The Price Soccer Club U15 team hosted the Milwaukee Kickers on May 10. Price Soccer jumped to an early lead and never let up, winning 6-0.
The first goal was scored after Lucas Szwec played a penetrating pass to Shawn Brown. Brown launched a low shot, which the Milwaukee goalie stopped, but couldn’t corral. Harrison Fuhr was the first to reach the loose ball and punched it home.
Brown’s next foray forward saw him finding the back of the net after receiving a clever assist from Cole Vyskocil. Fuhr made the score 3-0 with a well-struck drive from 25 yards out, and Brown ended the half by receiving a pass from Szwec and calmly side-stepping the Milwaukee goalkeeper before slotting the ball home.
In the second half, Szwec tallied a goal with a shot off the post and the final goal was posted by Seth Gehrke, who beat the Milwaukee goalie with a shot to the near post. In posting their first shutout, Price Soccer goalie Willie Reukauf and the defensive foursome of Brad Halmstad, Carter Ray, Brandon Shipley and Collin Krause played exceptionally well.
The U19 games scheduled to be played in Wausau on May 11 were canceled due to too much water on the Wausau fields.
On May 17, the Price U15s hosted the Washington County Football Club (WCFC). A tough, physical game ended 3-1 in the home team's favor. The only goal of the first half occurred when Brown blazed past multiple defenders and put the ball through the posts.
The second half goals were recorded by Fuhr with a long range shot which kissed the crossbar and dropped in and by Brown who was played in behind the WCFC defense with a perfectly weighted ball from Szwec. Holding a 3-0 lead, the home team held off WCFC, conceding one goal in the last 15 minutes.
By virtue of its 3-1 victory, Price Soccer Club U15s currently sit in second place in the first division of the 10-team State league. Their next game is at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31. Their opponent will be the ACE soccer club from Racine/Kenosha.
The U19s travelled to Ashland on May 18 and played Chequamegon Bay Soccer Club (CBSC) and Rice Lake. The Price team was shorthanded, missing four of their six “older” players. The CBSC team is a senior laden team, the core of which is comprised of the Ashland High School 2013 WIAA State championship team. Added to the Ashland team are standouts from both Washburn and Bayfield high schools. The local boys competed well, but couldn’t overcome the size, speed and experience put on the field by CBSC, and fell by the score of 9-0.
The U19s last game was against Rice Lake. After a scoreless first half, Rice Lake opened the scoring early in the second half. Five minutes later, Brown evened the score at 1-1 by beating Rice Lake’s goalie one-on-one. In the last five minutes the action was end to end as both teams kept pushing forward looking for the winning goal.
Price’s Kenneth Hoffmann had an excellent chance that he hit just high off the Rice Lake goal, and Brown was penalized for a questionable handball, squelching a breakaway for Price Soccer. With two minutes to play, Rice Lake earned a corner kick and despite tight marking, was able to convert a well-placed header from eight yards out. The game ended with Rice Lake on top 2-1.
The U19s finished their season with three wins, two losses and three games not played due to weather. The U15s have played four of their nine scheduled games.