Soccer Cards still in title hunt

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Rob Reischel

Middleton’s boys soccer team won two of three games last week.

The loss, though, was a painful one.

The Cardinals dropped a 3-2 decision to Madison West last Tuesday in a showdown for first place in the Big Eight Conference.

Middleton rebounded with an impressive 3-1 win at Beloit Memorial last Thursday and a 5-3 win over Sauk Prairie last Saturday.

The Cardinals now sit in second place in the Big Eight Conference heading to the final week of the regular season.

In Middleton’s loss to West, Derek Waleffe and Bradan Allen scored goals. But the high-powered Regents had too many playmakers and prevailed.

Middleton responded with an inspiring win over Beloit Memorial.

The Purple Knights took a 1-0 lead in the first half. But the Cardinals got a pair of second half goals from Allen and one more from Waleffe.

“This was a good reminder of our ability to come back in important games,” Middleton coach Ben Kollasch said. “We started off badly, giving up a goal in the fifth minute.

“We did not equalize until the 58th minute, leaving plenty of room for doubt to creep in, but these guys do not doubt that they will win. We proceeded to score three goals in the space of 10 minutes to put the game away.”

Allen then dominated the Sauk Prairie game, scoring four goals and adding an assist. Waleffe also scored for the Cardinals.

“We also showed that lapses in focus can lead to goals against us quickly,” Kollasch said. “We will need to keep our focus strong through the postseason.”

• On deck: Middleton traveled to Janesville Craig Tuesday, then hosts Brookfield East Friday at 6:30 p.m.

“The Brookfield East game will be a great game,” Kollasch said. “Brookfield East is one of the top teams in Division 2 and both teams will be gearing up for the postseason. There’s no Middleton football home game Friday, so we would love people to come on out to the game.”

Kollasch will also head to the postseason seeding meeting Sunday and is hoping his team can land a top-two seed.

“Since the Big Eight is really the power conference in this area, I would expect that our Big Eight rank will reflect our seed for the postseason in this area,” Kollasch said. “If we take care of business against Janesville Craig, we should wrap up a second seed in the area, and we have a good case for a No. 1 seed if West stumbles. Either one would be great because it would give us homefield advantage through the sectional finals.”

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