The Muskego boys soccer team continued its upward trend with two wins and a tie last week.
The Warriors are 5-1-1 in their past six games after opening the season winless in their first 11 matches.
"It's great to see these results coming at the tail end of our regular season as we begin to prepare for postseason play," Muskego first-year coach Aleks Vidakovich said. "I thought our defense played well and adjusted to the different styles of play we saw this week."
Muskego began the week with a 2-1 win over Waukesha North on Oct. 4. The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the 66th minute, but the Northstars scored two minutes later to tie the match. With just over a minute to play, Dejo Rokvic scored off an assist from Sam Runyan to give Muskego the victory.
"Waukesha North was a good team and were competitive for 90 minutes of play, and we were able to get on top in the final minute," Vidakovich said. "Our team has a lot of senior leadership, and being in close games all year has really prepared them for that final push to get results."
A pair of second-half goals helped Muskego hand Oconomowoc its first loss of the season on Oct. 5.
Runyan found the back of the net in the 66th minute, while Rade Novakovich tallied a goal in the 70th minute. Oconomowoc got on the board in the 78th minute on a goal by Cole Doyle, but the Warriors were able to hold on.
"I thought we started a little slow, but we were able to adjust and play a very smart and simple game," Vidakovich said. "Oconomowoc deserves all the recognition it has received this year, and they did have opportunities throughout the game, and so did we. We were able to capitalize on our chances, and that proved to be the difference."
Muskego closed last week by playing to a 0-0 draw with Eklhorn on Oct. 7.
The Warriors entered this week at 5-4-8 overall and in fifth place in the Classic 8 at 2-2-2. Muskego was scheduled to play its final conference game on Oct. 11 against Waukesha West before closing the regular season against Madison East on Oct. 13.
"We are a very versatile team and have a very good blend of skill, athleticism and speed," Vidakovich said. "We have had several players step up and score. This season, we have had 10 different players score, and anyone on our team can step up and do that."