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Cougars    It was a record-breaking week for the Central Cougars soccer program as they claimed a regional title for the fifth time in school history and also claimed a historic win.
    The Cougars claimed the Class 1A Central Regional title with a 3-1 win over conference foe Wesclin on a rainy Friday afternoon in Breese.
    The Cougars also took down Metro-East Lutheran in the semifinal, which was also the school’s 200th career win in boys soccer.
    Along the way, CHS junior Cody Dickshot tied the single-season scoring record with his 21st goal in the second half of the Cougars’ title win over Wesclin.  He is tied with Cougars alumni Brandon Holtmann who had 21 goals in 2004.
    The Cougars (12-6) will play top-seeded Althoff in the Freeburg Sectional semifinal on Tuesday.

    Central 3, Wesclin 1:  The Cougars used a late rally over the final 21 minutes to steal a regional title from the Warriors on Friday in Breese.
    It was not the beginning script that CHS head coach Mike Castillo wrote, but the ending sure made up for the slow start.
    “I’m really proud of this group,” said Castillo.  “They have worked hard to get here and all that work paid off today.”
    The Cougars had just one shot on goal in the first half while the Warriors drew first blood just 10 minutes into the contest.
    Wesclin senior Carson Spaulding beat Central netminder Carter Hubler with 30:07 still left in the initial half.
    That was the score at the end of the half and also through the first 19 minutes of the second half.
    Central looked to their seniors for a rally that started when senior Dalton Boruff beat Wesclin keeper Brady Kuhl to tie the contest at 1-1 with 21:27 left in regulation.
    “It’s been since our freshman season since we have won one of these,” said Boruff.  “It’s just a great feeling, especially winning at home and going 9-0 here this season.
    Boruff struck again five minutes later when he tossed in a corner which was booted in by fellow senior Jovani Martinez with 16:34 left to play, as the Cougars took the lead for good at 2-1.
    “When they scored early, the entire mood changed,” added Boruff.  “At halftime we had a good talk and then when we scored, the momentum shifted into our favor.  We pressed up and played some strong soccer.”
    Central got an insurance tally when Mason Shubert assisted on Cody Dickshot’s 21st goal of the season with 5:03 left to play.
    ”We knew we had the wind in the second half and it really benefited our style of play,” added Castillo.  “We’ve dug into these kids pretty hard and they have responded by playing some great soccer and having fun playing the game.”
    The Cougars, in a steady downpour, held the Warriors without a chance to score over the final five minutes to secure the victory.
    Central 8, Metro-East Lutheran 0:  The Cougars scored five times in the first half to win their postseason opener in the Class 1A Central Regional semifinal on Tuesday with the Knights.
    Central got goals from six players in the route including two from seniors Dylan Wesselmann and Dalton Boruff.
    Wesselmann got the rout started with his first goal of the match coming just six minutes in.  Junior midfielder Cody Dickshot made it 2-0 with his 20th goal of the season.
    Junior Tanner Tolan got in on the scoring fun with a goal to move the CHS lead to 3-0 with 27 minutes left in the initial half.
    Boruff got his first goal of the match to move the lead to 4-0 before Cole Buschmann found the back of the net for the final goal of the first half with the Cougars leading 5-0.
    Central junior Cody Haire got his first goal of the season to move their lead to 6-0 with 14 minutes left in the contest.
    Wesselmann and Boruff each netted their second goals of the match as the Cougars cruised to the win.
    Boruff added a pair of assists to finish the match with six points.  Montgomery Hubler also had a pair of assists while Dickshot had the other assist.
    Carter Hubler earned the shutout in net for the Cougars.