Monona Grove Boys’ Football Loses To DeForest To Beat Monroe | Monona / Cottage Grove Herald-Independent
Senior Marcus DeGroot gets a ball play in Monona Grove’s 2-0 loss to DeForest on Tuesday, October 5.
Everyone was invited to the Monona Grove goal party as the Silver Eagles beat Monroe 10-0 on Thursday, October 7.
It only took MG two minutes to get on the board, as junior Nathan Haberli scored the opening goal. Junior Milo Kohl scored a minute later on an assist from junior Ben Zielke, giving the Silver Eagles a 2-0 lead.
In the 13th minute, Kohl added another goal. A minute later, senior Elias Agnew stole a pass from Monroe’s goalie and put the ball in the net to give the Silver Eagles a 4-0 lead.
Senior Lester Bumm appears to be holding a ball against DeForest on Tuesday, October 5.
Zielke, who scored in the 19th minute, gave the Silver Eagles a 6-0 lead, and senior Lester Bumm scored in the 29th minute. Senior Mitchell Hackel scored in the 34th minute with an assist from Bumm to take a 7-0 lead.
Senior Grant Coogan scored an assist from senior Jordan Davis-Troller and Haberli assisted junior Aidan Goss, making the score 9-0.
Junior goalkeeper Max Adrians was able to play on the pitch and scored in the second half, after Davis-Troller fired a long free-kick attempt. The shot was deflected by Monroe’s keeper, but the volley went to Adrians, who scored the final goal.
Monona Grove’s season record improves to 6-10-2, 4-2-1 in conference. In the first round of the regionals, the Silver Eagles will face Milton at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 19 at Monona Grove High School.
The Silver Eagles gave the DeForest Norskies all they could manage, but lost 2-0 on Tuesday, October 5.
“I’m feeling great heading into the playoffs,” said Monona Grove head coach Randy Becker. “The tough part of the season really exposed our weaknesses, and the return of just two starters from last year revealed what we needed to work on, and we’ve improved throughout the season.”
Senior Owen Dziedzic dribbles the ball in Monona Grove’s 2-0 loss to DeForest on Tuesday, October 5.
Facing another top-ten team in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association poll, Monona Grove came out controlling possession in the first ten minutes. Junior Nathan Haberli managed two shots, but the game went scoreless. Senior Owen Dziedzic scored on goal in the 15th minute but was saved by the DeForest keeper.
DeForest broke through in the 23rd minute after Owen Chambers rebounded from a save by junior goalie Max Adrians to give the Norskies a 1-0 lead. The Norskies looked for more chances but had two shots over the bar in the 25th and 27th minutes.
Monona Grove looked to equalize, but Haberli saved a shot in the 30th minute. Adrians made two saves in the 32nd and 33rd minutes, keeping the game 1-0 in favor of DeForest. Senior Issac Cram stopped a two-on-one counterattack in the 37th minute, preventing the DeForest forward from making the pass, keeping the deficit 1-0 before halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Silver Eagles’ offense looked menacing with combined play developing from midfield and spreading to the wings.
“We were trying to make Milo Kohl understand that he could beat this outside defender with his speed, and we felt like he was a stronger player overall,” said Becker.
Junior Milo Kohl sent a pass into the box with the Silver Eagles in sight, but it was picked up by the DeForest goalkeeper in the 49th minute. Haberli sent a shot over the crossbar in the 50th minute.
“We’ve had times where we’ve outgrown them, possessed them, but that’s the beauty of the sport – anyone can win,” Becker said.
DeForest added to their lead with a goal from Jacob Tutat, assisted by Blake Olson, in the 56th minute. Down 2-0, MG’s closest goal came from a shot from senior Lester Bumm, who dived over the bar in the 69th minute. DeForest hung on for the 2-0 victory.
“Our record might not show it based on the competition, but I will play any of the teams in our section and feel like we can give them a battle at least now,” said Becker.
Adrians recorded seven saves in the loss.