Bulldogs Jump Out to Early Lead, Hold Off Storm 5-3

Peshtigo stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the first half and held on to defeat Kewaunee 5-3 Thursday night.
Peshtigo scored the first goal just over 10 minutes into the game on a strike from freshman forward Cameron Williams.  Senior Grant Bauman doubled Peshtigo’s advantage less than two minutes later on a breakaway.
“We finally got our forwards connecting together with a number of breakaways,” Peshtigo coach Sam Wargula said. “We saw a little glimpse of that last week and I knew we finally had a connection of something clicking in their brains today. It was good to see five of those in the first 10 minutes, and two of them turned into goals, I think.”
Wargula said the Bulldogs talked a lot over the last couple of days about not coming out flat. Peshtigo was beaten 8-0 last week by Clintonville, but that wasn’t a problem on Thursday.
Bauman, the Bulldogs’ lone senior, scored his second in the 18th minute, and Williams made it 4-0 shortly before the halftime break.
Kewaunee scored 10 minutes into the second half, but Williams answered to complete his hat-trick with less than 18 minutes to play.
The Bulldogs did make a couple of midfield mistakes with 12 and nine minutes left to help Kewaunee score two goals, but Peshtigo held on to a two-goal lead to win 5-3.
Wargula’s team has just 14 players after a mad scramble before the season to get enough players and save the season. That has left him with just two freshman center midfielders in the position that consistently runs more than any other on the field.
By the end of each game, that makes for a tired midfield and the added possibility of mistakes.
“You have these better teams, and they can really capitalize on it when the numbers are in their favor, 6-on-4, 7-on-4. Clintonville scored a lot off of that,” Wargula said. “Today, we had pretty much all three of their goals off of that: a breakdown in the center of the field, our defense gets a little out of position, and a goal comes from it. I would really just chalk it up to a little bit of inexperience.”
Regardless, the team has come a long way from being within hours of a cancelled season. With just 11 players signed up on the deadline of the season’s pending cancellation, players were sitting on their phones at practice, calling friends to get the team to 15.
After they got there, two quickly dropped off the team and one more joined, leaving the total at 14, barely more than the 11 required on the field at any given time. To be winning games like this one and the team’s win against rivals Marinette in the second game of the year is a big feat.
“Beyond ecstatic,” Wargula said.
Bulldogs Blitzed
by Blue Jays 8-1

Three Lakes/Phelps beat Peshtigo 8-1 on the soccer field Tuesday.
The hosting Blue Jays scored four goals in each half, with a Tobias Volkmann hat-trick and two assists leading the way.
Chase Melton, Ian Mouw, Ashton Boehm, Eli Erickson, and Charlie Liebscher each scored a goal for the team.

 

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