Facing two of the top teams in Wisconsin, the Stillwater boys’ soccer team (2-2-1) played Cedarburg to a 2-all tie on Friday and followed that up with a 2-0 loss against Brookfield East in the finale of the Minnesota/Wisconsin Tournament on Saturday.
Hudson also participated in this annual two-day tourney and bounced back from a 2-0 loss to Brookfield East to defeat Cedarburg 3-0 in the early game on Saturday.
“Both teams are very good and one of the reasons this was started years ago was to give these schools an opportunity to play and challenge themselves,” Stillwater coach Jake Smothers said. “They are scheduled early so teams have a chance to learn and when there’s not as much on the line and the coaches and players can focus on themselves and lessons. We learned quite a bit and we’re working hard to try and resolve some of those things.”
Friday’s games were played in Hudson, before wrapping up on Saturday at Pony Stadium.
Stillwater 2, Cedarburg 2
At Hudson, the Ponies appeared in control after jumping out to a 2-0 lead, but the Bulldogs scored twice during a five-minute stretch midway through the second half to even the score. Both goals came on corner kicks.
Stillwater was outshooting the Bulldogs (6-1), who are Wisconsin’s third-ranked team in Division 2, by a 12-1 margin before Cedarburg notched its first goal.
“They scored two goals rather quickly, but it was a good game for both teams,” Smothers said. “The first goal caught us by surprise. It was their first concerted effort to our goal after we were dominant in the attack. Once the corner kick went in for their first goal we stopped doing what we did well, which was counter attacking off our own possessions.”
Patrick Allan scored for the Ponies in the 17th minute on an assist from Cole Bardwell and Nathan Purdie extended the lead with an assist by Sam Keran six minutes into the second half.
“The first 50 minutes we played really well,” Smothers said. “We had several more chances to score but weren’t able to capitalize on them. We had a couple really good looks towards the end of the game.”
Brookfield East 2, Stillwater 0
At Oak Park Heights, playing for the third time in as many days, the Ponies struggled against to gain possession against the Spartans (8-1), who are No. 1 in the Wisconsin Division 2 state rankings.
Stillwater outshot the Spartans 12-8, but quality won out over quantity in this one.
“They didn’t take many shots, but just possessed really well.”
The Spartans scored in the 25th minute of the first half and maintained that narrow margin until scoring in the final minute of the game for a 2-0 lead.