MILWAUKEE — Mount Horeb boys soccer coach Mark Newman got plenty of rest and fluids as he battled a nasty bug Friday night.
But Jaden Neumann, one of his senior tri-captains, provided the perfect remedy for what ailed his coach during a WIAA Division 3 state semifinal game on Friday night.
“It works wonders,” Newman said after watching Neumann score four goals as the Vikings cruised into the state finals for a fourth consecutive year with a 5-1 victory over Amery at Uihlein Soccer Park.
Neumann’s four-goal outing set a Division 3 record and tied for the most goals in a match spanning all divisions.
He is the first to score four goals in a state tournament match since Brandon Dantone of Division 1 Menomonee Falls did so in 2014.
“We’ve had some really good players,” Newman said. “This year, he struggled with an injury at the start and has had a lot of (defensive) attention on him.
So it was nice to see him show the kind of player he is on this stage.”
The Vikings (18-4-1) will face Delavan-Darien in the final tonight in a rematch of last year’s title game, which ended in a 2-1 loss for Mount Horeb.
Delavan-Darien (25-1-3), led by Jason Cano with 50 goals and Zeus Huerta with 51, is the state’s top-ranked Division 3 team. Both scored in overtime on Friday as the Comets beat Plymouth, 2-0.
By contrast, Neumann’s four-goal performance on Friday gave him 27 in 18 games this season.
Neumann’s offensive explosion helped make up for a somewhat slow start for the Vikings, who found themselves playing from behind for the first time since a 1-0 loss to Madison East on Sept. 9.
Galen Koy pushed a penalty kick past Ben Lies in the 29th minute to give Amery (19-2-2) a 1-0 lead.
“To be honest, it was a little weird,” Neumann said of the deficit. “But we knew we could put a couple away.”
After being denied his first three times, Neumann finally got a shot past Amery goalkeeper Mason Helbig at 42:17, tying the game at 1 and nearly put the Vikings ahead a minute later, but his header was waved off and it was a tie game at half.
“The last 10 minutes of the first half, that looked liked us. That looked like my team playing how I want them to play,” Newman said. “The offense really flowed. We were dangerous on set pieces.”
The Vikings didn’t waste any time when action resumed in the second half.
Neumann converted a corner from Kyler Donovan in the 50th and Donovan got into the action five minutes later, striking from the right side to make it 3-1. Neumann converted a penalty kick in the 61st minute and added one more goal in the 66th, converting a header off a Donovan free kick.
“Personally, its a great feeling, but it’s a team game,” Neumann said. “And as a team, we’re not satisfied.”
The Vikings have won two state championships in school history, in Division 2 in 2011 and in Division 3 in 2015.
Aside from last year, Delavan-Darien also won state titles in 2000 (Division 2) and 2014 (Division 3).
Amery 1 0 — 1
Mount Horeb 1 4 — 5
First half: A — Coy (pk), 28:38; MH — Neumann (Culberson), 42:17. Second half: MH — Neumann (Donovan), 49:52; Donovan, 54:31; Neumann (pk), 60:38; Neumann (Donovan), 65:25.
Shots: A 5-3-8, MH 10-14-24. Shots on goal: A 6, MH 15. Saves: A (Helbig) 5-5-10; MH (Leis 4, Coon 1) 3-2-5. Corner kicks: A 1-3-4, MH 2-7-9. Offside: A 0, MH 3. Yellow cards: A — McLeon, Elynck; MH — Winkler, Culberson, Guenther.