Shorewood kickers' bid for state comes up short in OT shootout
Pewaukee advances with 4-2 win
Shorewood - Saturday's Division 2 sectional final soccer match between Pewaukee and Shorewood certainly was a long affair, but at the conclusion, the Pirates had earned their way to the state tournament by virtue of a 4-2 shootout win after the match had remained deadlocked at 0-0 through regulation and two overtime periods.
The hero of the shootout for Pewaukee (18-2-4) was goalkeeper Garrett Shibilski, who made two saves to stymie the Greyhounds' upset bid. On the first penalty kick, Shorewood's Bobby Kohl was on target, but Shibilski correctly guessed where Kohl was going to shoot and made a good save diving to his right.
"I had a feeling that he was going left, which was my right, his left. I just sort of knew," Shibilski said.
Austin Rosenberger then gave the Pirates an advantage by slipping his shot past Shorewood keeper Cooper Lang. Both teams then scored on the second round of penalties, with Raymond Jacquette scoring for Shorewood (15-3-3) and Ethan Halloran scoring for Pewaukee.
On the third round of penalties, however, Shibilski was again able to make a good save, guessing the spot that Rashaad Packer was aiming for.
"On the second one, he lined up and he looked (at the spot) for a second," he said. "I feel great, but it's a team effort."
Despite Kieran Quinan scoring Shorewood's fourth penalty take, Alex Zabel and Dominik Florian both put their penalties in the back of the net to send the Pirates to Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, where the tournament begins with a 3 p.m. WIAA D2 Friday battle against defending state champion Mount Horeb.
"It was a classic between two Woodland Conference foes," Shorewood coach Aron Gentry said. "Pewaukee came in very strong, as did we. We know how each other play. The game could have gone either way; it went down to the bitter end, and it was a tough note to go out on, but they deserve it as much as we did.
"I'd rather not leave it up to a shootout. I'd rather let the players play for another 5 or 10 minutes, but it's not my call, it's the WIAA's."
Both teams had their moments during the game, but neither was able to create a good opportunity to score. Pewaukee was more aggressive in the first half. Alex Zabel was involved in many of Pewaukee's early chances.
In the 13th minute, he was able to beat his marker on the right wing and sent a low cross into the penalty area, but Cooper was able to block it. Zabel also took two free kicks a short time later, but both were straight to Cooper.
Pewaukee kept up the pressure for the rest of the first half, and nearly found a breakthrough when Florian broke away from the Shorewood defense up the right, but the angle was too tight and his shot didn't seriously challenge Cooper.
"We were given plenty of opportunities to capitalize," Pewaukee coach Randy Staus said. "Shorewood's always a tough team to play. I think we left a few opportunities out there to score goals, but I thought we played overall pretty well."
The second half saw a feistier Shorewood gain more possession and create more chances. Early on, Shorewood won a free kick that Kohl sent into the penalty area, but Henry Cummings narrowly missed connecting to it with his head.
Midway through the half, Quinan collected the ball in the Pewaukee penalty area after a botched Pewaukee attempt to clear. He had only the goalkeeper to beat, but the angle forced him to shoot straight at Shibilski, and he saved the shot.
"We adjusted to the grass fields and played a little differently on the grass, other than that, I thought we controlled most of the possession as far as passing," Gentry said. "Both teams were playing a lot of long ball. I've been happy with how our players played and in another game on another field, it could've been a different result."
Among the leading seniors were Elliott Kucharczyk, Jack Froiland, Packer, Kohl, Ethan Halloran, Chris Knitter, Henry Cummings, Josh Landers, Chris Rou, Aria Kenarsary, and James Keane.
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