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SHS wraps up season with win over Hayward

The Superior High School boys soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a 3-1 win over the Hayward Hurricanes Tuesday evening at the SHS soccer fields.

The Superior High School boys soccer team wrapped up its regular season with a 3-1 win over the Hayward Hurricanes Tuesday evening at the SHS soccer fields.

The Spartans and Hurricanes met earlier in the season with the Hurricanes getting a 4-2 win in the Rice Lake tournament.

"We've been waiting all season for this rematch because we felt we deserved a better finish than what we received at the Rice Lake tourney," SHS coach Aaron Ashley said.

The Spartans scored first in the 18th minute when Chris Peterson finished on a send by Pat Dalbec and Corey Wilander.

The Hurricanes held the Spartans at bay by dodging two excellent scoring chances for the Spartans that hit the crossbar.

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Wilander then gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead in the 39th minute with the assist going to Chris Peterson.

Hayward tried to gain some momentum in the second half after Jay Xu scored with an assist from Alex McCraken after a miscommunication between senior Spartan defenseman Cole Fouts and senior keeper Matt Peterson in the 46th minute.

Wilander responded for the Spartans in the 50th minute after defender Andrew Mattson drove a direct kick deep into the Hayward penalty area.

According to Ashley, Hayward showed its frustration in the second half as Jacob Henson earned a yellow card for unsportsmanlike like conduct after injuring senior midfielder Matt Bouvine and McCraken earned a red card and a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct and profanity.

With 12 minutes remaining, Hayward requested the game be called because of darkness, giving the Spartans a 3-1 victory.

Matt Peterson finished the game with six saves for the Spartans and Hayward's Aaron Friemend made 11.

"I'm really proud of the boys getting the winning record for the season," Ashley said. "We had some troubles early on and at the end were facing injuries to some key players, but everyone stepped up and made it happen."

The Spartans (12-11) travel to Eau Claire North on Thursday to face the No. 1 seeded Huskies (20-1-1) in the first round of the playoffs.

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SPARTAN SPIN: The Superior JV wrapped up its season with a 4-4 tie with Hayward. SHS overcame a 4-1 deficit by scoring three second-half goals. Freshman forward Rob Kraft extended his scoring streak to three games with a pair of goals. Also scoring for Superior were Marty Manion and Aaron Emmert.

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