With injuries mounting and players fighting fatigue, the Two Rivers boys soccer team allowed visiting Sheboygan Falls to score in the 78th minute to break a tie and hand the Raiders a 3-2 loss on Tuesday.
“Both teams were so fired up and pushing hard,” Two Rivers coach David Anschutz said. “It was an amazing battle. Both teams played extremely well.”
Sheboygan Falls scored in the 28th minute to get the early, and momentum was in the Falcons’ favor as Two Rivers standout Brock Gospodarek exited the game in the 35th minute after experiencing pain in his hip.
Three minutes later Gospodarek’s teammate Cameron Greene tallied the Raiders’ first goal of the game and the score remained 1-1 into halftime.
Twenty minutes into the second half Greene scored again to make it 2-1, but the lead was short lived as 11 minutes later the Falcons tied the game at 2-2.
With two other Two Rivers standouts — Tyler Shallow and Erich Gleichner — experiencing flu-like symptoms throughout the game, Sheboygan Falls outlasted the Raiders and notched their final goal with little more than a minute remaining in the contest.
“(The players) fought as hard as they could but the team was so exhausted,” Anschutz said. “It was a very good game. I can’t say enough about how hard both sides played. It was a great game.”
Two Rivers (13-6, 9-3 Eastern Wisconsin Conference) will host Plymouth on Tuesday.
Kewaskum 3, Kiel 2
With the game tied 0-0 at halftime, host Kiel allowed the Indians to score in the 45th and 48th minute and couldn’t recover from the 2-0 deficit.
The Raiders’ Michael Gilsdorf scored in the 54th minute on an assist from Drake Hupf to cut Kewaskum’s lead while teammate Rogie Ventura tied the game up on a penalty kick 11 minutes later.
Kewaskum tallied its final score in the 70th minute.
Josh Sabrowski made six saves for Kiel (1-20, 0-12 Eastern Wisconsin Conference).
Manitowoc Lincoln 1, Sheboygan North 0
Host Lincoln was outshot by North 12-4 but still emerged victorious.
The Ships made their chances count as Michael Olson scored unassisted in the 48th minute.
Lincoln (13-4-2, 4-4-1 Fox River Classic Conference) host Sheboygan South on Monday.