Seven different players scored for Luther Prep’s boys soccer team in a 9-0 victory over Lomira in a WIAA Division 3 regional playoff opener Tuesday at LPS.
Luther Prep (13-7) outshot the visiting Lions 25-7 in a dominating display.
The third-seeded Phoenix came out very aggressively and took control right from the start. Passing and movement without the ball were fairly clean, and Prep did a nice job of switching fields and keeping Lomira on the move. That created countless one-on-one opportunities on the back side when the center midfielders switched the ball. The ball was on Lomira’s side most of the game.
Luther Prep opened the scoring 1 minute, 52 seconds into the match when Eric Oesterman crossed a ball to Max Shepherd wide open on the back side unmarked and he pushed a shot into lower left corner
In the 13th minute, Ethan Schultz flipped a ball up to Mike Vertz and he headed the ball in past the keeper.
Luther Prep went up 3-0 in the 36th minute when Jake Shepherd took the ball down to the corner, brought it up the end line and passed it to a crashing Schultz, who tapped it in.
The Phoenix scored their fourth goal of the opening half at the 37:32 mark when Norm Nitardy dribbled around three Lomira defenders in the middle of the 18 and hit a shot into the upper right corner.
Luther Prep played its starters for the first 10 minutes of the second half. The reserves kept up the pressure the rest of the way and accounted for three more scores.
Jake Shepherd scored the first of his two goals at the 45:11 mark. Schultz sent a pass over the top and Shepherd ran on it and juked a Lomira defender to go 1-on-1 with the keeper.
In the 50th minute, Conifer Berg gave a push pass to Jake Shepherd, who ran on it and hit the corner.
At the 65:56 mark, Alex Brown gave a pass to Hugo Ugalde-Bemer who bent a run and took the ball down to the corner and then brought it back to the middle for a shot in the lower left corner.
Justin Steinke scored the team’s eighth goal when he came from the backside unmarked and took a pass from Stephen Oelhafen to score a shot from inside the box. Steinke capped the scoring in the 78th minute when he was at the top of the 18 and cleaned up a ball that was squirting around and punched it in with the keeper never seeing the shot.
“I was very pleased with how we came out of the gate,” Luther Prep boys soccer coach Nate Kieselhorst said. “We talked about how they might overplay a side and leave the backside open for attack. The guys did a fantastic job of following our game plan. They did not underestimate their opponent. It was a great team effort from player 1 to 22. Everyone contributed. I was very proud of their focus and endurance in that weather.”
Luther Prep hosts sixth-seeded Lakeside Lutheran, a 5-4 winner over Prairie du Chien in overtime, in a regional final on Thursday at 4 p.m.
LUTHER PREP 9, LOMIRA 0
Lomira 0 0 — 0
Luther Prep 4 5 — 9
LP — M. Shepherd (Osterman) 1:52
LP — Vertz (Schultz) 12:28
LP — Schultz (J. Shepherd) 35:25
LP — Nitardy 37:32
LP — J. Shepherd (Schultz) 45:11
LP — J. Shepherd (Berg) 49:24
LP — Ugalde-Bemer (Brown) 65:56
LP — Oelhafen (Steinke) 70:15
LP — Steinke 77:10
Shots — Lo 7, LP 25
Saves — Buerger (Lo) 6, Snyder (LP) 4