The Hayward United Wolfpack men’s soccer team clinched a spot in the Aug. 11 Wisconsin Premier Amateur Soccer League playoffs with a 11-0 win over Inter-
Wisconsin FC (Spooner) Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Hayward youth soccer fields on Highway 63.
Entering their final league game on Aug. 4, the Wolfpack needed a win to get into the playoffs.
The Pack started the game strong, scoring 10 goals in the first half against a short-handed Inter-Wisconsin squad. The Wolfpack broke through early, with Kaden Bergman scoring a header off of an Ethan Wolfe corner kick. Isaiah Heyworth then scored a header off of a Mark McConnell assist.
Bergman then scored again off of a McConnell assist, and Cole Gewerth scored a beautiful back of heel goal on an Ethan Wolfe assist. Bergman finished his hat trick from a Confidence Idim assist.
After a 5-0 start, the Wolfpack switched their defenders and their forwards, and defender Dylan Winchester scored three goals in 15 minutes, with assists going to Durim Camili and Jonathan Eng (two). Jeremy Hill scored a breakaway goal, and then Camili put away another breakaway goal on a long pass from Cole Gewerth.
The half ended 10-0, and the Wolfpack would go on to score one more goal from a Mark McConnell penalty kick before Inter-Wisconsin forfeited the game due to a lack of players from injuries.
Keeper Cole Bergman finished with two saves.
The Wolfpack will travel to Rice Lake this Sunday to take on Eau Claire Heat FC in a semi-final match at 1 p.m. The third place game is at 3:30 and championship is at 6 p.m. All games will be at Moon Lake Soccer Park.
St. Croix Valley tie
On Wednesday, July 31, Hayward traveled to Saint Croix Valley to play a make-up league game.
The game was very even throughout, and St. Croix did not break through until the 42nd minute when a forward was left unmarked in front of the net.
After halftime, the Wolfpack tied the game at 1-1 when Kaden Bergman scored in the 62nd minute off a rebounded shot, with the assist going to Ethan Wolfe.
The Pack struck again in the 69th minute, with Bergman getting a head on a beautiful free kick by Durim Camili.
Hayward was close to confirming the win, only to be heartbroken by an 85th minute free kick goal by St. Croix.
The game ended in a 2-2 draw, with Cole Bergman recording five saves on the night.