Continuing its recent uptick, the Wauwatosa East boys soccer team won the Pewaukee Quad last weekend by winning a shootout against Verona and pulling out a 1-0 victory over Waunakee.
The Red Raiders entered this week at 5-5-1 overall having won four of their last six games.
"The Pewaukee Quad is not a joke," Wauwatosa East coach Eric Dale said. "Every year they invite two teams from Madison. Verona has a great record this year. I think the boys felt a little sense of satisfaction, but at this time of the season, we have more work to do. Hopefully, that translates into more victories."
While the Verona (9-3-4 overall) match will officially go down as a 1-1 tie, Wauwatosa East won in a shootout to advance to the championship of the quad.
Verona's Alex Johnson scored in the 13th minute, but the Red Raiders equalized in the 49th minute on a goal from junior Joe Tuffnell off an assist from senior Josh Klein.
"Verona had some strong midfield play we neutralized in the second half a bit," Dale said. "Once we figured out that we didn't want the ball on one of their guys' feet, we took control of the game.
"We got a quick goal in the second half. The last 30 minutes of the match, we had the ball in really good scoring chances. I felt pretty good about tying a team like that."
In the shootout, Red Raider senior goalkeeper Sam Rutkiewicz saved three of four shots to give Wauwatosa East the win.
"Sam was pretty exceptional in the shootout," Dale said. "He's something special in situations like that."
Wauwatosa East was expecting to see Pewaukee (7-3-3) in the championship game, but Waunakee (4-9-1) upset the Pirates, 2-1.
Although Dale estimated Wauwatosa East possessed the ball 75 to 80 percent of the game against Waunakee, the Red Raiders scored just once on a Vince Milan goal from freshman Jimmy Mroz in the 22nd minute.
"They didn't really threaten our goal too much," Dale said. "They played pretty defensively. It was two contrasting styles. They were a fairly direct team and over the top. We didn't let them get in.
"When you hold the ball that long and dictate play so well, you have to find a way to put the ball in the net. Shots on goal were pretty lopsided, but we did just enough to get the victory."