Soccer teams prepare for postseason play

Dustin Riese

High school regional soccer began this week as the regular season drew to a close the week before.

Pulaski 13, Manitowoc Lincoln 0

The Red Raiders jumped on the Ships early and often to post a 13-0 victory Oct. 10. Pulaski erupted offensively for eight goals in the first half before responding with five more in the second half to post the win. What makes this win even more surprising is they accomplished this feat in just 60 minutes as state mercy rules kick in at eight goals or more after the 60-minute mark.

The Red Raiders got goals from eight players, including five goals during a 15-minute stretch in the first half. Zach Valeria had a hat trick in the first half for the Red Raiders (13-5-1, 5-3).

The second half was more of the same as the Red Raiders scored five goals in the opening 10 minutes. Maddox McKeefry had a hat trick in the second half for Pulaski. Aran Capella had two goals and an assist on the night. Donovan Holderness added two assists and a goal for the Red Raiders. Josh Roth and Jonah Drevs combined in goal for the Pulaski shutout.

Green Bay Preble 1, Pulaski 0

Coming off a 13-goal outburst earlier in the week, the Red Raiders were back on the pitch Oct. 12 to face the Hornets. This game was vastly different from the Manitowoc game as just one goal was needed as the Hornets took care of business 1-0. This was the final game of conference play for either side as Pulaski finishes their season 13-6-1 including 5-4 in conference play.

The teams traded goal-scoring opportunities throughout the match. The game-winning goal came in the 51st minute off a Preble free kick that caromed off several players before Max Cruz was able to find the net. Josh Roth had six saves in goal for Pulaski.

Next on the docket for the Red Raiders is regional play, as they earned the No. 4 seed for their region and will play host to No. 13 seed Slinger.

Shawano 5, Green Bay West 0

Despite a rough start to the season that saw the Hawks battle through several massive injuries, Shawano stayed focused as they ended finishing 5-5 in Bay Conference play. That included a 5-0 win over the Wildcats on Oct. 10 to cap off the conference season as the Hawks seem to be peaking at the right time.

Shawano 5, Marinette 0

The Hawks ended the season on a winning note, defeating Marinette 5-0 on Oct. 12. Shawano finished with a 10-9-2 overall record.

In the postseason, No. 3 Shawano was scheduled to host No. 6 Medford on Oct. 19.

Pacelli/Iola-Scandinavia 12, Bowler/Gresham 0

Wins have been a struggle for Bowler/Gresham as they will enter the postseason sporting a 1-15 record and riding an 11-game losing streak. Not only have goals been hard to come by with Bowler/Gresham scoring just seven goals during this long losing streak, but stopping goals has also been an issue evident by their 12-0 loss Oct. 19.

Bowler/Gresham entered the postseason Oct. 17 as the No. 18 seed, traveling to Omro to take on the No. 15-seeded Foxes.