Wolfpack Clinch Playoff Berth, Blow Out Inter Wisconsin
The Wolfpack took on Inter Wisconsin in the final WPASL regular season action on Sunday night, needing a win to clinch a playoff berth. The Pack started the game strong, scoring 10 goals in the first half against a short-handed Inter squad. The Wolfpack broke through early, with Kaden Bergman scoring a header off of a Ethan Wolfe corner kick. Isaiah Heyworth then scored a header off of a Mark McConnell assist. Bergman then scored again off of a McConnell assist, and Cole Gewerth scored a beautiful back of heel goal on an Ethan Wolfe assist. Bergman finished his hat trick from a Confidence Idim assist. After a 5-0 start, the Wolfpack switched their defenders and their forwards, and Dylan Winchester scored 3 goals in the span of 15 minutes, with assists going to Durim Camili, and Jonathan Eng (x2). Jeremy Hill scored a breakaway goal, and then Camili put away another breakaway goal on a long pass from Gewerth. The half ended 10-0, and the Wolfpack would go on to score one more goal from a Mark McConnell penalty kick before Inter would forfeit due to a lack of players from injuries. Cole Bergman finished with 2 saves. Hayward clinched a playoff berth and will travel to Rice Lake, WI on Sunday to take on Eau Claire Heat FC in a semi-final match at 1pm. The 3rd place game is at 3:30 and championship is at 6pm. All games will be at Moon Lake Soccer Park.
Wolfpack and Saints battle to a tie
Hayward United travelled to Barron, WI to take on Saint Croix Valley in a make-up league game on Wednesday. The game was very even throughout, and St. Croix did not break through until the 42nd minute when a forward was left unmarked in front of the net. After halftime, the Wolfpack rebounded when Kaden Bergman scored in the 62nd minute off of a rebounded shot, with the assist going to Ethan Wolfe. The Pack struck again in the 69th minute, with Bergman getting a head on a beautiful free kick by Durim Camili. Hayward thought they would get the win, only to be heartbroken by a 85th minute free kick goal by St. Croix. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, with Cole Bergman recording 5 saves on the night.
Wolfpack outclassed by Barron Soccer Team
The Wolfpack battled Barron Soccer Team on Sunday, July 21st in Barron but fell short, losing 5-1. Barron dominated possession of the game and tired a 13 player Wolfpack team quickly. The score was 3-0 at halftime but Confidence Idim nullified the shutout in the 72nd minute off of a through ball by Ethan Wolfe. Coke Bergman finished the game with 8 saves. The Pack will head to St Croix Falls on Sunday to play St Croix Valley
League Leading Eau Claire Shut Out the Wolfpack
The Wolfpack then came home on Sunday to take on league-leading Eau Claire Heat FC. The game started off very back and forth, with opportunities plentiful for both squads. Eau Claire finally broke through in the 24th minute on an uncontested header. The game slowed down until halftime, with the score at 1-0. The Heat came out flying in the second half, scoring in the 48th minute and dominating possession for the first 20 minutes. The game switched around the 65th minute, when the Wolfpack began creating chances in the attacking third. In a span of 10 minutes, the Wolfpack had 3 posts and the Eau Claire goalkeeper made some miraculous saves. Eau Claire put the game out of reach in the 75th minute, when they scored on a breakaway opportunity, cementing the 3-0 loss for Hayward. The Wolfpack are back in action this weekend as they travel to Barron for a 6pm game on Sunday.
Pack beat the Pride 4-0
Hayward United travelled to Grand Rapids, MN on Saturday to take on Hibbing United SC of the Duluth Amateur Soccer League. The Wolfpack lost to Hibbing 4-3 at the beginning of the season and were looking to avenge their early season blemish. The Wolfpack started out hot, with Kaden Bergman scoring in the 19th minute, and then again in the 31st minute with assists going to Mark McConnell and Tyler Bratley. The game was dominated by Hayward throughout it's entirety. Durim Camili scored in the 73rd minute off of a Flavio Hattori assist, and then Confidence Idim finished the scoring in the 83rd minute off of a beautiful cross-field assist given by Cole Bergman, giving the Wolfpack a 4-0 win. Bergman and Leone Espinosa split time in net, with Bergman earning the shutout after making 4 first half saves. Espinosa made 3 second half saves
Hayward United Slaughter Rice Lake at Home
Hayward United Wolfpack were looking for vengeance on an early season loss to Rice Lake, and they got it. The Wolfpack came out with all cylinders pumping, and asserted their dominance when Owen Quast starting the scoring off of a great through ball by Sebastian Paczuski. The Wolfpack struck again in the 26th minute, this time Kaden Bergman slotted the ball home off of a Confidence Idim rebound. Bergman continuted to shred the Rice Lake defense, going on to score 3 more goals, in the 44th, 45th and 55th minutes, completing his 4 goal night. Assists went to Will Hoeschler, Ethan Wolfe and Mohammed Keita. The Wolfpack maintained their scoring streak later in the game, with Durim Camili capitalizing on a beautiful shot from outside of the box in the 73rd minute. Hoeschler and Quast finished out the scoring in the 81st and 85th minutes respectively. Assists were credited to Idim, Wolfe and Bergman. Cole Bergman finished with 4 saves in net and was credited with the shutout. The Wolfpack will be back in action on Saturday in Hibbing, and then on Sunday at 6pm as they take on league leaders Eau Claire Heat FC in Hayward.
Wolfpack blank Inter Wisconsin
The Wolfpack battled Inter Wisconsin (Spooner) to a 5-1 win on Saturday night. The game started out with many chances for the Pack, but Hayward couldn't put anything in the back of the net, and the score was 0-0 going into halftime. The Wolfpack came out guns blazing in the second half, with Kaden Bergman scoring off of an Ethan Wolfe shot. Inter Wisconsin responded with a goal of their own, but Bergman then scored again after Wolfe hit the crossbar. The game was all Hayward after that. Sebastian Paczuski scored off of a beautiful free kick by Cole Gewerth that was deflected by Bergman. Confidence Idim then ran onto a nice through ball by Gabe Winchester and calmly finished the chance. The Wolfpack finished up the scoring when Justin Gawlik beat his defender to the ball and poked it past the goalkeeper, with Nils Eckstrom getting the assist. Cole Bergman finished with 6 saves in net, as Hayward outshot Inter Wisconsin 23-7. The Wolfpack will be back in action next Sunday as they take on Rice Lake City at home.
Wolfpack battle the Saints, Fall Short
The Wolfpack lost 3-2 against the current WPASL 2nd-placed team, St. Croix Valley, in a nail biter on Sunday night. The Wolfpack dominated the first half, and opened the scoring in the 1st half off of a perfectly placed penalty kick goal in the 11th minute scored by Confidence Idim. The score was 1-0 at half, but St. Croix came out hot in the 2nd half, scoring a Penalty Kick goal in the 47th minute, and capitalizing on another chance in the 56th minute. The Wolfpack rebounded in the 72nd minute, when Ethan Wolfe back-heel flicked the ball into the bottom corner, with Idim assisting the play. The tie was broken in the 80th minute when St. Croix's league leading scorer capitalized on a breakaway chance, cementing the 3-2 loss for Hayward. Cole Bergman finished with 4 saves on the night and the Wolfpack were outshot 7-6. The Wolfpack will be back in action on Sunday at the Spooner Elementary School as they take on Inter Wisconsin FC in another WPASL league game.
Hayward United Wolfpack shred the Bears
The Wolfpack won a very important league game against Barron Soccer Team on Sunday. The Pack opened the scoring off of an Ethan Wolfe goal in the 8th minute off of an assist by Kaden Bergman. Sebastian Paczuski then finished off a corner by Wolfe in the 14th minute, followed by another Wolfe goal in the 16th minute, assisted by Owen Quast. The Wolfpack continued to put on the pressure, capitalizing on a 26th minute goal by Bergman, with a beautiful assist Confidence Idim. Idim then finished the 1st half scoring in the 34th minute off of a feed by Quast. The 2nd half was a bit more even, with Barron putting a lot of pressure on the Wolfpack. The Bears scored in the 61st minute off of a beautiful strike. The Pack then put the pressure back on, with Owen Quast capitalizing on a long throw-in by Wolfe. Cole Bergman finished with 7 saves on the day. The Wolfpack will look to compete in their next game on Sunday at home against Saint Croix Valley.
Wolfpack drop points to Rice Lake
The Wolfpack dropped points to Rice Lake City today. The Pack outshot Rice Lake 15-3 throughout the game, but were stopped by a hot keeper. Rice Lake's goal was scored in the 52nd minute off of an interesting goal. An "unintentional" handball was called as a foul in the box, and then before Hayward could finish building their wall, Rice Lake shot with no whistle. The goal was confirmed by the ref, leaving the Pack confused. Good game to Rice Lake City. We will look to rebound with a game against Barron on Sunday, June 16th.
Eau Claire Heat Burn the Wolfpack in first WPASL game
The Wolfpack lost their first ever WPASL league game to Eau Claire Heat FC, the favorites to win the league this year. Eau Claire started the scoring right off the bat, putting the ball in the back of the net in the 1st and 2nd minute. The Heat then scored again in the 31st minute, followed by a Wolfpack goal in the 39th minute, scored by Kaden Bergman. After halftime, the Heat struck again in the 74th minute on a PK, and then again in the 79th minute. The Pack salvaged a goal in the 81st minute off of a goal by Isaiah Heyworth, assisted by Kaden Bergman. The Wolfpack only had 12 players travel, and hope to get better numbers for their game next week against Rice Lake.
Hayward United Finishes Off Boomerang Energy
Hayward United played a great game, finishing off last year's DASL champions, Boomerang Energy in a 4-0 tilt.
The Wolfpack started the game fast, scoring off of a fast break up the right side in the 2nd minute. Cole Gewerth put in a great ball, with Siji Gonzalez finishing the cross. The rest of the half would be riddled with back and forth action, with both sides creating little.
The second half was dominated by Boomerang Energy for the first 20 minutes, with the Energy taking 14 shots on the day, with only 5 finding the frame. The scoring broke open on a 64th minute goal by Kaden Bergman, with the assist going to Cole Gewerth. Bergman scored again in the 78th minute, nutmegging the Boomerang keeper off of a deflected shot by Ethan Wolfe. The scoring ended on a beautiful cross by Bergman, put in calmly on the back post by Isaiah Heyworth. Cole Bergman completed the shutout with 5 saves.
Manager Kaden Bergman was very happy with the result, citing having a full team and putting away chances as the keys to winning the game.
The Wolfpack will look to keep the winning streak going as they take on Eau Claire Heat FC in WPASL action on Sunday, June 2nd.
Hayward United Drops Game to Hibbing
Hayward United lost their second game of the year, 4-3, to Hibbing United FC of the Duluth Amateur Soccer League.
Hibbing scored two quick goals to start off the game, and Hayward answered with a goal by Siji Gonzalez in the 19th minute. After halftime, the Wolfpack tied the game up on a penalty kick, converted by Mualigbe Keita in the 67th minute. Hibbing United scored two goals in the 75th and 84th minute, but Owen Quast responded for the Wolfpack with a goal of his own, slotting the ball into the lower-right corner in the 86th minute.
Hayward United dominated the possession throughout the entirety of the game, and outshot Hibbing 11-6, but couldn't pull off the win. Hayward only had 13 players available to travel for the game, but will look to start fresh next weekend, with college finals finishing up.
The Wolfpack will travel to Duluth again on Sunday, May 19th to take on Team Evil at noon and Portside FC at 6pm at Stowe Elementary School.
Hayward Loses US Amateur Cup battle to Stegman's SC (MN)
The Wolfpack fought hard against Stegmans SC, one of the top amateur teams in MN, on Sunday, May 19th, but lost 6-0. Stegman's SC scored on a Penalty Kick in the 11th minute (Rosenthal), and then off of a corner kick in the 18th minute (Hutton), then again off of a corner kick in the 28th minute (Forsgren).
Protagonist Soccer has written up an article about our club. It includes our club's history, a look into our current year, and our goals for the future!
Check out the link here: https://www.protagonistsoccer.com/spotlight/hayward-united
Thanks Protagonist Soccer!
Here is a link to the new article regarding our new league: https://www.protagonistsoccer.com/features/wpasl A huge thanks to Dominic Bisogno and Protagonist Soccer for the amazing article! Very excited to get things started!
2018 Wolfpack Season in Review
The 2018 Hayward United SC Wolfpack season was a great one! Here are some fun facts/stats from our first year of competitive soccer!
- We joined the Duluth Amateur Soccer League (DASL), a regional amateur soccer league consisting of teams from Duluth, Superior, Ashland, Hermantown and Hayward
-We also played non-conference games against Rice Lake, Barron, and Washburn.
- We finished the season with an overall record of 5-7-3, with a 2-4-2 record in DASL play. We finished the season with 29 goals scored and 34 goals against. We played 2 home games and 13 away games.
-Our team was composed of 24 players from all over the Northland. These players were from Hayward, WI (11), Duluth, MN (4), Hibbing, MN (4), Washburn, WI (2), Alexandria, MN (2), and Virginia, MN (1).
-Our leading scorer was Kaden Bergman, who finished the season with 7 goals. He currently plays for Viterbo University in La Crosse. Following behind him were Eric Njimegni (Hibbing, MN), Danny Murphy (UMD Club) and Justin Gawlik (Hayward, WI) with 4 goals each.
-Goaltender Cole Bergman played in all but 1 game in the net. He compiled a .722 save percentage and had 86 saves over the year.
-We had three Wolfpack players selected to the DASL All-Star Team, Kaden Bergman, Danny Murphy and Eric Njimegni. They faced off against Duluth FC Reserves, with Kaden Bergman scoring a goal and helping the team to a 2-0 victory!
-We wore our White Uniforms the most times (9), followed by Black (5) and lastly Gold (1).
-Our most exciting games of the year were:
1) 7.25. against Green Machine: Game was very high intensity, both teams earned PKs at the end of the first half and converted on them. The 2nd half was riddled with close misses and great saves, while both teams gained a combined 7 yellow cards throughout the game. An eventual game winner was scored by Kaden Bergman in the 86th minute on a header off of a throw-in, which was followed by a red card for taking his shirt off. The game ended in a 2-1 win for Hayward United, which has been the start of a great rivalry (Tied 3-3 later in season).
2) 7.4. against Rice Lake City: This game was played between two natural rivals in Rice Lake and Hayward. The game was a slug-fest, with goal after goal being scored in the first half. Hayward went into the second half with a 3-2 lead, with both teams waiting for their chances. Rice Lake scored a tying goal in the 71st minute and was dominating possession, until Eric Njimegni scored on the fast break in the 82nd minute, securing the win for the Wolfpack. This is another great rivalry, which was evened up later in the year (4-2 win by RL)
3) 7.17. against Team Evil: The Wolfpack struggled to get results against Team Evil all year, and with no subs for the game, the Wolfpack seemed destined to be on the short end of the stick once again. Team Evil played a slow possession game that Hayward couldn't crack, and with the top playoff seed on the line, Team Evil had everything to lose. Team Evil dominated the majority of the first part of the game, but Hayward managed to score in the 51st minute off a nice goal by Danny Teran (Hayward, WI). The game opened up, with quick breaks for each side, but both goalkeepers played amazing and kept the game scoreless. With three minutes to play, Charlie Forsyth, a Team Evil player who was the all-time leading scorer at UW-Superior found himself open at the top of the 18 and shot a beautiful volley over Cole Bergman's hands and into the net to salvage a point for Team Evil. A heartbreaking result for the Wolfpack, who went on to lose to Team Evil in the first round of playoffs.
We hope you enjoyed this quick recap of our 2018 season, we are very excited to what's in store for 2019!
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