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Boys soccer: Wheeler loses in LaVille Regional semis

Updated: November 13, 2012 6:41AM



LAKEVILLE — Patrick Berg did what he could in goal for Wheeler, Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough against a soccer team like Bethany Christian.

Bethany scored two long goals in the second half of its 3-0 Class A regional semifinal victory on shots that were as close to midfield as they were to the goal, but found their way into the net.

Berg finished with 11 saves as Wheeler tried to keep pace with the sixth-ranked Bruins (16-5). But the strength of BC’s midfield was too much for the Bearcats (8-10-1), who had few solid scoring chances of their own.

“In the first 10 minutes of the second half, they just out-classed us and out-worked us,” said Wheeler coach Dave Bock. “We each had five in the midfield and their three middle guys really just out-classed us.

“They just controlled the game in the middle. We couldn’t get a hold of the ball.”

Nate Nussbaum scored the first goal of the game from 40 yards out on a right-foot blast just over Berg. The second deep BC goal was on a free kick by Andrew Snyder that bounced high and over a scrum in front of the net.

Berg had seven of his saves in the first half, a few of which were huge in keeping BC off the score sheet. In the ninth minute, Josh Stoltzfus weaved through the middle of Wheeler’s defense and threaded a pass into the box to Isaac Brenneman, but his shot was smothered by a diving Berg.

In the second half, Berg kept the Bethany lead at 2-0 with another outstanding stop of a Tyler Brenneman shot just a few feet from the goal, but in the 69th minute, Stolzfus added the third BC goal on a rebound of his own shot.

“(Berg’s) first half was his best half of the year,” Bock said. “He made some really spectacular saves.”



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