Soccer Cards finding their groove

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Rob Reischel
Drake Vandermause and Middleton’s boys soccer team had a terrific week./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Their start was slower than they’d hoped.

Boy, has Middleton’s boys soccer team exploded in the last week, though.

The Cardinals cruised past four opponents last week by a combined score of 25-1. Among the victories was a 6-0 statement win over Big Eight Conference rival Verona and two impressive wins at the Kettle Moraine Quadrangular.

Middleton improved to 5-2 on the young season.

“Very good week,” Middleton coach Ben Kollasch said. “Four wins and only one goal against is a huge improvement from the previous week.”

Standout junior forward Braden Allen had a huge week with three hat tricks and nine total goals.

“Bradan Allen has surged forward and has regained his form from last year after a few injuries,” Kollasch said. “He is looking to surpass his totals from last year around midseason this year.”

Senior defender Zach Writenour had an impressive week. Not only did Writenour score a pair of goals and notch six assists, he helped the Cardinals improve their defense after they allowed nine goals in their first three games.

“Zach has been a staunch defender for us this year,” Kollasch said. “The whole defensive line has played well and is really getting a chance to figure out how to play together and communicate efficiently. They have had a huge turnaround and look to keep many more clean sheets.”

Middleton opened the week with a 14-0 rout of host Janesville Parker.

Allen had three goals, while Writenour and Derek Waleffe had two. Max Westhoff, Colin Ledin, Max Lawrence and Sergio Aviles all added a goal, while Brendon Martin notched a shutout.

Middleton then cruised past Verona in an extremely impressive effort.

Allen again had three goals, while Gabe Williams and Waleffe each had a goal. Martin also posted his second shutout in as many games.

“A statement to fire a shot across the bow of the Big Eight,” Kollasch said.

Middleton then went to the always-challenging Kettle Moraine Quad and had two more impressive wins.

Allen’s three goals sparked a 3-1 win over host Kettle Moraine last Friday. Middleton then got goals from Westhoff and Waleffe in a 2-0 win over Racine St. Catherine’s last Saturday.

• On deck: Middleton’s only game this week is at Madison East Thursday. The game will be played at Breese Stevens Field beginning at 4:30 p.m.


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