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
|Vicente Navarrete||Milwaukee Reagan||46|
|Can Ozbalkan||Beaver Dam Wayland Academy||44|
|Isaiah Gronholz||Lakeside Lutheran||43|
|Tyus Groos||Stevens Point Pacelli||39|
|Luke Jansen||Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian||33|
|Isaac Schlenker||Milwaukee University School||33|
|Sinuhe Espinoza||Beaver Dam Wayland Academy||26|
|Victor Roque||Milwaukee Reagan||25|
|Luke Jansen||Waupun Central Wisconsin Christian||20|
|Luke Yenter||Stevens Point Pacelli||20|
|John Schwalbach||Kettle Moraine||19|
|Nick Gonzales||Menomonee Falls||19|
|Sean Tabbert||Milwaukee Pius||19|