Peshtigo Routs Stockbridge to Hold Second Place SpotIssue Date: October 10, 2019
The Peshtigo Bulldogs played their final game of the season at Bulldog Stadium on Monday, and they went out with a positive scoreline, defeating Stockbridge 5-0.
On the scoresheet, it was a positive one for Peshtigo, but it didn't start out that way. Peshtigo didn't score until there were 19 minutes left in the first half, when Cade Tackmier scored on an assist from Johnny Conn. Six minutes later, Adam Bauman scored off a deflection and Conn got a goal of his own with three minutes left in the half.
For Peshtigo coach Joe Denny, it was a frustrating start, with his team not immediately committing to passing the ball around up the field.
"It seems like we always have to test every team with the long ball and it seems like even the conversation afterward is "what is our game?'" Denny said. "I can't even say what is our game because we start with the long ball, comes in out of half, gets a chewing from the coach and then we get back into the rhythm of things and then we start."
In the second half, Bauman started with a bang, bagging his second goal, unassisted, just a minute after the break.
"If we could play that way when we come out, I think we would be a pretty good force in our division. I really think we could. I'm not saying we currently aren't, but we could be a way better team than we show," Denny said.
Koby Cuyler scored with 16 minutes to play to seal the deal.
Cuyler is one of a large bunch of sophomores on the team. Denny used the second half to get a lot of his subs into the game and get a good glimpse of what his 2020 team will look like.
"I need to see it. Right now, the majority of the team is sophomores. They all come back next year," he said.
Peshtigo loses four seniors.
Peshtigo Falls to League Leading Sturgeon Bay
The Peshtigo Bulldogs fell 5-1 to Sturgeon Bay on the soccer field Thursday.
Jon Conn assisted Peshtigo's only goal, scored by Cade Tackmier in the second half.
First half, we just came out, we were sluggish, we gave up three goals," Peshtigo coach Joe Denny said.
Peshtigo trailed 3-0 at the half, but things improved mightily in the second half.
"A lot of talking, discussing at halftime, the boys came out and I'll tell you what, it looked like a completely different team," Denny said. "We lost the half 2-1, I'll take that any day against a team like Sturgeon Bay."
With the game at 3-1 after Tackmier's goal, Denny said it felt like his Bulldogs were pushing to make a game out of it, but it wasn't to be against Sturgeon Bay, one of the best teams in the conference and northeast part of the state on an annual basis.
"We just looked spectacular. We had some brilliant plays in there. I thought that for sure, we could make this a lot closer, but we just wore out," Denny said. "When you play 60 minutes of defense or 90, they're exhausted."
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