September 19, 2019
By Scott Williams
WAUSAU – The Wausau West boys soccer team watched its unbeaten run through the Wisconsin Valley Conference come to a screeching halt at the hands of Marshfield on Thursday.
Marshfield rode second half goals from Kyle Tremelling and Alejandro Mayagoitia into a first-place tie with the Warriors after securing a 2-0 victory on the road.
West and the Tigers share the top spot in the conference standings at 4-1-0.
After a scoreless opening half, the Tigers grabbed the lead when Tremelling found the back of the net at 56:11.
The score would remain that way until Mayagoitia supplied an insurance goal with an unassisted tally in the 80th minute.
West had surrendered just two goals in four WVC contests coming into the matchup with the Tigers while averaging four goals a game.
The Warriors face another tough test Tuesday when SPASH comes to town for a 4:30 p.m. start.
Marshfield 0 2 – 2
Wausau West 0 0 – 0
Second half: 1. M, Kyle Tremelling, 56:11; 2. M, Alejandro Mayagoitia, 79:38.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Evergreens erased an early 2-0 deficit with four unanswered goals, including a pair of tallies from Tamirat Knutson, to down the Raiders and snap a two-game WVC skid.
Knutson got DCE started on the comeback trail with an unassisted goal at 30:20 of the opening half.
The Evergreens carried the momentum over to the second half. Connor Gilmore found the back of the net in the 50th minute to bring them even.
Knutson then gave DCE the lead for good with his second goal off an assist from Garrison Peak at 67:21. Diego Sanchez notched the clincher less than 10 minutes later with an assist from Knutson.
DCE keeper Matt Schafer kept the team in the match with nine saves.
D.C. Everest 1 3 – 4
Wisconsin Rapids 2 0 – 2
First half: 1. WR, Joey Ter Maat, 15:30; 2. WR, Dane Siler, 29:35; 3. DCE, Tamirat Knutson, 30:20.
Second half: 4. DCE, Connor Gilmore, 49:57; 5. DCE, Knutson (Garrison Peak), 67:21; Diego Sanchez (Knutson) 77:01.
SPASH 7, Wausau East 0
STEVENS POINT – The Lumberjacks paid a visit to Scaffidi Field in search of their second Wisconsin Valley Conference win.
Instead, East returned home licking its wounds after the Panthers dominated from start to finish to hand the Lumberjacks a lopsided shutout loss.
SPASH took control in the first half with three consecutive goals to head into the break with a 3-2 lead.
Jake Williams would increase the margin to four goals early in the second half before the Panthers added three more goals to close out East.
Wausau East 0 0 – 0
SPASH 3 4 – 7
Second half: 4. SPASH, Jake Williams, 55:00.
Wausau West 3, Merrill 1
WAUSAU – Robyn Kirsch had a team-high 14 kills to go with 16 digs and four block assists and the Warriors rebounded to knock off the Bluejays in a Valley dual meet.
West overcame a slow start to pick up the 18-25, 25-18, 25-12, 25-22 victory and move to 1-1 in the conference with the help of 30 assists from Grace Michalske.
Cassandra Oelke led a strong defensive charge with 20 digs, while Jenna Rusch and Kiley Deation each finished with 11 digs. Anna Cunningham chipped in with seven kills.
Wausau East 3, Marshfield 2
MARSHFIELD – Taylor Pagel recorded 25 kills, 10 digs and four aces and Kendra Behnke collected 32 assists and five aces to help the Lumberjacks outlast the Tigers in Wisconsin Valley Conference action.
The back-and-forth match saw East prevail 25-20, 16-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9 to improve to 2-0 in the conference.
“East battled hard despite a couple injuries during match,” East coach Sarah Fisher said. “Our team motto stays true: ‘Fight to the finish.’”
Chelsea Lambrecht led the defensive effort for the Lumberjacks with 24 digs. Grace Stimac helped out with five blocks and 11 kills. Gabby Braatz added 13 assists.