Jacob Olp doesn't score often, but he sure does make his goals meaningful.
The senior scored on a free kick from just inside midfield to lift New Berlin Eisenhower's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Waukesha North on Oct. 22 in a WIAA Division 2 regional final.
Third-seeded Eisenhower, now 17-1-3 overall, will play at second-seeded Pewaukee in a sectional semifinal at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The Pirates handed the Lions their only loss of the season with a 1-0 victory on Oct. 5.
"Waukesha North is a very big team and they are used to a very physical style of soccer," Eisenhower coach Gary Troy said. "It was a tough match, as we are not used to such physical play."
Eisenhower struck first against Waukesha North when Matthew Rolefson came up from his central defender position to head in a free kick Dominic Quirk served into the box in the seventh minute.
The Northstars equalized in the 28th minute when Joey Puma kicked in a loose ball in the box after a corner kick.
After an Eisenhower player was fouled just inside of midfield in the 60th minute, Olp tried to serve the ball to the far post, but the wind caught the ball and carried into the goal to put the Lions up 2-1.
It was only Olp's second goal of the season, with his other score providing the difference in Eisenhower's 1-0 victory over rival New Berlin West on Oct. 12.
The Lions were able to use their stout defense to hold off the Northstars over the final 30 minutes to hold on for a regional title.
"We knew their play was direct style but how well they used their size took some adjusting by us," Troy said. "As the game wore on, our possession was frustrating them as we played our style and tempo.
"It was a satisfying win against a style of play that is opposite ours. Our "Ike soccer" style is proving difficult for our opponents with a talented defense being the rock on which our team builds."
Eisenhower opened the playoffs with a 10-0 win over 14th-seeded Milwaukee Bay View on Oct. 20.
Quick scored four goals to lead the Lions. Jordan Stehofsky, Nick DeFrance, Rolefson, Joel Luna, Trent Tellefson and Joey Audi also found the back of the net.
Matthew Reichl and Luke Duffin had two assists apiece, while Quirk and Stehofsky each had one.