Prep boys soccer photo: Madison East's Josh Cervantes in 2016 regional

Madison East's Nick Johnston (9) attempts the head the ball into the goal as Josh Cervantes (6), center, and Wales Kettle Moraine's Carson Albert (19) look on during the first half of a Division 1 regional semifinal at Breese Stevens Field in Madison, Wis., Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

M.P. KING, STATE JOURNAL

Josh Cervantes scored the game’s only goal in the 63rd minute Tuesday night to give the host Madison East boys soccer team a 1-0 victory over Verona in a battle of the top two teams in the Big Eight Conference standings.

After East picked up the ball at midfield, Nick Johnston made a long pass to Cervantes, who headed it between two defenders and over the Verona goalkeeper to take the lead.

The Purgolders (7-0-0 Big Eight) handed the fifth-ranked Wildcats (5-1-1) their first conference loss of the season and remained four points ahead of Middleton atop the conference standings.

Brett Richardson made three saves to get the shutout in goal for East.

Middleton 9, Madison La Follette 0

Derek Waleffe scored a hat trick and added two assists to help the host Cardinals cruise past the Lancers.

Drake Vandermause scored twice and had two assists for Middleton.

Madison West 3, Sun Prairie 2

Sam Loving scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute, one minute after the Cardinals tied it, giving the host Regents the victory.

Kyle Haggerman cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 65th minute and then tied the game in the 85th minute.

Ian Shi scored two first-half goals for Madison West, both assisted by Paolo Gratton.

Mount Horeb 3, Baraboo 2

Jaden Neumann broke a 2-2 tie with a goal on a penalty kick, his second of the game, to lift the visiting Vikings past the Thunderbirds.

Noah Kappel scored two second-half goals for Baraboo, the second on a penalty kick one minute before Neumann scored.

Sauk Prairie 10, Portage/Poynette 0

Juan Herrera scored five goals as the host Eagles (3-1-2 Badger North) took a 5-0 lead three minutes, 12 seconds into the game and cruised past United (0-6-0).

Evan Carlson added two goals and two assists for Sauk Prairie.

Stoughton 8, Monroe 1

Zander Hartberg scored a hat trick and assisted another goal to lead the visiting Vikings (4-2-0) past the Cheesemakers (1-4-0).

Fort Atkinson 2, Madison Edgewood 0

Tommy Tumbarello and Casey Strayer each scored a goal as the visiting Blackhawks (2-3-1) defeated the Crusaders (1-3-2).

Monona Grove 1, Watertown 0

Zach Zielke scored the lone goal of the game to lift the host Silver Eagles past the Goslings.

Dodgeville/Mineral Point 3, Richland Center 0

Braeden Vivian tallied two goals and an assist as the host Dodgers (3-0-0) defeated the visiting Hornets (0-3-0).

Wisconsin Heights 7, Dodgeland/Hustisford 0

Joan Ayala scored a hat trick and Connor Murphy scored two goals for the Vanguards as they topped the visiting Trojans.

Cambridge 3, New Glarus 0

Nicole Peterson notched 12 kills and Bella Fiore had 12 assists as the host Blue Jays defeated the Glarner Knights, 25-12, 25-18, 25-21.

Watertown Luther Prep 3, Lakeside Lutheran 1

Alex Lawrenz scored all three goals to lead the visiting Phoenix (3-4 Capitol) past the Warriors (2-5). Brett Schwantes scored off of an assist by Andrew Burk in the 11th minute for Lakeside Lutheran.

Lodi 2, Cambridge/Deerfield 1

Zach McManamy scored two second-half goals to lift the host Blue Devils past the United.

Mitch Krueger scored 16 seconds after McManamy’s second goal to cut the deficit to one goal, but Cambridge/Deerfield could not complete the comeback.

Belleville/New Glarus 6, Lake Mills 1

Jaden Kreklow scored two goals and Brock Kelly assisted on two and added a score of his own to help the host Raiders top the L-Cats.

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Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.