It would be a fantastic game for a batter in baseball, but for a soccer team to go five for five in shots on goal in the opening minutes of a contest almost borders on the absurd its so amazing.
That just does not happen.
But it did Monday night, when North Shore Conference boys co-leader Whitefish Bay stunned its host and rival Nicolet with a barrage of well-placed shots short and long, taking a 5-0 lead in the first 22 minutes and cruising to a 7-0 league win.
With the victory, the Blue Dukes improved to 4-0 in league play and 6-2 overall. They are in a de-facto tie with Ceadrburg (3-0, 5-0) which will play a league tilt on Tuesday against Homestead.
"We have been building towards something like this," said first-year Bay coach Jeff Worzella. "We had almost a full week of practice after our last game (a 3-0 league victory over Grafton on Sept. 3) and focused a lot of that time on what we're doing in the offensive third. We've been creating a lot of chances, but it comes down to a matter of composure in that area."
"Tonight we were able to put a lot of quality chances on goal, but to go five for five (in finishing). ...Wow! We do something like that on a consistent basis, we'll be tough to beat, but as we all know, the game of soccer tends to even out those kind of things."
For the Knights, who fell to 2-2 in league and 5-3-1 overall, it was another search for consistency.
"We have been extremely inconsistent," said coach Luis Mejia, "but that was a quality side we played tonight and we're a young team that lost a lot of seniors last year. ...It would be easy to say it was just one of those nights, but we're just going to have to pay our dues this season."
That lesson started early Monday night for the Knights as Bay senior forward Paul Gwidt took a nice pass from sophomore midfielder J.T. Roemer and pounded it into the far left side of the net at the 8:17 mark
And before the Knights had time to react from that, Blue Duke senior forward Ben Kuzinicki launched a bomb from 25 yards that sailed into the upper right-hand side of the net at 9:46.
Bay was just getting warmed up. Exactly two minutes later, junior midfielder Griffin Kerwin slammed another long shot into the back of the goal.
There were calls coming from the Nicolet sideline to "keep your heads up" but the Blue Dukes' speedy, attacking form of play was relentless as junior forward Joey Borris knocked another one home at 13:32 and then junior midfielder Sean Marwood ended the early barrage with help from Gwidt at the 22-minute mark.
Worzella said all that opportunity begins in the Blue Duke midfield as senior Zach Heller, Kerwin and Roemer have been excellent at possessing and moving the ball forward.
"They do a tremendous job of controling things," Worzella said, "and then we have a lot of firepower up top that can finish."
The Blue Dukes got second half goals from both Gwidt and Borris to finish off the job. Other assists went to Heller and junior midfielder Michael D'Amato.
Worzella is pleased but the schedule gets no easier. They will take on strong sides from Sheboygan Falls (Tuesday) and Kettle Moraine (Thursday) before hosting Cedarburg on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in what may very well be the North Shore Conference championship game.
"We're excited about things," Worzella said, "but when we get back (home) we'll get to work trying to get better."
For Mejia, whose team will be at Sussex Hamilton on Thursday and at 2012 NSC champ Germantown on Tuesday, Sept. 17, his side will focus on the little things.
"Like I said we'll have to pay our dues before we find success," he said. "We'll work on our goals and try to secure little victories, things we can take from every match."
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