Soccer Cardinals named all-Big Eight

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Rob Reischel
Greg Pauly was among Middleton's boys' soccer players that were named all-Big Eight Conference./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Ben Kollasch was hoping for more.

Middleton’s boys’ soccer coach guided a team that finished second in the Big Eight Conference this season, its best finish in six years.

But when it came to all-conference voting, the Cardinals didn’t have a single player earn first-team honors.

“I attribute this to the whole team and the whole bench contributing and doing their job consistently,” Kollasch said. “We did not need superstars to achieve what we did.”

The Cardinals did have eight players recognized.

Senior forward Andrew Lund, senior midfielder Bryce Schuster and junior defender Peter Tuttle all received second-team all-conference honors. Junior keeper Ben Scher, sophomore forward Ezra Joseph, senior midfielder Greg Pauly, along with junior defensemen Cian Carlson and Blake Kalscheur all received honorable-mention all-conference honors.

“No one person racked up impressive stats because everyone was in on the action and our scoring could literally come from anywhere on the field,” Kollasch said. “Unfortunately that makes it difficult for their individual numbers to compare to other individuals around the conference who carry their teams on their back. This really is a vindication of how well every player contributed.”

Lund led the Cardinals with 11 goals and was second on the team with 23 points. Lund was also first on the team with four game-winning goals.

“Andrew was not our most gifted technical player, but he scored on his hustle and pure determination,” Kollasch said. “Andrew was the voice of our team as a cheerleader and he was our motivator. His energy was contagious and he came through at the most critical times.”

Schuster was fourth on the team with 17 points. He finished fourth in assists (five) and fourth in goals.

“A consistent engine for our attack,” Kollasch said of Schuster. “Bryce had the skills to be unpredictable and surprise the opponents near their goal.”

Tuttle had nine points on two goals and five assists — impressive numbers for a defender.

“A true attacking defender,” Kollasch said of Tuttle. “Peter made other teams adjust to us since he would get forward as an extra attacker.”

Scher had an .825 save percentage and a 1.73 goals against average.

“A very respectable goals against average in a difficult league,” Kollasch said. “Ben was a captain and became a vocal organizer of the team on and off the field.”

Joseph led the Cardinals in points (24) and assists (eight). He also finished tied for second in goals (eight).

“He came on strong late in the year to lead the team in points earned, assists and came in second for goals scored,” Kollasch said. “Fast skilled and determined, Ezra looks to continue leading the team in future years.”

Pauly was injured for part of the season, but still finished in a tie for second in assists (seven).

“Greg had limited time against many of our conference rivals due to injury, but still ended up tied for second for assists on the team,” Kollasch said. “His delivery of the ball is impressive.”

Carlson and Kalscheur were standout defenders, and the best news for MHS, is both will be beck in 2019.
“Cian and Blake were a defensive duo in the middle of our back line,” Kollasch said. “They were each other's perfect compliment.

Blake is the quiet, introspective, almost academic studier of the game. Cian is the vocal, physical, motivating, ball thumping, expert tackling centerback. Both inspire confidence in the team around them. Both found their comfort zone with each other and the team in the second half of the season to produce a lengthy unbeaten streak.”

 

 

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