Soccer Cards earn No. 3 seed

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Rob Reischel
Bryan Kim and Middleton's boys soccer team begin the postseason Thursday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s boys soccer team is headed to the postseason on a high.

The Cardinals notched a pair of wins and finished the regular season 14-3-1. Middleton also finished second in the Big Eight Conference and received the No. 3 seed in the postseason.

The Cardinals host 14th-seeded Waukesha South Thursday at 7 p.m. in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal. The winner meets either sixth-seeded Madison Memorial or 11th-seeded Janesville Craig in a regional final Saturday.

The sectional semifinals are Oct. 29 and the sectional finals are Oct. 31. Mukwonago is the No. 1 seed in the regional and Big Eight champion Madison West is the No. 2 seed.

“We will likely need to beat Madison Memorial and Madison West before we would get a chance to play for a state tournament berth,” Middleton coach Ben Kollasch said.

The Cardinals notched an impressive 7-1 win over Janesville Craig last Tuesday.

Pep Costajusa-Tellez and Jack Zocher each scored two goals to lead the Cardinals. Braden Allen, Sergio Aviles and Derek Waleffe each added a goal in Middleton’s final conference game of the season.

Madison West finished the conference season with a 7-0-2 record and 23 points, while Middleton went 7-1-1 and had 22 points.

“The last minute goal we gave up to Madison East, allowing them to tie us, came back to haunt us and deny us the conference title,” Kollasch said. “Overall, for a team that started the year with only six seniors on the roster and that has played much of the season without two captains, second is a great finish.

“The best thing about this year's team is that they are hungry for more and they know just how close they came to winning the whole thing. They have sights set high in the postseason.”

Middleton then finished the regular season with a 5-1 win over visiting Brookfield East last Friday.

Bradan Allen scored two goals, pushing his season-total to 29. Waleffe, Colin Ledin and Taylor Schlueter all scored, as well.

“To score five goals on this perennial powerhouse is remarkable and was unexpected,” Kollasch said. “We treated this game as a preview of the postseason and I hope we can keep the momentum we started against Brookfield. We certainly are excited to be playing for these high stakes now.”



Brookfield East 0 1 — 1

Middleton 4 1 — 5

First half: M - Allen, 8:00; Allen (Whritenour), 16:00; Ledin (Whritenour), 23:00; Walleffe, 27:00. Second half: M - Schlueger (Westhoff), 56:00; BE - Seaton (Hanson), 80:00. Saves: BE (Hoff 11, Osinga 2) 13; M (Martin 14, Sampson 3) .


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