Eight soccer players named all-Big 8

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Rob Reischel
Middleton senior forward Bradan Allen was named first-team all-Big Eight./File photo

It was a memorable year for Middleton’s boys soccer team.

And when it came time for postseason awards, the Cardinals received their just due.

Senior forward Bradan Allen, junior midfielder Derek Waleffe and senior defender Ryan Peyton were all named first-team all-conference.

Junior midfielder Drake Vandermause, senior defender Max Raisleger were named second-team all-league, while senior defender Taylor Schlueter, senior keeper Brendon Martin and sophomore midfielder/forward Greg Pauly were all named honorable-mention all-conference.

Allen led the Cardinals in goals (31) and points (72) and tied for second in assists (10). Allen also finished second in school history in career goals and second in career points.

“Bradan was a historic player for Middleton,” Middleton coach Ben Kollasch said. “The stat of game-winning goals has not been compiled over the years, but Bradan would be at or near the top of career game winning goals as well with 22. This is a full season worth of games won. Bradan did all this in an era of fierce competition that earlier players did not face.”

Waleffe led the Cardinals in assists (14), was second in goals (22) and second in total points (58).

“Derek is looking to repeat his honor as all-state,” Kollasch said of Waleffe. “After nearly doubling his goals, assists and points totals from last year's installment that would seem likely. He was the highest vote getter in midfield for the conference this year.”

Peyton led a defense that allowed just 0.77 goals per game. Peyton was also a captain and terrific leader.

“Ryan was the energetic leader of the defense,” Kollasch said. “He is explosive and can turn a game around as a defender, which he did more than once this season.

“He’s one of the strongest central defenders, certainly pound for pound, that Middleton has seen going back all the way to Aaron Luetttinger (1995) or Joe Anderegg (1993).”

Vandermause moved to the midfield this year and excelled. Vandermause finished third on the team in goals (14), second in assists (13) and third in points (41).

“He plays a great tandem with Derek Waleffe in the central midfield and that support to Derek makes them both play better,” Kollasch said. “Drake doubled his goals from last season, including a great goal in the state semifinal.

“His assists (also) tripled from last season. With both Drake and his midfield partner, Derek (Waleffe) returning as seniors, I look for him to shine even brighter.”

Raisleger was another standout in Middleton’s terrific defense. He also added two goals and five total points.

“He was more the silent partner carrying a big stick and he led by example rather than yelling,” Kollasch said of Raisleger. “He is the epitome of what a solid defender should be — confident, calm, effective without being flashy. His size allowed him to muscle opponents off the ball and will headers in both ends of the field.”

Schlueter was another sensational defender that helped the Cardinals post 13 shutouts this season.

“Taylor supported our central defenders as an extremely dependable marking back,” Kollasch said. “Taylor also found more ways to get forward into the offense this year and keep opposing teams off balance on the wings.”

Martin was a three-year starter who went 15-2 with an 0.96 goals against average.

“Brendon is an excellent shot-stopper and this year added some range to control his box and the surrounding area to help his defense,” Kollasch said. “Brendon played the majority of the time for 12 shutouts this year. He only allowed multiple goals in a game five times this year despite one of the strongest schedules in the state.”

Pauly was Middleton’s only sophomore honored. He finished the year with 10 assists, 12 points and almost never came off the field.
“He was a strong, calm defender in the middle of the field and he is an excellent presence tactically on offense to give us a spark with his quick, simple play,” Kollasch said of Pauly. “He only had one goal on the year, but it was a game-winner in the sectional semifinal. He was among our leaders in assists due to his excellent services from distance. Look for lots of good things to come from him.”

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