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Prep boys notes: Two No. 1 seeds fall in regional finals

10/21/2013, 7:15am CDT
By ERIC ANDERSON
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Higher-seeded teams continue to fare well in the WIAA boys soccer playoffs, advancing in 88 percent of matches, but two No. 1 seeds were upset victims in regional finals.

No. 4 seed Kenosha Bradford outlasted top-seeded Kenosha Tremper 1-0 in overtime Thursday in the Division 1 Tremper sectional, getting the golden-goal, game-winner from senior Johnny Rimkus in the 84th minute to upend their city rivals.

Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Barron knocked off No. 1 seed Chippewa Falls McDonell-Eau Claire Regis 1-0 in overtime in the Division 4 Marshfield sectional.

Overall, higher-seeded teams went 168-23-5 through regional play and advanced in 172 of the 195 games. That included a 51-11-2 record in the regional finals played Thursday and Friday.

One interesting bracket is the Division 2 Ashwaubenon sectional, which has a No. 6 seed playing a No. 7 seed in the sectional semifinals. Sixth-seeded Green Bay East topped third-seeded Watertown 1-0 and seventh-seeded Slinger got past No. 2 seed De Pere 2-1 – the Red Devils will play host to the Owls on Thursday for a spot in the sectional final.

Here are the records of higher-seeded sides for all four divisions through regionals:

Division 1 – 42-6-0
Division 2 – 37-8-2
Division 3 – 43-5-2
Division 4 – 46-4-1

  • Twenty-nine of the 64 regional finals were shutouts (45 percent), lowering the overall percentage of clean sheets for the tournament to 55 percent (108 of 195).
  • Matt Walsh scored in the first half, Dillon Ballentine doubled the lead in the second half and fellow senior Westin Burke made four saves for the shutout as third-seeded McFarland blanked host and second-seeded Delavan-Darien 2-0 in a Division 3 match last Thursday. The Spartans (17-6-1) started the season 3-6-1, but take a 14-game winning streak into Thursday's Mount Horeb sectional semifinal against top-seeded Sugar River in Belleville. Ballentine's goal was his ninth of the year, making him the fifth player on the McFarland roster to reach that mark.
  • Senior Christian Elliehausen had two goals and two assists, and Milwaukee Marquette scored four times in the opening 22 minutes in an 8-1 rout of Milwaukee South in Division 1 action that extended its postseason winning streak to 21. The three-time defending state champion Hilltoppers (15-1-2), who haven't lost a playoff match since the 2009, have an intriguing matchup against Muskego (19-4-1) in the Kenosha Tremper sectional semifinals – the Warriors are unbeaten in their past 14 games (13-0-1).
  • Here's a look at the state leaders in goals and assists, as reported to our partners at the Wisconsin Sports Network. WSN boys soccer statistics page

Goals

Player School Goals
Vicente Navarrete Milwaukee Reagan 46
Can Ozbalkan Beaver Dam Wayland Academy 44
Isaiah Gronholz Lakeside Lutheran 43
Jon Bucklew Somerset 40
Logan Tamke Ashland 39
Tyus Groos Stevens Point Pacelli 39
Gavin Meader Somerset 38
Austin Mahlik Marinette 35
Luke Jansen Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian 33
Isaac Schlenker Milwaukee University School 33

Assists

Player School Assists
Sinuhe Espinoza Beaver Dam Wayland Academy 26
Jon Bucklew Somerset 25
Victor Roque Milwaukee Reagan 25
Luke Jansen Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian 20
Luke Yenter Stevens Point Pacelli 20
Jake Swihart Oostburg 19
John Schwalbach Kettle Moraine 19
Nick Gonzales Menomonee Falls 19
Zachary Whiting Ashland 19
Sean Tabbert Milwaukee Pius 19

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