Boys soccer: Andrean beats Wheeler to reach regional final
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent October 17, 2013 11:10PM
Andrean players react after their 1-0 win in their match with Wheeler in the IHSAA 1-A Boys Soccer Regional in Lakeville, Ind. Thursday October 17, 2013. |Joe Raymond ~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 19, 2013 6:41AM
LAKEVILLE — Andrean isn’t quite ready for coach Pete Reist to retire.
The 59ers defeated Wheeler 2-0 Thursday to move into the championship game of the LaVille Regional.
Andrean (13-7) will face Mishawaka Marian, a 4-1 winner over Boone Grove, Saturday.
In what was a physical match, Reist’s 59ers were determined to find the net despite an exceptional effort from Bearcats goalie Patrick Berg.
“It was a lot more physical then when we played them the first time.” Reist said. “You’ve got to give a lot of credit to Wheeler. Whoever scored first (was going to have the advantage).”
And that was Andrean.
Mike Metlov picked up his fifth assist of the season, feeding Eric Goetzloff on a corner kick early in the match for the first goal.
The 59ers looked to have a second goal in the first half, with Mike Gore set up for a penalty kick, but Berg made a tremendous stop.
“Patrick Berg always steps up in big games,” Wheeler coach Dave Bock said. “It was a great performance to end his career, “We had some chances to score, but we didn’t take advantage of them.”
In the other semifinal, Boone Grove played well early, but just couldn’t stop the quicker Knights in the long run.
“The game is so fast when you get to the regional,” Boone Grove coach Brian Sherwin said. “They had guys running all over the place.
“I thought we did a pretty good job creating opportunities, but we weren’t able to score. We had a great season (the Wolves finished 16-3). We worked hard, we only lose two seniors, and we have a lot coming back. We should improve ourselves and we could be back here.”
One of those coming back is goalie Nathan Miller, who made some impressive stops and was aggressive in the box.