MILWAUKEE, WIS- Today was the first day of the WIAA State Soccer Tournament at Uihlen Soccer Park. Early in the morning, we saw the Division 3 State Semifinals as you can see the results below for those games.
Overall, it was an okay weather day for the games as it started a little chilly in the morning when the Pius XI and Belleville/New Glarus took the field with it only being in the 40s. Later in the day the sun came out and warmed up a little bit for the Division 2 and 3 Semifinals.
D3 Semifinal Game Photo:
WIAA D3 Semifinal: #1 Pius XI – 0 vs. #4 Belleville/New Glarus – 3
During the first game of the day between Pius XI and Belleville/New Glarus, it was a quick and fast first half for Belleville/New Glarus as they scored all of their points in the first half. You can read all about how they took down the #1 seeded Pius XI Popes below in a 3-0 clash.
This year Pius XI came in as the #1 seed during the WIAA State Soccer Tournament with a 14-4-2 record including the regular season and postseason games. Pius XI beat New Berlin Eisenhower to get to the State Soccer Tournament. For Pius XI, Nic Gonzales-Polar had the most shots on goal with four coming close to scoring a few times.
Today, Belleville/New Glarus knocked off Pius XI during the State Tournament 3-0 scoring all of its goals in the 1st half. Today, Aiden Hatleberg led the Raiders with two goals and three shots on goal with one of them coming unassisted at 2:25 and at 9:12 during a penalty kick. Minutes later one of the Raiders substitutes came up with a goal that being Josh Potter at the 18-minute mark. They will play Plymouth for the WIAA Division 3 State Championship at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday Morning.
Belleville/New Glarus won over Jefferson (6-1), La Crosse Logan (3-0), and McFarland (4-3), and in the Sectional final they took down Edgewood Sacred Heart (2-1).
WIAA D3 Semifinal: #2 Plymouth – 5 vs. #3 Somerset – 0
This game was the second of the WIAA State Soccer Division 3 Semifinal game between Plymouth and Somerset. Looking over the whole game Plymouth showed lots of speed throughout the game and never held back as they look to make a serious run come Saturday Morning.
Plymouth had to make a series run in the postseason to get to the State Tournament by defeating Winnecone (11-0), Waupun (3-0), Kewaskum (2-1), and a very tough Notre Dame Academy team in the Sectional final by a score of 1-0.
Today for Plymouth Jaren Baltus scored the first goal at 8:22 right from the beginning then at 16:38 Carter Schmitz added a goal, then minutes later Alec Wilderman added to the scoreboard to give them a 3-0 lead at 20:36. Now to the second half when Owen Plate scored two goals one at 64:47 and the other at 66:53.
Plymouth with the 5-0 victory they will play Belleville/New Glarus at 11:00 am for the WIAA Boys Soccer Division 3 State Championship.
WIAA D2 Semifinal: #1 Waukesha West – 2 vs. #4 West De Pere – 3 (FINAL/OT)
This was the best game of the day when it came to WIAA State Boys Soccer. Lets just say it was the first game today that both teams scored points. Waukesha West led for most of this game 2-0 and that was the Halftime score.
Scoring for Waukesha West early on today was Andrew James who delivered a goal assisted by Chase Frea at the 12 minute mark to give them the 1-0 lead. Then at the 24 minute mark Waukesha West scores once again this time by Connor Urban and was assisted by Andrew James and West lead 2-0 at the 24 minute mark.
To the second half we go as this might have been the Phantom’s best half a year starting down 2-0 and we hit the 52nd minute when Landen Arnstad hit West De Pere’s first goal assisted by Tyler Kowlacyk and the game was now 2-1. The night only gets crazier with 17 seconds left in the game West De Pere hits the game tying goal from Carter Borley who headbutted the game tying kick assisted from Landen Arnstad.
Overtime we head where it ended up being all West De Pere as Landen Arnstad the day he has had kicks the game winning goal from the right wing to give the Phantoms the lead 3-2 at the 85th minute and they would go on to win.
West De Pere will face Union Grove in the Division 2 State Championship game at 1:30pm on Saturday Afternoon.
Game Tying Kick Highlight for West De Pere:
— Matt Peck (@matt_peckwi) November 2, 2023
D2 Semifinal Game Photo:
WIAA D2 Semifinal: #2 DeForest – 0 vs. #3 Union Grove – 2
The final game of the night took place between DeForest and Union Grove and they got the most chilly game of them all under the lights in Milwaukee.
During the Division 2 Semifinal Game Union Grove did all of the scoring in the first half tonight with goals coming from Owen Zikowski which was 24 seconds into the game on a penalty kick so Union Grove was not messing around to start this one. During the 23rd minute, Union Grove scored there second goal of the night and there last goal which gave them 2-0 lead and that would go on to hold, that was scored by Niall Hagen.
An additional piece for Union Grove tonight was the Goalie Finn Jacobs saved two goals that could have potentially put us at a tie game.
Tucker Schmidt who played goalie for DeForest tonight faced nine shots and had two saves as goalie.
DeForest only had two shots on goal all night and Union Grove seemed to play pretty good defense today as well.
The Union Grove Broncos will face the West De Pere Phantoms in the Division 2 State Championship game at 1:30pm on Saturday.
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