Thunder lay the boom on Shawano, 10-0

Hawks remain winless on season

Greg Bates, Leader Correspondent

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School junior Will Bergner makes a save during Tuesday’s 10-0 loss to Seymour.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Shawano Community High School senior Marcus Welander gets ready to pass during the first half of Tuesday’s 10-0 loss to Seymour.

Five games into the season, the Shawano boys soccer team is still searching for its first win.

Coach Bob Croschere is hoping Tuesday night’s home game against Seymour will be an eye-opener. Seymour scored seven first-half goals and ended the contest early after 60 minutes, 47 seconds via the mercy rule as Shawano fell 10-0 in Bay Conference action.

“Every once in a while, some teams just need something like this to wake them up,” Croschere said. “Hopefully, it’s a wake-up call for lots of the guys that are out here right now that they have to start doing a few things differently.”

Shawano (0-4-1, 0-1 Bay Conference) is still trying to mesh as a team after losing double-digit seniors a year ago as well as trying to overcome early-season injuries.

“What I’m looking at for perspective is I’m getting a lot of experience for the younger guys,” Croschere said. “I will have somebody that can fill in minutes here and there, and down the line, we’ll be better off for it.”

Seymour (3-2) outshot Shawano 23-1 with the Hawks’ lone scoring chance coming 54 seconds before halftime.

“We have to play better defensively to get the ball,” Croschere said. “We let them possess it too much and that left us not a lot of opportunities.”

The Thunder had a monster game from forward Rhett Driessen, who tallied six goals and one assist. Fellow sophomore Garrett Wendorff added a hat trick.

Seymour led 4-0 only 13 minutes, 21 seconds into the game. It tacked on three more goals before halftime.

“I was really happy for us to get a lot of scoring opportunities,” Seymour coach Todd Messner said. “Shawano, they’re down this year. They lost 11 or 12 seniors last year. They’re going to struggle. I knew they were going to be down, but they had a lot of mistakes and we were ready to capitalize on it. They did have some opportunities where they countered on us and we took care of all those.”

During the halftime break, Croschere spoke with his players about staying positive.

“Basically, we’ve got to keep our heads up and keep moving,” Croschere said.

Despite giving up three goals in the first 15:47 of the second half, Croschere thought his players worked a little harder.

“They played a little bit better in the second half,” Croschere said. “We did have a little bit better movement, and defensively we rotated a little bit better. Seymour’s a good team. There’s no taking anything away from them.”

Shawano keeper Will Bergner finished with 13 saves, while Seymour keeper Evan Schluenz had the one stop.

“My keeper has played well all year,” Croschere said. “You can’t put a game like this on him because when he’s facing 30 shots, he’s going to let some in.”

Croschere is hoping his guys stay positive after the tough loss and move on quickly. The team needs to keep working to get its first victory.

“Overall, we’ve got a lot of areas to work on at this point, so we’ve got to bring a lot of things together to get that first win,” Croschere said.