Ciszewski leads Germantown soccer team to 2-1 win over Falls
Both teams enter WIAA regional play this week
In both coaches' eyes, Germantown senior midfielder Paul Ciszewski was a man among boys last Saturday night, when the Warhawks edged border rival Menomonee Falls, 2-1, in the regular season closing soccer battle for both schools.
Ciszewski scored the second goal and had the assist on the first on a well-placed corner kick that Preston Yahr was able to finish.
"He's one of the most composed players I have seen this season," Falls coach Scott Stein said of Ciszewski. "He just plays within himself and has that ability to see beyond the obvious pass. He can see the third option and he uses his teammates so well.
"...That second goal, we just had a turnover in our end and it went right to him, right to their best player and he converted."
Warhawks coach Omar Sethi thought it was a good preparation for the ongoing WIAA Tournament series.
"It was a real battle," he said. "A great way to end the regular season, beating a very strong side. I work with a lot of those kids (from Falls) in the summer and they are just quality players."
But not as good as Ciszewski, as the Warhawks were able to end their regular season with a seven-game winning streak and a 9-5-1 overall mark.
The Warhawks earned the second seed in their half of the WIAA Division 1 sectional bracket that they host. They took on Sethi's alma mater and old coach Rich Dorn of Homestead on Tuesday in a regional semifinal and would host the winner of Oshkosh West and Manitowoc in the regional final Thursday (TBA).
The sectional semifinal is slated for Oct. 24 and the sectional final, with a berth in the state tournament at stake is at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 in Germantown.
Confident in WIAA chances
"We feel very good about our chances," Sethi said, "but we have to stay focused, because unlike other games, even if you're a good team, soccer is very easy to lose."
The loss closed Falls at 16-7 overall. The Indians are the second seed on the other half of the Germantown bracket and hosted Milwaukee School of Languages in its regional semifinal. If they win, there's a good chance that they will host border rival Sussex Hamilton on Thursday, to which they lost a recent difficult 1-0 decision.
Stein would like to see more consistency out of his group heading into tournament play.
"If this group can find a way to stay cohesive we could get on a good run," Stein said.
But it was Germantown that got on the run early as Ciszewski and Yahr connected on the corner kick in the eighth minute. When Ciszewski added that second score in the 33rd minute, Germantown had an insurmountable lead.
Falls kept pressing as Warhawks goalie Nich Sucher was forced to make 12 saves. The Indians finally hit a rebound shot of their own from Alex Russo on an assist from Nick Gonzales, but Falls was not able to find the tying goal.
Players injured in game
"It was a decent effort on our part," Stein said. "Looking back, they had one huge save. We were a little deflated by those two early goals. It was an interesting and physical game. We might have lost two players to a concussion and a knee injury.
"It was physical on both sides. In the end, they just made the better of the chances they had."
Stein praised the effort of Tommy Wolf and Collin Dowling and noted that Gonzales was a "workhorse as usual."
"They made adjustments in the second half that made us work," Sethi said. "We had our chances, too, but we hunkered down a little bit....I was very pleased by our work rate and our aggressiveness."
He also praised the effort of Ryan Mongan.
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