La Crosse Central will be remembered as the Tomah High School boyssoccer team’s nemesis in 2013.
Central defeated Tomah 3-2 in a WIAA Division 2 Regional semifinal match Tuesday at Fields for Kids in La Crosse. It was Central’s third one-goal victory over Tomah this season. The first two were decided in overtime. Tomah ended its season with a 7-10-3 record, while Central advanced to tonight’s (Thursday) regional final at New Richmond.
Tomah coach Scott Conzemius said his young squad is already anxious for next season.
“Leaving the field last night the players in general felt as though they had unfinished business,” Conzemius said. “We will be more experienced, and we will have the memories of tough losses fairly fresh in mind. Hopefully we can use those as motivations to improve ourselves over the offseason. “
Tomah tied the match at 2-2 in the 58th minute on a goal by Trey Hewuse, but the deadlock lasted just 60 seconds. Central’s Cade Garzee converted a free kick to restore Central’s lead, and the Red Raiders’ defense held firm over the final 21 minutes.
“We didn't adjust to Central's big push right after (Hewuse’s) goal, and as the final score indicates, that was the difference in the game,” Conzemius said.
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Tomah’s other goal came in the fifth minute, when Tanner Dechant rang up an unassisted score for a 1-0 Tomah lead.
Five of Tomah’s last six matches went down to the wire, and three of them went to overtime.
Conzemius is proud of his team, which brought only three full-time players back from last season.
“The guys showed great determination and heart,” Conzemius said. “Any time you finish below .500 it is disappointing, but I can't fault the guys for their effort. They truly played like champion players, and I am both grateful and proud to have had the honor to coach the team.”