Whitefish Bay comfortably shut out North Shore rival Cedarburg Thursday night, but they didn't let their large lead tamper down their aggression on the field.
With the 6-0 win in an important sectional semifinal game, the Blue Dukes (14-5-2) are just one win away from the state tournament, and Cedarburg ends its season with a record of 11-5-3.
Bay started scoring as soon as six minutes into the game, with a shot from Ian Haupt assisted by TJ Schmid. Just a couple minutes later, Jack Menard scored off an assist from Griffin Kerwin. Forward Paul Gwidt, a junior, scored the next two, with assists from Jack Menard and Joey Davey.
Despite their first-half lead, Bay played strong until the end of the match. Andy Krugler scored with an assist from TJ Schmid, and not long after, Jack Comiskey passed to Jack Middleton, who scored the final goal of the night.
Bay coach Andy Lee said he couldn't be happier with the team's aggressive performance, which he said has improved game by game over the course of the season.
"We really encouraged them to pressure high, win the ball high, get the goal quickly. It takes a lot of energy to go out, chase the ball and work as hard as they do," Lee said. "The energy from them was fantastic. You could tell they wanted to win and win comfortably."
The Blue Dukes are now focusing on a sectional finals game against Brookfield East at 7 p.m. Saturday at Brookfield Central High School. The winner of that game will advance to the state tournament.