Wildcats find 1st win in 7-0 shutout

Otradovec scores 4 goals

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham-Bowler sophomore Waylon Welch reaches for the ball during Tuesday’s 7-0 win over Tri-County.

Leader Photo by Jacy Zollar Gresham-Bowler sophomore defender Josh Hoffman Jr. finds the ball after a Tri-County pass toward the goal in Gresham-Bowler’s 7-0 win Tuesday.

Todd Otradovec scored four goals as Gresham-Bowler secured its first win of the season Tuesday, 7-0 over Tri-County on a slippery home field.

Zack Fehrman scored Gresham-Bowler’s first goal before the wind and rain picked up midway through the first period. Still, the Wildcats were able to score four more goals, all from Otradovec.

His last goal was assisted by senior Drew Haffner, whose deep kick downfield gave Otradovec a straight shot between two defenders and past the diving keeper for a 5-0 lead.

Part of the Wildcats’ success was due to an improved defense, which surrendered 13 goals in the their previous two games. Goalkeeper Justice Paiser had 10 saves Tuesday.

“Our defense has been struggling the last few games in leaving open shots in the goal area,” head coach Nate Boucher said. “They came out way better tonight, but we still need to work on it.”

Offensively, Gresham-Bowler (3-3-1, 1-2 Central Wisconsin Conference) utilized a different approach in attacking the net, forcing Tri-County’s goalie to make 16 saves in the second half alone. (0-3)

“We mixed things up a little bit with shifting players around on the field and going after a different offensive strategy, and today was the first day we tried it, so we’ll keep working to solidify that,” Boucher said.

Tom Seidler scored Gresham-Bowler’s first goal of the second half, and Drew Haffner closed the scoring with a goal off Bryce Bohl’s corner kick assist.

Even with seven goals, the Wildcats weren’t satisfied.

“I still think we could’ve scored more goals against this team,” Otradovec said. “We need to be better.”

“We played sloppy at times,” Boucher said. “We’re still trying to figure some things out, so we have a lot of room for improvement and we’ll learn from tonight in next week’s practice.”

As for the players, their goal is pretty simple: “Hopefully we’ll just be able to keep scoring goals and get the win,” Otradovec said.