W-M knocks off Rockford, falls to GSL

The Watertown-Mayer boys’ soccer team was in  action twice last week, knocking off Rockford on Thursday, Sept. 27, but falling to Glencoe-Silver Lake on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The 1-0 win over Rockford was an important one for the Royals, since the Rockets had defeated the Royals earlier this season. This time, Ben Goetz connected on a first-half goal to give Watertown-Mayer the only offense the team needed. Nick Hix’s shot off the goal post came back to Goetz, who put the ball in the net to give his team the lead. The Royals held Rockford off the board in the second half to preserve the win.

“The first game we lost to Rockford in overtime, so the players were very determined,” Watertown-Mayer coach Jeff Shults said. We played very strong.”

The Royals weren’t so fortunate in a game Saturday against Glencoe-Silver Lake, falling 2-1 in a game that Shults felt his team should have won. Hix gave the Royals the lead about 10 minutes before halftime, but the Panthers scored twice in the second half to take the lead. In the closing minutes, the Royals thought they had gotten an equalizing goal — what would have been an own goal scored by Glencoe-Silver Lake — but the goal was disallowed by the referee, who said the goalkeeper had previously gained possession of the ball.

Despite the disappointing ending, Shults said it was a game that probably shouldn’t have come down to the end anyway.
“We just didn’t play well,” he said. “I would have taken 2-2, but hopefully we play better this week.”

The Royals, who entered this week with a 6-7 record and who have had numerous college coaches recruiting at recent games, were also in action Monday for a home game against Maranatha Christian and Tuesday for a road game at PACT. The Royals will return to the field Thursday for another home game against Mayer Lutheran, the third time the teams will meet in the last several weeks. The game will serve as parents’ night, and is the final game of the regular season. Game time is 7 p.m.

The sectional tournament is slated to start Thursday, Oct. 2.

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