The University School boys’ soccer team won the WIAA 2018 Division 4 State tournament finals with a 2–1 victory over the previously-undefeated Amery Warriors on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Uihlein Soccer Complex in Milwaukee.
Co-captain Matias Dermond ’19 scored the two goals, but it was a full team effort that gave USM the victory over Amery. The Wildcats’ defense, including co-captain Ethan Ford ’19, Branden Hicks-Becker ’19, Tommy Hayden ’21, Jordan Puetz ’20, Kai Prawitz ’20, and Carson Mogush ’19, consistently frustrated the Amery forwards, particularly their leading scorer, Galen Coy. USM’s goalkeeper Evan Bolton ’19 only had to make three saves as a result.
“I gave warrior ribbons to every boy after the match,” said Jock Mutschler, USM’s head coach. “Everyone contributed to the team's success. I am confident that the vast majority of the boys had a positive soccer/sports experience, and that is the most important thing.”
Senior co-captain Joey Wells stated the reason the Wildcats won the championship, “What a family the boys became over the course of this season. They pushed through the tough times and made the most of every situation. At the end, win or lose, we became such a tight-knit family. Wouldn’t have wanted to bring home the championship with any other team.”
The Wildcats ended their championship season with a final record of 18-2-1.