The Tomah High School boys soccer team wrapped up the home portion of its 2019 schedule with a 3-1 loss to Onalaska in a Mississippi Valley Conference contest Tuesday at Veteran’s Field.
Tomah fell to 3-6-2 in the MVC and 5-9-3 overall.
Onalaska improved to 9-0-1 in the MVC and 15-1-2 overall.
The Hilltoppers took a 2-0 lead with goals at 8:30 and 27:54 before Isaiah Nick scored a goal for the Timberwolves, assisted by Roland Hockstedler, at 28:35. Onalaska clung to its one-goal advantage until scoring the clincher with less than two minutes remaining.
“Tactically we came out with a good game plan in the second half, but late in the game we took more risks offensively to try and earn a tie,” Tomah coach Scott Conzemius said. “Those risks left us exposed, and Onalaska found a way to take advantage. We took our chance tonight to earn a result against the leaders in conference, and we came up just short.”
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Five days earlier, Tomah lost a 3-0 decision at Holmen.
“We only mustered a few chances on net − enough to keep Holmen honest − but never enough to seriously threaten scoring,” Conzemius said.
Tomah goalkeeper Zach Jorgensen made nine saves.
Tomah’s Oct. 1 home match against Sparta has yet to be rescheduled.
The Timberwolves close out the regular season with MVC road matches Oct. 15 at La Crosse Central and Oct. 17 at La Crosse Logan.
The post-season begins Tuesday, Oct. 22 with a WIAA Division 2 Regional semifinal contest.
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