OLNEY – St. Anthony goalkeeper Zach Tegeler left the game 25 minutes into the first half after falling awkwardly on his knee and Teutopolis took advantage of the Bulldogs’ replacement keeper on Tuesday, winning 3-1 to advance to Saturday’s Class 1A Regional championship.
“We didn’t really have a backup keeper,” St. Anthony head coach Scott Demers said. “That’s a coaching thing we weren’t prepared for. That’s a coaching mistake.”
Without an immediate option to replace their senior goalkeeper, sophomore Kyle Hartke volunteered to move from his defensive position into the net where he was involved in two Teutopolis goals.
The Bulldogs tied the game with Hartke in net, on a shot by Frank Jansen that bent over Teutopolis goalkeeper Seth Belford’s head.
Teutopolis head coach Dustin Jansen said the Bulldogs’ game-tying goal came right before his team “really turned the heat on.”
Kyle Blievernicht scored a goal less than one minute later, tipping the ball over the goalkeeper who dove into a collision with the Teutopolis senior, making the game 2-1.
Then, Blievernicht headed a ball into an open net after another set of collisions in front of the goal three minutes later, giving Teutopolis a 3-1 lead going into a halftime that stayed the same for the remainder of the game.
“We figured (St. Anthony) would do what they normally do – playing heavy on the defense,” Jansen said. “We knew we had to get on the board early, that way they had to change up what they were doing.”
Tegeler returned to the game immediately following Blievernicht’s second goal, despite barely being able to run under his own power, Demers said.
For St. Anthony, Tegeler’s entrance back into the game was two goals too late. Demers said there could’ve been a different result to Teutopolis’ two goals if Tegeler hadn’t been injured.
“We allowed the ball to get in front of our goal too often and that was the result,” Demers said. “Zach maybe would’ve been able to sustain the shots, but who knows.”
Teutopolis’ win moves them into position to play for the Class 1A Regional championship on Saturday against Olney, which beat Altamont earlier on Tuesday.
“We know what they have,” Jansen said. “We know we need to step up. We’ll make them earn it.”
St. Anthony 1 0 1
Teutopolis 3 0 3
Teutopolis goals: Kowalski (23:00), Blievernicht 2 (35:52, 38:46)
St. Anthony goals: Jansen (35:03)
Saves: Belford 8, Tegeler 11
Olney shuts out Altamont
Olney didn’t leave much to the imagination on Tuesday, taking care of a winless Altamont team to advance to the title game of the Class 1A Regional on Saturday, winning 4-0.
Olney head coach Jason Burckhartt said his team’s passing helped it to two first-half goals and two second-half goals in the win.
Altamont head coach Jeff Walton said Olney is a tough team to play against when it is executing its passing game effectively.
“They have a lot of experience and a lot of skill,” Walton said. “When they pass the ball and play small, they’re really tough to handle.”
The Indians’ end their season without a win to their name, but Walton said he hopes this season’s young team gained some experience for the future.
“The one good things is with so many young kids on the field we should have experience going toward next year,” Walton said. “Hopefully we can turn things around, so we don’t have to look at the same record as we did this year.”
Saturday’s title game between Olney and Teutopolis, the two top-seeded teams in the region, will kick off at 1 p.m.
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Altamont 0 0 0
Olney 2 2 4