The No. 2 seed Kohler boys soccer team fell to No. 3 seed Sturgeon Bay 1-0 in the WIAA Division 4 semifinal on Friday at KOHLER Engines Stadium at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.
Kohler came out strong with the first four shots in the first 30 minutes of the match. Kohler sophomore Andrew Maglio nearly scored when he fired a powerful shot at the goal, but a heroic save by Clippers senior goalkeeper Trent Maas prevented Kohler from scoring, and the Clippers went on to dominate the second half to win the match. The Clippers then fell to No. 1 seed The Prairie School in the state final, 1-0.
In all, Kohler had eight shots and four on the goal. Nick Wandschneider had five shots, with Joe Kay and Andrew Maglio each getting one. Nick Wandschneider, Joe Kay, Jack Cassady, and Andrew Maglio each had one shot on the goal (SOG). Kohler goalie Collin Adams had five saves. The Clippers had a total of 10 shots with six at the goal, and four goalie saves. See all the stats at www.wiaawi.org.
This was only the second trip to state for Kohler, the sixth for Sturgeon Bay, with the Clippers winning the state title two years ago.
Kohler’s last trip to state was in 2009 under coaches Scott Feltner and John Schad. There was no Division 4 then, so Kohler (23-4-2) had to compete in Division 3. They walloped McDonell Cent./Regis 5-0 in the state semi-final, with Ryan Zittel scoring three goals and Frank Marzano and Austin Van Treeck each scoring one. They fell to Racine St. Catherine in the hard fought final, 1-0. Six players were named All-CLC with Coach Feltner receiving the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Coach of the Year award.
The Blue Bombers boys soccer program fell into a slump for a few years, with a deteriorating field with no scoreboard, and a reinvigorated football program attracting athletes and a merger with Sheboygan Lutheran’s football program. But this year’s new football field at Ebben and another state run, has Coach Rod Hogan and assistants Alex Romanini and Paul Thompson excited for the future of Kohler boys soccer, which will only lose four seniors this year.
As an interesting side note, Coach Rod Hogan has watched two of his sons compete in the only two state trips for Kohler. His oldest, Connor, played on the 2009 state qualifying team, and his youngest, Colin, plays on this year’s team. Connor went on to play four years of soccer for Carthage College in Kenosha.