Mosinee eliminated the Waupaca boys’ soccer team from the first round of the state tournament Oct. 12 by handing the Comets a 3-0 defeat in a Division 2 regional semifinal.
Waupaca also wrapped up the regular season Oct. 7 with a 5-1 win over Berlin.
MOSINEE – The host Indians scored all three of their goals in the second half and outshot Waupaca 6-5.
“This was not our best outing for the season,” coach Mark Polebitski said. “Mosinee beat us to the 50/50 balls and played tight marking on our guys up front. We never got anything going offensively. Although we were the better skilled team, Mosinee wanted it and played better than us.
“It is always tough when the season ends,” he added. “I give this team a lot of credit for their hard work and dedication throughout the season.”
The Comets outshot Berlin 11-2 and scored four unanswered goals in the second half.
Hunter Bailey put Waupaca on the board 31 minutes into the game off of an assist from Adam Kaminske.
Greg Stellmacher tied the game, but Kaminske gave Waupaca the lead for good with an unassisted goal seven minutes into the second half. Tyler Kelly, Bailey and Stewart Miller added goals, with Kaminske, Ryan Fuss and Kelly getting credit for the assists.
“Adam make a great shot on his free kick for the game winner,” Polebitski said. “He put the ball in the upper corner and made it virtually impossible for the keeper to make the save. It was a beautiful shot. Tyler’s goal to make it 3-1 was a great setup and finish. Adam sent the ball in and Tyler was there to put the hammer on for the score.”
Comet goalkeeper David Folan had two saves.
“David did an outstanding job keeping Berlin out of the net,” Polebitski said. “He worked hard in the offseason and it really showed.”
The game was the first for Polebitski since undergoing a cancer operation in early September.
“I was finally able to get back out to the soccer pitch and see the boys play,” he said. “I watched from the press box and I liked the way we controlled the tempo of the game and possessed the ball. Coach (Kevin) Phair and (Jed) DeYoung did an excellent job while I was on leave.
“It was Senior Night, so we had some fun reading the bios for the senior players,” he said. “I tell them this is not the end of their soccer career, just the end of their high school career. It is always awesome to see these players come back and play adult league and in the alumni game.”