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Heights soccer team ousted

 

October 25, 2018

Bethany Wood

Connor Murphy and Wisconsin Heights' soccer team fell in a regional final last Saturday.

The Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld boys' soccer team had its season come to a close last Saturday.

The Vanguards fell to Lake Country Lutheran, 2-0, in a WIAA Division 4 regional final.

Heights/Barneveld reached the regional final with a 2-0 win over Campbellsport last Thursday.

During the Vanguards' win over Campbellsport, Heights/Barneveld took advantage of a set play early in the second half. Camden Brown sent a free kick and Gavin Childs headed it into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Later in the half, Childs passed to Connor Murphy, who beat the Campbellsport keeper and gave the Vanguards a 2-0 lead.

The defense did the rest and sophomore keeper Trevor Dimpfl earned the shutout.

Weather impacted play early on Saturday when a Lake Country Lutheran corner kick hung in the air, then blew into the net, giving the Lightning a 1-0 lead.

Heights/Barneveld controlled the ball and maintained possession, but was unable to finish.

Late in the first half, Lake Country scored again on a defensive breakdown.

Heights/Barneveld put pressure on in the second half with several shots on frame, but was unable to finish.

"The boys played well," Vanguards coach Bartlett Holmes said. "They really picked up the intensity and put on a lot of pressure at the end. This was a team that we could beat."

Heights/Barneveld was able to put together strings of passes and possess the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, but the Lightning defense was able to overcome every onslaught.

"I was very proud of their effort through to the end," Holmes said. "They maintained their composure and kept the pressure up to the very end of the match."

Heights/Barneveld finished the year 9-6-0 and went 7-2-0 in the Southern Capitol Conference.

"Overall, it has been a great season," Holmes said. "This is our second-best conference record ever. We will be losing nine seniors and they will be greatly missed."

 
 

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