Shutout king: Milton's Drew stops Edgewood
MILTON--Nick Drew wasn't exactly thinking positive thoughts.
That didn't stop him from making a diving save to preserve a victory—and a personal milestone—for the Milton High boys soccer team.
Leading 1-0 over visiting Madison Edgewood in the final minutes of Tuesday's match, Drew recalled a similar situation from earlier this season.
“I saw a kid wide open eight yards out and I was like, 'Oh no,'” Drew said. “Earlier in the year, against Mount Horeb, I let in a goal from about the same distance out in the 79th minute, and we ended up tying that game.
“I just tried my best to keep my hands behind the ball.”
Drew dove to his left and made the stop to preserve the clean sheet with less than two minutes left.
The 1-0 victory gave him his program record-setting 17th career shutout.
“It's a big accomplishment for me,” Drew said. “I started playing goalie as a sophomore in high school. I just broke the record of the kids who have been playing goalie for their whole lives, or at least pretty long.”
Over the first 60 minutes of the match, it appeared Drew's shutout might come in the form of a scoreless tie.
Trevor Mays blasted a shot off the crossbar for Milton in the 11th minute, but that was by far the closest scoring chance by either team in the first half.
Edgewood nearly grabbed the lead off a throw-in in the 58th minute, but the Red Hawks' defense held up.
Then, in the 65th minute, Milton's Eric Berthiaume was able to muscle through traffic to catch up with a pass up the middle of the field. The senior drove straight in and unloaded a strike straight down the middle, but high into the top of the net.
“He's been one of our subs, maybe a little bit lower on our subs list,” Milton coach Ryan Wagner said. “I think he just had to prove himself that, 'Hey coach, I'm still here. Look at me, I can score goals, too.'
“It's awesome for him. It was a great hit.”
Playing with the lead, the Red Hawks had to hold on over the final 10 minutes, but Drew's clutch snare preserved the victory.
“It was an ugly win,” Wagner said. “It was just an up-and-down game, back and forth. … That's not usually how we play.”
The Red Hawks are hoping to get back to the consistent style of play that led them to a No. 5 state ranking in Division 2 earlier this month.
Tuesday's victory pushed them to 2-2 in the Badger South Conference and 9-3-3 overall.
“It's coming back around after that one bad week we had,” Drew said. “Hopefully we can keep it going. Our goal, from the beginning of the year, was to go to state. That's a very reachable goal for us if we play like we know how.”
MILTON 1, MADISON EDGEWOOD 0
Edgewood 0 0—0
Milton 0 1—1
Mil—Eric Berthiaume, 65.
Saves—Edgewood, 5; Nick Drew (Mil), 6. Shots—Edgewood 10, Milton 14. Corner kicks—Edgewood 2, Milton 1. Fouls—Edgewood 9, Milton 5. Offsides—Edgewood 1.