Prairie du Chien Soccer

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Prairie’s Andrew Waller (24) takes the ball away from the Dodgeville player Tuesday. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Weston Hill of Prairie du Chien looks to pass Tuesday against Dodgeville-Mineral Point.

The Blackhawks’ Nolan Stram (12) moves in to defend on a soggy Bluff View pitch Tuesday.

Prairie’s Evan Teynor (4) battles for control of the ball.

Soccer team suffers
first loss of season
The Prairie du Chien boys soccer team hosted Dodgeville/Mineral Point United Tuesday night in a Southwest Wisconsin Conference confrontation.
The strong, well-matched teams played hard and fast on the soggy and soupy Bluff View field with both teams having multiple scoring opportunities through the first half, all denied by an effective defensive opposition. The first 45 minutes ended scoreless.
Tuesday was Parents Night, so at half the Blackhawks welcomed, thanked, introduced and recognized their extremely supportive parents.
The battle continued in the second half with injuries and fatigue starting to take its toll on the teams. It wasn’t until the 33rd minute that Dodgeville found a chink in the Prairie defensive armor and slipped a goal in just off left post.
The remaining seven minutes saw a valiant surge by the Hawks with five shots on goal and two corner kicks, but to no avail. The match ended 1-0, giving Prairie a disappointing first loss of the season.
Prairie’s offense of Jon Dyer, Jack Stoeffler, Preston Hendrix, Weston Hill and Clayton DuCharme, along with the midfield of Nathaniel Oehler, Chas Sagedahl and Mark Welter and the defense of Blake Garcia, Nolan Stram, Evan Teynor, Nathan Specht, Andrew Waller and goalie Wes Schwager, who had 13 saves, played an outstanding game with total dedication and effort.
The Hawks remain tied with Platteville/Lancaster at the top of the SWC and travel to Richland Center Thursday night for a conference match with the Hornets. On Saturday, they are back home at 10 a.m. hosting West Salem, and then it’s back to Platteville on Tuesday with the conference lead on the line.

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