That was easy.
Caleb Ebbers registered a hat trick and the Sheboygan Falls boys soccer team started its postseason bid at home Tuesday with an encouraging 7-0 shutout over the 17th-seeded North Fond du Lac/Oakfield Orioles.
The Falcons are seeded second in their WIAA Division 2 bracket this year, their highest seed since 2008, when Falls again was the No. 2 seed.
“It was a dominant performance for us tonight,” Falls coach Kristofer Rusch said in a statement. “We found space all over and really moved the ball quickly and efficiently.”
Ebbers had three goals, and Nate Heili, Michael Winkler, Josh LaPean and Danny Novicki each had one.
“It was a true team effort tonight and a good opening game,” Rusch said.
It’s the second time in three playoff games that Falls has won in a shutout. Their most recent postseason win came last fall in a 2-0 rout against the Orioles.
Falls (16-2-7, 13-1 Eastern Wisconsin Conference) will ride a five-game win streak into Thursday’s regional final against 10th-seeded Marinette, which knocked seventh-seeded Waupun out of the playoffs in a 4-0 shutout Tuesday.
Plymouth 4, Luxemburg-Casco 3
The fifth-seeded Panthers survived one heckuva scare Tuesday against the 12th-seeded Spartans, who threatened an upset in Tuesday’s playoff opener.
Plymouth (12-8-2, 10-3-1 EWC) moves on to a regional final Thursday against fourth-seeded Two Rivers, which advanced after posting a 5-0 shutout Tuesday against Mayville.
Details from Tuesday’s game weren’t immediately available.
Winneconne 3, New Holstein 1
Mike Pasineau gave New Holstein a short-lived lead at the eight-minute mark, but Winneconne roared back with three unanswered goals to end the Huskies’ season.
“It came down to which team was going to come out the final 40 minutes and fight through the conditions and they just outplayed us in the second half of the game,” New Holstein coach Nate Laabs said in a statement. Both teams played in heavy rain and wind.