It was an incredible night for soccer. The Truckers took on the Ripon Tigers. The rain stopped and the sun came out for a huge win for the Truckers on Tuesday, Sept 27 with a score of 7-0. It was the first conference shutout for the Truckers.
The boys played an outstanding game all around, offense and defense. Dominic Masiarchin had the best game of his senior season thus far. Masiarchin scored his first goal in the fifteenth minute of play. Masiarchin would score another at thirty-five minutes into the game, assisted by Austin Paisar. Masiarchin would go on to complete his hat trick with a goal at the forty-sixth minute of play. The defense, led by senior sweeper, Keaton Anderson played fantastic, not allowing the Ripon Tigers to get to their goal. Goalkeeper Connor Ford made some key grabs and kept the momentum moving.
Three goals wouldn’t satisfy Masiarchin. He came back just three minutes after completing his hat trick and scored his fourth goal of the game.
Juan Hernandez would join in the fun at the sixty-first minute and again ten minutes later, scoring two more goals for the Truckers. Seemingly unstoppable, Coach Roger Lupien would change up the soccer field at five minutes left of play. Lupien switched offensive and defensive player positions. Freshman Blake Hauser, center defensive midfield moved up to offense and scored his first ever Varsity Trucker goal. The Truckers would win the game 7-0.
“We’ve been waiting for this group to get things moving in the same direction. We changed our defensive alignment before the game, and the players made some great adjustments. Our ball movement in the offensive end was outstanding, with everyone touching the ball before the shot. Dominic again proved why he is one of the most dominant players in the conference. Hopefully, we can use this game as a springboard for good efforts during the last week of the regular season,” commented Coach Roger Lupien.
The Truckers beat the Wautoma Hornets with a score of 6-0. It was the perfect night for Senior Night. The 70-degree weather was just what this varsity team needed for another win.
The game started off with an Austin Paisar goal. Paisar has been a strong forward this season. Sweeper defender Keaton Anderson scored his first “header” goal on a corner kick booted by Brady Persha at twelve minutes into the game.
The game would keep the fans on their feet. Two minutes later, senior Juan Hernandez placed a beautiful shot on goal. Thirty-three minutes into the game, the third senior of the night would score. Dominic Masiarchin scored on an 18-foot shot. Three seniors, Logan Artz, Masiarchin, and Hernandez would work a beautiful passing play in for the last goal before the half. Hernandez scored, assisted by Artz.
Wautoma could not break through the defense of the Truckers and took only two shots on goal in the second half. One of those shots was on a penalty kick. Goalkeeper, Connor Ford made a terrific stop to keep the score for the Hornets at zero.
Hernandez was given a chance to play Goalkeeper with seven minutes left of play and made one save. Freshman Paul Kenfield made his first soccer goal assisted by Ryder Brandenburg with one minute left of the game. Kenfield’s first ever goal was rewarded with a water dumping by his teammates at the game’s end.
Coach Roger Lupien congratulated the seniors and thanked them for their four years playing high school soccer. It costs each soccer player $345 per year to play this club sport, as it is not funded by the district. Each player has paid $1,380 over the course of their high school career, thus showing how much they love this sport. The five seniors that will be missed are: Keaton Anderson, Logan Artz, Zach Boyer, Juan Hernandez and Dominic Masiarchin. Congratulations boys and good luck in the future!
The Truckers will take on Fox Valley Lutheran and Freedom to finish out the regular season.