Comets fall in OT
Snider scores Waupaca’s goal
By Greg Seubert
It looked at the first like the Waupaca boys’ soccer team would pull off an upset in the first round of the WIAA state tournament.
Jack Snider’s goal gave the seventh-seeded Comets a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the second half, but No. 2 Amherst/Iola-Scandinavia/Rosholt answered with two goals – including on in overtime – for a 2-1 win Oct. 19 at the Portage County Youth Soccer complex in Stevens Point.
AIR’s Josue Gutierrez tied the game in the 74th minute, Waupaca had a goal waved off and the teams headed into the first overtime period tied at 1-1.
Luke Wright found the net 1:26 into the first 10-minute overtime period for the game winner and AIR kept Waupaca scoreless for the rest of the period as well as a second 10-minute overtime.
“I always ask for 90 minutes of intensity and the guys gave me 110 tonight,” Coach Cory Nagel said. “There has to be a winner and a loser in the playoffs and unfortunately tonight, we were the latter.”
AIR will now face No. 3 New London at 7 p.m. at the Portage County Youth Soccer complex for a regional championship. New London advanced with a 5-4 overtime win over sixth-seeded Lakeland Oct. 19.
Waupaca finished 6-11-2.
“I would like to thank seniors Brett Hanke, Zach Thuerman and Will Brandl-Koerwitz for their contributions to the program,” Nagel said. “They were a part of some great teams and they set the example for our young team this year. The torch has been passed to a new group of players and we will continue to work hard in the off-season.”