Boys soccer: Goslings earn 2-2 draw against Mukwonago
Watertown’s boys soccer team played Mukwonago to a 2-2 nonconference draw on Saturday night at Landsverk Field.
The Goslings trailed 1-0 early but scored twice in the second half to take a one-goal lead. Mukwonago surrendered an own goal in the 48th minute and Watertown (1-5-1) took a 2-1 lead when senior forward Saul Pineda scored off an assist by Ethan Bergen.
Mukwonago salvaged the draw with a goal in the 88th minute.
“I thought Mukwonago was a more refined team than we are,” Watertown boys soccer coach Hayden Knight said. “The had some guys who are very technical players. They played off each other really well in the midfield.
“In the first half, we didn’t really have answers for that. We chased the ball a lot in the first half. After that, we asked the boys to believe in the system and settle down and trust the people next to them. They started to possess the ball better and string a few passes together.
“We saw one or two players connecting passes together. Connor Meyer and Jordan Schroeder, they actually started to get it, moving from left to right and swinging it. That allowed Clayton (Haase) and Ethan (Bergen) to find pockets to play the ball in to the feet.”
Knight credited Keagan Hunter’s pressuring of two backs as the reason for the own goal.
“Hunter played out of his mind,” Knight said. “He pressured two backs, and one tried to back pass to the goalie and scored an own goal.”
Knight felt the second goal was the team’s best this season.
“A few minutes later, Haase took a ball to Bergen, who slotted it through to Pineda to finish 1 v 1,” Knight said. “It was a really well constructed goal. It’s the first real goal we’ve scored this season.”
The Goslings went into a defensive formation down the stretch, but couldn’t prevent the equalizer.
“They are a good team,” Knight said. “Just before they scored the tying goal, a kid crossed the ball and hit the post. We were under a lot of pressure the last 10 minutes, but we came away with a draw and it felt like a win.
“Going into this week. Tuesday and Thursday, I hope we will start playing the way we want them to play. If they can continue building and constructing, I think we’ll start seeing some good results.”
Watertown hosts Fort Atkinson Tuesday.
WATERTOWN 2, MUKWONAGO 2
Mukwonago 1 1 — 2
Watertown 0 2 — 2
M — Gehl (Sepic) 2:30
W — Own goal 47:49
W — Pineda (Bergen) 53:00
M — Klappa (Jungwirth) 87:29
Shots — M 20, W 9
Saves — M (Winter) 3, W (Piasecki) 9