual on Saturday in Mosinee.

Seymour 8 4

Shawano 2 0

First half

Sh: Michael Klement, 1:29

Se: Rhett Driessen, 1:58

Se: Austin Maass, 8:12

Se: Rhett Driessen, 25:09

Se: Maass, 27:52

Se: Rhett Driessen, 30:52

Se: Keven Sosa-Lassila, 36:00

Sh: Chris Etori (Klement assist), 36:41

Se: Rhett Driessen, 38:52

Se: Brock Volkman, 39:56

Second half

Se: Teig Driessen, 52:02

Se: Teig Driessen, 58:05

Se: Garrett Wendorff (Josh Klemp), 81:47

Se: Pace Jefferson (Teig Driessen), 85:25