Temperatures were near freezing, but that didn't matter to the Kiel Raider boys soccer team as they scored on all four of their shootout penalty kicks to defeat stubborn Wrightstown in a WIAA Division 3 regional championship match Saturday night at Kiel's Fifrick Field.
Ryan Freund scored on a first half penalty kick and that lead held up until Wrightstown scored on a penalty kick with 13 minutes left in regulation.
The match went overtime and neither team scored sending it to a penalty kick shootout where the Raiders got PK scores from Freund, Everett Saeger, Isaac Puchalla and Chase Lubbers. Isaac Vander Meer made one save for KHS in the shootout while one Wrightstown kick missed wide left and their final one hit the post and bounded out.
Kiel now advances to sectional play this coming Thursday when they will host St. Lawrence Seminary at a time to be determined. St. Lawrence beat Kiel, 2-0, in a regular season non-conference match in Mount Calvary two weeks ago. Kickoff is set for 4 pm at Fifrick Field.
It will be Kiel's first trip to a sectional since 2003 when the John Adema-coached Raiders lost to Grafton in a sectional semifinal played at New Holstein. A win Thursday sends Kiel to the sectional final Saturday at 4 pm at Kiel's Fifrick Field. Omro and Menasha St. Mary Catholic play in another sectional semifinal Thursday. Top seeded Peshtigo was upset by Omro.
Kiel has never been to WIAA State.