Skilled, experienced upperclassmen were the staple of the Lodi boys soccer team this fall.
That didn’t go unnoticed by the remainder of the Capitol Conference as the Blue Devils notched seven all-Conference honorees. Lodi, which finished the year at 11-7-1 overall and tied for third in the league at 6-3, had a pair of first-time first-team selections and two two-time honorees among its selections.
Leading the way for the Blue Devils, whose season ended to Hartland Lake Country Lutheran, 4-1, in a WIAA Division 4 regional final, was the junior duo of Carson Richter and AJ Karls.
Richter took a major step forward in his second season as starting goalkeeper for the Blue Devils, allowing just 35 goals on 227 shots faced over the course of 19 games, good for a .846 save percentage. He finished the season with a 1.93 goals against average and kept seven clean sheets.
While Richter was parrying away opposing shots, Karls was instrumental in a Blue Devils attack that averaged 2.79 goals per game. Karls notched a team-high 13 goals on the season and when he wasn’t finding the back of the net, dished out four assists.
Behind the Blue Devils’ top duo, midfielder Matthew Brisky garnered second-team honors. The senior captain helped to control possession for Lodi and was second on the team with five assists to go along with four goals.
Lodi had four players receive honorable mention, including back-to-back all-league picks in seniors Nathaniel Karls and Ben Zieser.
Together with his younger brother, Nathaniel Karls helped carry the Blue Devils offense with a second-best nine goals. The forward, who also received honorable mention last year, added three assists.
Helping hold down the fort was Zieser. The captain was one of Lodi’s top defenders en route to garnering honorable mention for the second straight season.
Rounding out the Lodi honorees were juniors Zach Veling and Brady Ziegler. Veling helped pose a stiff backline alongside Zieser, while Ziegler was an integral part in the Lodi midfield. Ziegler was also able to finish in front of the net, adding three goals and two assists.
Co-Players of the Year — Charlie Douma, M, Sr., Belleville/New Glarus, and John Wilke, F, Jr., Lake Mills.
Forwards — John Wilke, Jr., Lake Mills; Will Van Dinter, Jr., Wisconsin Dells; Gavin Childs, Jr., Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld; Breckin Faber, Jr., Belleville/New Glarus.
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Midfielders — Charlie Douma, Sr., Belleville/New Glarus; AJ Karls, Jr., Lodi; Caeben Schomber, Jr., Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld; Ryan Downing, Soph., Belleville/New Glarus; Adam Brands, Sr., Watertown Luther Prep; Zach Huffman, Soph., Cambridge/Deerfield.
Defenders — Tyler Stampfl, Jr., Belleville/New Glarus; Brodie Trolloop, Jr., Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld; Ben Incha, Sr., Cambridge/Deerfield; Camden Schultz, Sr., Lake Mills.
Goalkeeper — Carson Richter, Jr., Lodi.
Forwards — Sal Ganco, Sr., Columbus; Carter Siegenthaler, Soph., Belleville/New Glarus; Brandon Her, Jr., Cambridge/Deerfield.
Midfielders — Matthew Brisky, Sr., Lodi; Jailen Ortega, Soph., Lake Mills; Rhead Jacobus, Sr., Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld; Owen Ernest, Sr., Watertown Luther Prep.
Defenders — Zair Palacios, Jr., Watertown Luther Prep; Owen Odegard, Sr., Belleville/New Glarus; Brayden Cymbalak, Sr., Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld.
Goalkeeper — Julian Lutz, Sr., Belleville/New Glarus.
Forwards — Nathaniel Karls, Sr., Lodi; Drew Stoddard, Jr., Lake Mills; Sam King, Fr., Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld; Isaias Santos, Sr., Watertown/Luther Prep; Seth Hayden, Sr., Juneau Dodgeland/Hustisford.
Midfielders — Brady Ziegler, Jr., Lodi; Nick Sabey, Jr., Wisconsin Dells; Kyle Main, Soph., Lakeside Lutheran; Tyler Lueschow, Sr., Belleville/New Glarus; Ben Lukszys, Soph., Belleville/New Glarus; Brayden Ciesiolka, Soph., Lake Mills; Ayden Moynihan, Sr., Cambridge/Deerfield; Noah Ziperski, Sr., Belleville/New Glarus.
Defenders — Ben Zieser, Sr., Lodi; Zach Veling, Jr., Lodi; Jake Hale, Sr., Wisconsin Dells; Carter Roekle, Jr., Lakeside Lutheran; Hayden Ott, Sr., Columbus; Anton Bednarski, Jr., Juneau Dodgeland/Hustisford; Jed Mittelstadt, Jr., Watertown Luther Prep; Lucas Hart, Soph., Lake Mills.
Goalkeepers — Ben Fish, Sr., Wisconsin Dells; Trevor Dimpfl, Jr., Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld; Carson Galla, Sr., Cambridge/Deerfield; Caleb Heckendorf, Sr., Watertown Luther Prep; Connor Dean, Sr., Lake Mills.