The McFarland boys soccer team has done it again. The Spartans have qualified for the state tournament for the third straight season.

McFarland defeated Belleville-New Glarus 4-0 and then defeated Deforest 2-0 on Saturday night to secure a trip back to the tournament.

“We feel great. We’re excited to be back, we knew it would be tough to get through our regional and sectional games and yeah those games were not easy, but I feel like our guys dug in and we fought hard and we came out on top this weekend,” said coach Brett Ogorzalek. “So we’re very excited to extend the season another week, and we’re looking forward to playing at the state tournament.”

In the sectional semifinal, the Spartans took a 1-0 lead into the half after a goal in the 40th minute by Jake Sampson. The senior blasted a penalty kick home to give McFarland a lead it would not relinquish.

In the second half, sophomore Mason Brown scored in the 51st minute to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead. Goals in the 55th and 64 minutes by junior forward Zach Nichols gave the Spartans a 4-0 win.

In the night cap, McFarland defeated DeForest to qualify for state, something Ogorzalek did not know could be a reality until the state tournament was announced after the season started.

“We actually had a few games scheduled for these last couple of weeks just in case there wasn’t a playoff, so when we found that out it was great news,” said Ogorzalek.

Like sectionals, the state tournament will be a doubleheader. McFarland will face off against Fort Atkinson (7-5-2) in the first game at 11 a.m. at Marian University.

“We know these are tough teams, you don’t get to the state tournament if you’re not a talented and hardworking team with probably really good coaches,” Ogorzalek said. “So we know it will be difficult, we’re just going to do our best and focus on our game.”

The winner of that game will square off with the winner of Shorewood (11-0) and Notre Dame (13-3-2) at 7 p.m.

McFarland 5

Stoughton 0

The McFarland Spartans had plenty to celebrate in a 5-0 regional win over Stoughton on Thursday, May 6, including a trip to sectionals.

“It feels good,” McFarland coach Brett Ogorzalek said after the victory. “I mean, Stoughton was a good team this year, and they play in a tough Badger Conference, so we knew that they’d be a solid opponent for us tonight. I was really proud of the way our guys came out strong early, we were able to come strong and fast and put a couple of goals away early to not only set the tone, but to force them to try and gamble and maybe take some chances.”

The Spartans started early with a goal from junior forward Zach Nichols in the second minute, assisted by sophomore midfielder Bubba Blair. Blair then found sophomore forward Mason Brown, who scored in the 11th minute to give McFarland a 2-0 lead. Brown found the back of the net again in the 20th minute after Nichols found him on the assist.

Senior midfielder Jake Sampson took advantage of a collapsing Stoughton defense in the 26th minute to find fellow senior midfielder Ben Hoang open on the wing, who knocked another goal in. Sampson then found Blair open on a run in the 39th minute for the fifth goal of the night.

In the second half, Ogorzalek made a number of substitutions to keep the Spartans fresh. Senior goalkeeper Jacob Brendenmuehl helped preserve the shutout with a couple of nice saves after taking over for junior Matt Schutt. Allowing the Spartans to stay fresh is how coach Ogorzalek managed a doubleheader on Saturday as well.

“It’s going to be tough. In high school soccer, we normally don’t play two games in one day that often, and if we are able to get through Evansville in that first game, then it’s going to be tough. So we’ll definitely be thinking about a lot of different contributions from a lot of different players because we’re going to need to,” Ogorzalek said before Saturday’s sectional wins.

Fatigue can make things tough for any soccer team.

“When your legs start to get tired, not only are you a little slower and you have trouble from getting from A to B, but your touches and accuracy of your passes start to go and that’s another thing we can’t afford to sacrifice,” Ogorzalek said.

Brendenmuehl finished the game with three saves for the Spartans in the second half. Schutt did not face a single shot during his half of action.hem to try and gamble and maybe take some chances.”

The Spartans started early with a goal from junior forward Zach Nichols in the second minute, assisted by sophomore midfielder Bubba Blair. Blair then found sophomore forward Mason Brown, who scored in the 11th minute to give McFarland a 2-0 lead. Brown found the back of the net again in the 20th minute after Nichols found him on the assist.

Senior midfielder Jake Sampson took advantage of a collapsing Stoughton defense in the 26th minute to find fellow senior midfielder Ben Hoang open on the wing, who knocked another goal in. Sampson then found Blair open on a run in the 39th minute for the fifth goal of the night.

In the second half, Ogorzalek made a number of substitutions to keep the Spartans fresh. Senior goalkeeper Jacob Brendenmuehl helped preserve the shutout with a couple of nice saves after taking over for junior Matt Schutt. Allowing the Spartans to stay fresh is how coach Ogorzalek managed a doubleheader on Saturday as well.

“It’s going to be tough. In high school soccer, we normally don’t play two games in one day that often, and if we are able to get through Evansville in that first game, then it’s going to be tough. So we’ll definitely be thinking about a lot of different contributions from a lot of different players because we’re going to need to,” Ogorzalek said before Saturday’s sectional wins.

Fatigue can make things tough for any soccer team.

“When your legs start to get tired, not only are you a little slower and you have trouble from getting from A to B, but your touches and accuracy of your passes start to go and that’s another thing we can’t afford to sacrifice,” Ogorzalek said.

Brendenmuehl finished the game with three saves for the Spartans in the second half. Schutt did not face a single shot during his half of action.

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