Mosinee Overcomes Shawano in the WIAA playoffs

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Mosinee and Shawano met for the second time this season at Edgewood Field. In the first game, Shawano scored first, but Mosinee came back for a 4-2 victory. The stakes, and game, were much closer this time.

Mosinee handled the ball and the game early and throughout the game. Shots came to Mosinee, but not anything that scored. Toren Holtz got at least one shot off the right post. With clear control of the game, it seemed only a matter of time before Mosinee would score. To the surprise of Mosinee, at 11” Shawano got the ball down the Mosinee right flank and pulled off a shot. The ball deflected off of Mosinee’s Keaton Wieloch, into the waiting boot of Shawano’s Braylon K, and he finished off the shot for a 1-0 Shawano lead.

Mosinee had dominated play, but teh scoreboard showed they were behind. Despite Mosinee’s best efforts, no shot would go in, and Mosinee went into halftime down 0-1.

In the second half, Mosinee came out with inspired play. Immediate pressure gave the ball to Mosinee, and at last the ball came to Toren Holtz who finished off a low kick to the far post, tying the game just 3” into the second half! It appeared the momentum and the game would shift into Mosinee’s favor. Corner after corner went Mosinee’s way. Long and short shots were taken. At least one more shot went off the Shawano post. But nothing would go into the net.

 

Shawano occasionally got opportunities near the Mosinee end, but paly was mostly controlled by Mosinee. As the clock ran down, so did the opportunities, and regulation ended with a 1-1 tie.

In the WIAA playoffs the teams play two complete 10-minute halves, no matter what the score happens to be. Just 1” in, Mosinee got a direct kick just 20 yards out. Cole Holtz’ kick didn’t go in, but Garret Donohue was there to clean things up, and he put the touch on the go-ahead score. From there Mosinee took control of the game. For the rest of the 1st overtime, Mosinee had possession.

Going into the 2nd Overtime, Shawano got more chances, but Mosinee patiently took time off the clock whenever possible. The clock went down to zero, and Mosinee won, 2-1.

For the game, Mosinee had 20 corner kicks to 1 for Shawano. Mosinee had 17 shots on goal, Shawano had 5.

Mosinee’s next game in the WIAA playoffs is at Waupaca at 7pm on Saturday, October 23.

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]