Whitefish Bay boys soccer coach Jeff Worzella is a cautious man.
He is happy, excited and very, very pleased with the 2-0 North Shore Conference win the Blue Dukes scored over Cedarburg on Sept. 17.
It was a battle of league unbeatens and put the Blue Dukes (5-0 in league, 8-4 overall) in the driver's seat for the league title with just two games left to play.
Although Tuesday's opponent Port Washington and the Oct. 1 road league foe Homestead, both entered this week 0-4 in league play, there's no way Worzella is going to let his team look past either of his team's final two NSC foes.
"This gives a leg up, a good leg up, but that's all," he said. "...Still, this game (Cedarburg) was our biggest one to date. Two undefeated (in conference) quality sides and everyone there knew what it was for. The goal of winning a conference title."
The Blue Dukes followed that with another huge game Saturday, when a crowd of 1,500 to 2,000 crowded into Lubar Stadium as Bay fell to defending state champion Marquette, 3-0.
"It was an amazing atmosphere," Worzella said, "and another physical game. We knew that there would only be a couple of chances for each side and we had to be able to capitalize. We didn't and they did."
The Blue Dukes visit another state power Brookfield East on Saturday in a 2 p.m. contest. The Spartans are in Bay's WIAA Division 2 sectional, so the game will be a good precursor for any potential battle to qualify for the state tournament down the road.
In the win over Cedarburg, Bay took the lead for good on a Jack Menard goal (J.T. Roemer assist) just 10 minutes into the contest. Cedarburg had chances to tie the game but couldn't quite cash in. Bay got an insurance goal from Zach Heller in the 78th minute on a penalty kick.
"They (the Bulldogs) pushed us pretty hard early on," Worzwella said, "but once we got our feet under us we were able to take control."
"As it has been all year, our midfield really did the job for us. That's a talented trio (Roemer, Heller and Griffin Kerwin) and every game they get better and better."
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