With a 4-0 shutout over Mound-Westonka last week, the Waconia boys’ soccer team clinched its third consecutive Wright County Conference championship.
WHS head coach Tyrel Seim said he never even thought about winning a conference title, let alone three in a row.
“When I started nine years ago, we were losing games 9-1 to the same teams who are in our conference,” he said. “I never thought of winning a conference title because it seemed like we were so far behind.”
He said this past week, he’s heard from many former players who played in the program during the struggling seasons and are excited to see the success of the team today.
“All our players want to leave the program better off than they left and I have always appreciated the hard work that players put in during practice and the offseason to get us to this point.”
Waconia began the week with a 1-1 overtime time against Orono. In the conference clincher on Sept. 26, the Wildcats were eager to capture the title and quickly went up 3-0 over the White Hawks. In the first 13 minutes of play, senior Marcel Montiel, junior Austin Bruggeman, and senior Ethan Komro all found the back of the net. Senior James Nash solidified the win at the end of the half with a header off a corner kick from junior Truen Breegemann.
Mound-Westonka made a slight comeback in the second half, evening the level of play, but the White Hawks were only able to score once, on a 40-yard ball into the wind.
With the WCC title in the bag, the ‘Cats went on to a 7-0 shutout of Glencoe-Silver Lake on Sept. 28. Seim said the first half was slow, with just one goal when junior Jake Stevenson found junior Tim Widmer for the score.
The ‘Cats woke up in the second half, putting six goals passed the G-SL goalkeeper off the feet of senior Nik Bohman (Montiel assist), Widmer (Komro assist), and Spurbeck (sophomore Josh Reich on the assist). Regular WHS goalkeeper John Rogers played the field against Glencoe-Silver Lake and netted his first two varsity goals in the second half of the game. He scored his first on a pass from Nash and his second clinched the win for WHS, scoring on a volley after a cross kick from junior Parker Aschenbrenner.
With a 12-0-2 record, the 2013 Wildcats are looking to become the second consecutive Waconia squad to have an undefeated regular season, something Seim said will not be easy.
“We just haven’t quite been ourselves lately,” he said. “We have been playing way too much as individuals and in the second half (of the G-SL game) we got back to basics of playing quick passes and combining with our teammates to open up shots for each other.”
The regular season wraps this Saturday as the Wildcats host Chanhassen at 11 a.m. Section 6A seedings will be announced early next week and it looks like the Wildcats will battle Breck for the No. 1 spot. The Mustangs, who the ‘Cats saw in last season’s section final, are currently 10-1-0 this year.
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