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BREAKING: State dreams dashed for Badger kickers

October 21, 2010 | 09:44 PM
Kenosha -- For the first 40 minutes Thursday night, the Badger boys soccer squad was deadlocked in a 0-0 tie with top-seeded Kenosha Bradford at Ameche Field.

But the Red Devils' speed and artificial turf experience eventually took over.

Bradford scored two goals in eight minutes early in the second half to take a 2-0 victory over the Badgers in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal.

Badger senior Martin Valadez said the playing surface provided quite a challenge to his team.

"It was hard to pass the ball with the turf," he said. "It was too fast. You had to get a touch right away or you couldn't get the ball."

The Red Devils played on turf all season, and it showed. Badger, who plays home games on a slower grass surface, just couldn't keep up with the speedy Red Devils forwards, who passed the ball efficiently in Badger territory. This slick passing set up plenty of scoring opportunities.

But Bradford didn't strike until the 45th minute, when Cesar Gutierrez beat Brendan Gruenwald-Schmitz in the top right corner of the net.

While Badger tried to press the issue on offense, Bradford's ability to possess the ball was too strong. They moved right back down the field in the 53rd minute for another score, putting Badger in a 2-0 hole.

The local boys only threatened to score a couple times in the final 26 minutes, and the season came to an end for 13 seniors.

Badger finished the season 19-5-3. The seniors enjoyed loads of success including four sectionals and three sectional final games. Coach Ross Fowler said this senior class was special.

"I feel bad for the seniors since it was their last game," he said. "But I'm really proud of them. They left a big legacy here. The kids coming up have big shoes to fill."

Check Wednesday's Regional News for a full story.

Other Thursday area scores


Regional opener: Westosha Central def. Badger, 25-6, 25-14, 25-16


Big Foot 35, Palmyra-Eagle 0

Randolph 64, Williams Bay 6

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