The Tomah High School boys soccer team will head into WIAA post-season play on a winning note.

The Timberwolves concluded their regular season by surprising La Crosse Central 1-0 in a Mississippi Valley Conference match Oct. 12 at Fields for Kids in La Crosse. Tomah finished the season with a 3-11-0 MVC record and 3-15-0 overall mark and heads into tournament action with a two-match winning streak.

Both victories were shutouts, and Tomah coach Scott Conzemius was impressed by his team’s recent defense and goaltending.

“Our defense did as good of a job as I’ve seen them all season,” Conzemius said.

Goalkeeper Nolan Stees made 10 saves “to keep us in the match,” Conzemius said. “The goal was well-worked.”

For all the defensive prowess, the Timberwolves would have had to settle for a tie had they not scored a goal with seven minutes left. Noah Nick found Dawson Klump with a pass in the goalkeeper’s box, and Klump then split two defenders before tucking the ball into the side netting.

The defense took care of the rest in the final seven minutes.

“We withstood a late Central charge to equalize,” Conzemius said.

He said the match was closely contested throughout.

“The game was a tight match,” Conzemius said. “Both teams had periods of control.”

The result was something of an upset. Central defeated the Timberwolves 1-0 when the two teams played in Tomah Sept. 14, and Central was coming off a huge victory over Onalaska just two days earlier.

Tomah received the number-eight seed in the upper half of the Division 2 Merrill Sectional and travels to top-seeded New Richmond Oct. 19 for an opening-round match. The winner advances to the regional final Oct. 21 against the winner of the Central-Onalaska match.

The sectional semifinals are Oct. 26, and the sectional final is Oct. 28.

MVC BOYS SOCCER

Finals 2017 standings

Holmen 11-0-3

West Salem 9-2-3

Sparta 8-4-2

Onalaska 7-4-3

Logan 7-6-1

Central 4-10-0

Tomah 3-11-0

Aquinas 1-13-0

Results of Oct. 12

Tomah 1 Central 0

Holmen 1 Sparta 0

Logan 4 Aquinas 0

Onalaska 3 West Salem 0

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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