Bulldogs Go 2-0-1 in Busy Week of PlayIssue Date: September 26, 2019
Bulldogs Too Much for Storm, Win 5-2
The Peshtigo Bulldogs soccer team defeated Kewaunee Monday on the road 5-2.
Peshtigo started slow, giving up a goal in the opening minutes, but it wasn't long before the Bulldogs equalized through Grant Bauman. Peshtigo went into the half up and never ooked back.
Peshtigo coach Joe Denny said his team came out of the halftime break with better passing and ball control, scoring early and adding two more by the time the game was done.
"I was extremely happy with our plan in the second half, the communication, players' movement toward the ball and the passing," he said. I feel like we took advantage to work on our teamwork and everyone got to play."
Cade Tackmier scored two goals, with Jacob Berth, Grant Bauman and Adam Bauman each scoring one apiece.
Denny also referenced the defense of Ryan VanVooren and Landon Lemke, as a positive for the team.
Peshtigo Blanks Three Lakes/Phelps on the Road 2-0
It wasn't the high-scoring affair that their two other games of the week had been, but Peshtigo's 2-0 win over Three Lakes/Phelps on Tuesday will leave coach Joe Denny pleased with his defensive progress.
The Bulldogs played to a 5-5 draw with NEW Lutheran last week and a 5-2 win against Kewaunee, but a clean defensive performance is a positive for the Bulldogs.
John Conn and Adam Bauman scored for Peshtigo in the first half to help them to a road win.
The team played some outstanding soccer tonight," Denny said. "Everyone was moving and talking and it was a great continuation of how we finished last night's game against Kewaunee."
He said his offense missed a few opportunities, but the defense was top-notch, with goalkeeper Breyden Demmith posting a shutout.
"Defense again had another great game against a very fast forward front," Denny said. "Moving some players around has really helped this team."
Peshtigo and NEW Play to Draw in Packerland Matchup
It was a barn-burner on the soccer field at Bulldog Stadium on Thursday between Peshtigo and NEW Lutheran, finishing 5-5 in a high-scoring affair.
Peshtigo struck first just nine minutes into the game, with John Conn tapping in just in front of goal. The lead didn't last long, with NEW scoring off a deflection six minutes later. 10 minutes after that, the Blazers got their second. Just before the break, Peshtigo got its second to set up a wild second half. Cade Tackmier scored off a header to make it 2-2.
That wild second half began almost immediately, with Chandler Sanders scoring less than two minutes into the half.
"We had a lot of good balls and that was one of the things we talked about at halftime," Peshtigo coach Joe Denny said. "We could slot them. They're playing a three defense and we can slot them right through. Coming out right at halftime, that's exactly what we did."
That lead would hold for about 20 minutes before NEW scored on a rebound to draw level.
With 19 minutes to go, Peshtigo took the lead back from a Conn goal, as he scored his second of the game. With 13 minutes remaining, it looked like Peshtigo was about to seal things with a freekick goal off the boot of Adam Bauman. That feeling held on until there was 5:32 left on the clock and NEW's Charlie Troup took over, scoring off a rebound and knocking in a penalty kick with two minutes to play and sealing a 5-5 draw.
Denny wasn't happy with the call that led to the penalty, but he didn't blame that for the loss.
"I think we had several bad calls," he said. "I think there were a lot of handballs that were missed. We had the game, we couldn't finish it. I thought we've had two very good practices the last couple days and I expected a lot more. Some of the things we've been practicing we showed in this and there were some things we didn't do that we worked on. I think we're struggling to find our game and defensively we struggle sometimes in the closing minutes. Usually the design is our midfielders come back to help and our midfielders have been caught high and they have two or three very fast kids on that team."
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