In an emotional and very chippy contest, Southview topped Napoleon 2-0 in the Wildcats’ season finale Tuesday at Buckenmeyer Stadium.
The Cougars scored a goal in each half and held Napoleon to just four shots on goal to secure the Northern Lakes League victory.
Isiah Moores scored on a penalty kick with 6:21 left in the first half and Noah Moores scored less than two minutes into the second half.
“You can see the emotion going on these guys cared about today’s game,” said Napoleon boys soccer coach Chris DelFavero. “It’s not just the seniors that are upset, but the underclassmen, too. I thought they played a pretty good game, too.
“The PK in the first half was a mistake on our part,” DelFavero continued. “We gave them that goal. Then they got an early goal in the second half when we failed to clear the ball.”
The game got chippy after that.
With 25 minutes remaining, Napoleon’s Jesus Cruz was issued a red card, and was ejected from the game, for a shoving foul. DelFavero was then given his first-ever yellow card for arguing the red card.
“I don’t think I have ever been that distracted at any point in my career,” said DelFavero. “I am very disappointed for our player and our team.”
Those penalties were just the beginning, as officials issued three more yellow cards over the next seven minutes. Southview’s Collin Huss and Isiah Moores were given yellow cards, as was Napoleon goalie Ben Schumm.
“I think the refs were trying to make sure they kept some sort of control of the game,” said DelFavero. “I don’t have a problem with the yellow cards. Sometimes it is not just for that player, but to make sure things stay in control. Red cards should be for extra bad things.”
With Schumm on the bench, senior Kody Boehm came into the game and made four saves during his 17 minutes in goal. His best save was his last, covering up a shot from seven yards out with 9:16 remaining.
“He played really well,” said DelFavero. “Kody has been training all year because you never know when you will be needed. Kody stayed prepared and had a really good day of practice yesterday. I was confident he could do well and he did.”
Napoleon ends the regular season 7-6-3 overall and 2-5 in the NLL. The Wildcats host Sandusky Monday at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the Division II sectional tournament.