Prince of Peace traveled all the way from Clinton to face a rejuvenated Beckman boys soccer team May 20. The Irish found out just how tough a win is to take from that team of Blazers, losing 8-0 in the Class 1A, Substate 3 quarterfinal game.
The win is the seventh straight for the Blazers, putting them at 11-7. It wrapped the Irish’s season at 1-12.
The game was all Blazers, from the first minute, when they scored their goal, through the final half. They led 7-0 at halftime, and “really should have shut the game down early,” said coach Mirek Laskowski. “We had enough shots to go 10-0 but just couldn’t connect on the final two. Still, we controlled the whole game, probably had the ball 90% of the time. There were four sure shots the guys took that should have found net, but for some reason just missed.
“Our field control was great, we had solid crosses, our players defended really well and we stretched the field. You can’t play much better than that.”
Scoring goals were Seamus O’Connor and Bryce Boekholder (two each), Owen Grover, Jarrett Keegan, Michael Keegan and Adam Wessels.
The Blazers tallied 42 shots in this one, 17 of them on goal. Wessels totaled eight (seven on goal), Boekholder seven (six), O’Connor seven, Grover six (five), Keegan six, Tom Jaeger five, Jarrett Keegan two, Lane Kramer one. They were awarded 13 corner kicks. Jack Westhoff made one save.
The win sent the Blazers to the semifinal game against Davenport Assumption (see story on 3B).