McFarland to face Pius XI for D3 state boys soccer title

Pius XI Catholic will face McFarland in the championship game after defeating Baldwin-Woodville in the second semifinal of the day.  Ivan Cuellar puts the first goal of the game in the net in the 12th minute, assist coming from Ryan Pogodinski.  Less than 20 seconds later, teammate Rey Sprewer adds another goal, assist from Cuellar. Cuellar gets his second goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 28th minute.  Baldwin-Woodville gets on the board with a header goal from Vance Wicker in the 32nd minute, assist credited to Nathan Vrchota.  Pius scores again in the 45th minute from a header off a free kick from Ruben Fendt, assist to Cuellar.  Baldwin-Woodville's Jacek Nickowski scores in the 49th minute, assist from Wicker.  Cuellar gets a hat trick in the 70th minute, unassisted.  DJ Singleton of Baldwin-Woodville scores in the 88th and 90th minute, both unassisted  Nickowski puts the final goal of the game in the net in the 90th minute.  Saves for Alek Gerrits of Baldwin-Woodville 11 and for Nick Smerz of Pius 2.

The first game of the 2018 State Boys Soccer Tournament featured McFarland Spartans and the Plymouth Panthers in the Division 3 semifinals. The Spartans advanced to the championship game with a 2-0 victory over the Panthers. 

Scoring both goals for McFarland was Zach Nichols in the 38th and 89th minutes, both unassisted. Gabe Thull of Plymouth had nine saves, and Matt Schutt of Plymouth had three.


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