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With one of the state's best defenses, New Berlin Eisenhower's boys soccer team had a season to remember.

The Lions finished 17-2-3 overall and in second place in the Woodland Conference with an 8-1-2 mark. Eisenhower allowed just three goals in its 11 conference matches and 10 goals overall.

"I wouldn't hesitate to say that this was amongst the leaders statewide," Eisenhower coach Gary Troy said. "Being recognized by a lot of people, we became a target that others wanted to beat. Teams adjusted their game strategies when they played us."

Both of Eisenhower's losses came at the hand of Pewaukee, as the Lions fell 1-0 to the Pirates in the regular season and 2-1 in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal.

The Lions had a streak of 18 halves without allowing a goal and posted clean sheets in 13 of their 22 games. In the final state coaches poll, Eisenhower was ranked No. 9 overall and No. 3 in Division 2.

Senior defender Jacob Olp was named as the Woodland Conference Player of the Year, as he received 48 of the 50 possible points in all-conference voting for defenders, meaning eight of the 10 conference coaches considered him the best defender in the league.

"It was only fitting that he was then selected as the conference Player of the Year," Troy said. "This is amazing as that award usually goes to a forward or midfielder who scores a lot of goals. I think that this is a reflection of how strong our team was defensively."

Earning first-team All-Woodland Conference were Olp, senior defender Matthew Rolefson and senior midfielder Luke Eldien.

Senior forward Luke Duffin and senior midfielder Brandon Dombrowski were named second-team All-Woodland, while junior forward Dominic Quirk, sophomore midfielder JR Stehofsky, sophomore defender Hunter Hildebrand and senior goalkeeper Luc Powell were named honorable mention.

Rolefson also was named as a Woodland Conference scholar-athlete.

The Lions handed out four awards voted on by the players. Senior Sam Peterson was named most improved, senior Jack Balles was honored as rookie of the year, Olp was picked as the defender of the year and Rolefson was the team's player of the year.

Rolefson was the Champions League winner for scoring the most points in the team's competitions throughout the year. Junior Andrew Hintzman earned the TEAM award for having the greatest understanding of what it means to be a member of the team.

Eisenhower will graduate seniors Trent Tellefson, Balles, Dombrowski, Matthew Reichl, Joel Luna, Joey Audi, Olp, Rolefson, Duffin, Kyle Miller, Peterson, Jake Prodoehl, Eldien and Powell.

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