Because the protests and curfew continued in Wauwatosa, Tosa West’s soccer group discovered a technique to play and win on Homecoming

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As the protests and curfew continued in Wauwatosa, Tosa West's football team found a way to play and win on Homecoming


Mark Stewart
 
| Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Video: Wauwatosa West coach Andy Kolstad addresses group following win over Pewaukee

Wauwatosa West coach Andy Kolstad talks to his group following a 28-20 win over Pewaukee on Oct. 9, 2020.

PEWAUKEE – The soccer gamers from Wauwatosa West didn’t simply win a recreation Friday. They proved a degree:

Circumstances won’t get of their approach.

The Trojans defeated Pewaukee, 28-20, on the highway to enhance to 2-1. They have been removed from sharp, turning the ball over a number of instances earlier than a 90-yard landing run within the fourth quarter by senior Simon Doyle helped seal the win and their greatest begin to a season in 4 years.

That tough-earned win capped a tricky week for the Trojans.

On Wednesday the Milwaukee County District Legal professional’s Workplace introduced no fees can be filed towards Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah within the capturing loss of life of Alvin Cole, a 17-year-old who was killed by the officer within the car parking zone of Mayfair Mall in February. The mall is just some blocks away from Tosa West.

The district lawyer’s determination sparked protests within the suburb and triggered Wauwatosa to institute a 7 p.m. curfew till Monday. No giant gatherings are allowed. That included Tosa West’s Homecoming recreation that was scheduled for Friday night time.

Within the prism of sports activities, the curfew was one other hit. Lots of the Trojans gamers had their spring season cancelled and soccer season shortened as a consequence of COVID-19. The virus looms over this season like a cloud due to the fixed menace of cancellations as a consequence of quarantines.

Within the scheme of life, the DA’s determination was additionally a blow.

“They’re serious about lots of stuff between the racism stuff and the cops stuff and the coronavirus, it impacts our household.” Tosa West coach Andy Kolstad stated. “Due to our demographic and the way diversified we’re, it impacts our households in so many alternative ways in which we don’t perceive. I am happy with the neighborhood.”

Taking part in the sport not solely required an help from Pewaukee, which agreed to host the competition, but additionally assist from Brookfield East and Brookfield Central.

Central allowed Tosa West to make use of its discipline for Wednesday apply, although that apply ended up being canceled because of the curfew. Thursday the Trojans had a modified apply at Brookfield East. Friday the group bused to and from the sport from Brookfield East to keep away from any issues with the Wauwatosa curfew.

“It was a multitude. I in all probability despatched three or 4 e-mails a day updating the schedule and our places and our instances,” Kolstad stated. “I’m simply happy with our households for getting it achieved.”

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Tosa West didn’t appear to affected by the modifications early within the recreation. It led, 14-0, 6½ minutes into the sport due to a a 53-yard landing by junior Waquon Kelly adopted by a two-point conversion by senior Logan Ertl and a 3-yard landing run by junior quarterback Avery Dixon.

Pewaukee responded with 14 unanswered factors to tie the sport on the half however by no means led.

Kelly’s 25-yard landing run and two-point conversion halfway via the third quarter gave Tosa West a 22-14 lead. Pewaukee got here again with 58-yard landing by Nick McFadden, however the Pirates missed the additional level.

That set the stage for Doyle, who rushed for a team-high 125 yards in 14 carries. His rating gave the group its margin of victory, however it was the Trojans protection that sealed the win by stalling Pewaukee’s last drive on the Trojans 16 with lower than 2 minutes left.

Tosa West received the sport finally.

“Previously we’d have misplaced this recreation each single 12 months,”  Kolstad stated. “This group is hard. They’re resilient and I’m happy with them.”

Contact Mark Stewart at Mark.Stewart@jrn.com. Comply with him on Twitter at @MarkStewartMJS.

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