For a mere moment, it looked like the Kiel Raider boys soccer team was going to earn the revenge they were looking for. After forcing a shootout with a dramatic finish to the 20-minute overtime session, the Raiders found themselves within one penalty kick of advancing to its first-ever sectional final and on its home field, as well.
For the second year in a row, Kiel traveled to Sturgeon Bay for a WIAA Division 4 Sectional Semifinal Thursday night and once again, Lady Luck shined on the Clippers, not the Raiders.
Following a scoreless regulation, the teams traded overtime scores before the Clippers advanced, 6-5, on a penalty kick shootout. Sturgeon Bay won 4-3 on kicks in last years sectional semifinal.
The hero of regulation was Raider senior goalie Trevor Muehlbauer as he came up with three huge saves to keep the match scoreless. At the 96-minute mark, Landen Hintz headed a shot past a diving Muehlbauer for a 1-0 SB lead, but Kiel was not going to see its season end that way.
Just two minutes later, the Raiders put the ball into the 18-yard box and following a mad scramble, Aidan Murphy tapped the ball into net, with Carter Burg earning an assist, tying the game with just two minutes of playing time remaining.
The match went to penalty kicks and Everett Saeger, Duncan VanderMeer, Isaac Puchalla and Murphy scored putting Kiel up 4-3.
Koen Sitzman’s attempt that would have sent Kiel to the finals, hit the side post and bounced back out for a miss.
The Clippers then went up 5-4 before Mason Neils scored tying it at 5-5. Isaac Marsh’s shot put SB up 6-5 leaving it to Dylan Jeanty whose final shot was hauled in by the Clipper goalie and the second seeded Sturgeon Bay squad will come to Kiel Saturday for a rematch top seeded and defending state champ Sheboygan Christian/Sheboygan Lutheran.
Christian/Lutheran won last year’s sectional final, also played at Kiel, 3-1.
Kiel finishes 14-3-2.