Pulaski blanks Menasha, ties West De Pere

Dustin Riese

The Red Raiders of Pulaski couldn’t have asked for a better start to their week as they trounced the Menasha Blue Jays in non-conference action 13-0 on Aug. 29.

Pulaski jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first 15 minutes and never looked back as they built up a 7-0 lead by the half. Zach Brodhagen (assisted by Nolan Pratt) opened the scoring in the first minute with Ben Uelmen (Donovan Holderness) making it 2-0 in the seventh minute and Maddox McKeefry (unassisted) in the 15th minute.

Pulaski continued to make things look easy as AJ Schenk picked up a pair of goals in the 22nd and 28th minutes, Nathan Jossie in the 26th minute and Holderness adding the seventh goal at the 40-minute mark. The second half was more of the same as Pulaski tacked on six additional goals in the first 18 minutes to end the game via the mercy rule. Hudson Schultz had two of those goals, as did McKeefry to complete his hat trick. Schenk added an additional goal, with Austin Marchand (Nathan Maroszek) adding the final goal in the 58th minute.

Pulaski 3, West De Pere 3

Goals were clearly not an issue this week for Pulaski as they scored 16 times across two games. After scoring 13 in their game against Menasha, they also managed to put up three against West De Pere while playing them to a 3-3 draw on Aug. 31.

West De Pere got out to a two-goal lead in the first half off goals from Johan Hernandez and Jonathon Romatowski, as things were looking bleak for the Red Raiders early on. With one minute remaining in the first half, Zach Valeria cut the deficit in half to make things 2-1 at the break.

The second half was a tale of two halves as it was the Red Raiders striking first. Brodhagen and Schultz combined to score twice and only two minutes apart as the Red Raiders took their first lead of the night, 3-2, just eight minutes into the half. Not even a minute later, Tyler Kowalczyk took it upon himself to tie things up as his unassisted goal made things 3-3. Pulaski keeper Josh Roth had three saves, with Cooper Nimmer picking up 12.

Wausau East 2, Shawano 1

Goals were tough to come by for Shawano this week, as they dropped a pair of non-conference games.

First, was a trip to Wausau East on Aug. 29 where the Lumberjacks came out victorious 2-1. Warner Beyer and Kody Popelka found the back of the net for the Lumberjacks. Drake Herm and Anderson Schmidt picked up the assists in that one, but Shawano was unable to find the breakthrough goal to tie things up.

Kody Popelka scored Shawano’s only goal.

Green Bay Southwest 2, Shawano 0

Much like their game earlier in the week, goals were tough to come by as the Hawks couldn’t find the net in a 2-0 loss to the Trojans. Jenson Troup and Mason Hermes had both goals for the Southwest team, who took an early 2-0 just nine minutes into the match. After that, it all came down to the goal tending, and Andrew Vanden Huevel was outstanding.

Not only did Vanden Huevel keep his team in it, but he did so by coming away with 19 saves as the Trojans were pestering him in goal all night. Even with a pair of losses, coach Andrew Brooks loves the direction his team is going as they continue to push toward conference play.

“We have a pretty young team compared to last year, with only three players returning with extensive varsity minutes,” he said. “This group has shown the ability to work hard, and (they) have been very coachable thus far. If those things continue, we should be in line for a great season.”

Amherst 9, Bowler/Gresham 1

It’s amazing how fast momentum can change in a game. After playing the Falcons tough most of the night, all it took was two mental breakdowns for the Falcons to take a competitive match up and flip it into a one-sided affair.

Amherst scored four times in the first half and five times in the second. Bowler/Gresham scored its only goal in the second half