GENOA – A flurry of goals in the second half turned a close match into a rout as Johnsburg blew out Genoa-Kingston, 6-2, Wednesday in a Class 1A Genoa-Kingston Regional semifinal.
The game’s scoring ramped up when Skyhawks forward Dean Wiersum, who already had the game’s only two goals, scored again in the 67th and 69th minutes to put the Skyhawks up, 4-0.
“I’ve never [had a hat trick] before, so it’s all new to me,” Wiersum said. “[I was thinking], ‘Let’s get another.’ ”
Wiersum’s teammate, Will Conroy, rifled another goal with 8:45 left to give Johnsburg a commanding 5-0 lead.
“In the first half, we had too many situations where we tried to go one-on-one, rather than attack together,” Johnsburg coach Adam Bronars said. “We did a lot more attacking as a team or as a unit, and that made a big difference in that second half.”
The Cogs wouldn’t go away quietly, however.
Senior forward Damen Tijerina slithered through the Skyhawk defense, scoring less than a minute later at 8:29.
Cogs midfielder Ben Reams would then push across another goal at 7:39 to cut the lead to 5-2.
The Skyhawks’ Cody Dschida, however, would score another goal with 5:28 remaining to end the Cogs’ rally.
“After that second goal, I don’t know, it kind of broke down there. That’s kind of been our mantra for some of these games. Once we get down two or three goals, we just kind of fall apart,” Genoa-Kingston coach Randy Tate said. “Unfortunately, it wasn’t our night. I think they outplayed us.”
Johnsburg will take on St. Edward at 1 p.m. Saturday in the regional title game.