Calian Schrader did what he’s done pretty much all season.
The senior midfielder sent a header into the bottom corner of the goal 15 minutes into Tuesday’s game, and the rest of Sheboygan North’s stingy defense took care of the rest in a 1-0 Golden Raiders win over cross-town rival Sheboygan South.
“It’s not that our whole offense runs through him, but he works so hard for the ball,” North boys soccer coach Tim Eirich said of Schrader, the Raiders’ leading scorer and a big reason the team is sitting atop the Fox River Classic Conference standings late this season. “… Cal goes for everything and when its up in the air, he’ll get to it with a header.”
Aside from allowing the lone goal midway through the opening half, South’s defense largely played to snuff, and the Redwings offense at times kept their rivals on their toes.
From late in the first half through most of the second, the Redwings (3-8-3, 1-6 FRCC) looked to claw their way back to a tie, at times edging near North’s goal and threatening to even the score.
But North’s veteran defensive corps, which includes four seniors and junior captain Will Hapeman, got scrappy when it needed to to preserve the shutout and keep the Raiders’ undefeated conference streak alive (16-1, 7-0 FRCC).
South’s own defense, for its part, played a solid final 65 minutes, keeping North’s typically potent offense silent for much of the night. The Raiders, who have averaged three goals per game in 10 shutouts this year, threatened several times down the stretch, sending shot-on-goal after another in the final 25 minutes — only to see South goalkeeper Joey Schultz make a series of leaping saves.
“He’s acrobatic,” South coach Mike Heinen said of his senior goalie, who finished the game with six saves.
“We really elevated our play,” Heinen added. “… We had a chance to win — we had a chance to at least tie. We played a good game.”