By Brett Hart
Entering the 2018 state tournament on a mission, Amery’s boys’ soccer team shut out Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 3-0, on 42-degree Nov. 2 day in Milwaukee.
“KML had a great passing game and were very accurate with their one touch passing,” said Amery Coach Flint Karis. “We pressured as much as we could to disrupt their attack, and it was successful at times in creating turnovers.”
The Warriors scored their go-ahead goal at the 16:15 mark as Galen Coy drove in an unassisted goal low into the net.
Amery then escaped a potential equalizer just before halftime on a hard shot that hit the post.
Each team fired off six shots in the first half.
The Warriors continued pressing in the second half, but “were more disciplined and did a better job of containing KML,” Karis said.
Noah Rademaker tapped in a ball in a scrum in front of the net from a corner kick to put Amery ahead, 2-0. And Coy sealed the win, when he sped past two KML defenders on a breakaway to beat the goalkeeper for his second unassisted goal of the day.
While this was Amery’s second trip to the state tournament, the win set the stage for its first ever state championship game. To top it all off, Amery became the first Middle Border Conference boys’ soccer team to compete in a state final.
Coy finished with five shots (four on goal) for two goals to lead the Amery offense. Overall, the Warriors scored three goals on just nine shots (eight on goal). Also taking shots were Andrew Prindle, Dylan Thomsen, Dylan Eiynck and Rademaker.
Goalkeeper Mason Helbig preserved the shutout, collecting six saves as Kettle Moraine Lutheran fired off 12 shots. Kettle Moraine also held a corner kick advantage of 8-5.