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Cheese fall to Vikings in Badger Challenge
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MOUNT HOREB - Facing Mount Horeb in the Badger Challenge soccer game Thursday looked very similar to what's in store for the Monroe Cheesemakers in the regionals, which begin next week. The Cheesemakers fell to the Mount Horeb Vikings, 2-1 to close out the regular season.

Monroe is seeded third and will host sixth-seeded Cambridge-Deerfield at home at 3 p.m. Tuesday to open the regionals. Mount Horeb is the No. 1 seed in the Cheesemakers' regional.

In Thursday's game, Monroe and Mount Horeb failed to score in the first half.

The Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the second half with a goal at 61 minutes, two seconds and increased the lead to 2-0 on a penalty kick at 68:41.

Monroe cut the deficit to 2-1 when senior Michael Gross fired a shot from the right side and drilled it inside the far corner of the top post at 74 minutes, 36 seconds.

The Cheesemakers furiously tried to get a tying goal, but couldn't come up with a threat.

"Our passing was pretty good, but it seemed when we needed the final touch, we were having trouble finishing it," said Monroe head coach Tony Stamm.

Senior goalkeeper Jordan Steurer had seven saves for the Cheesemakers.

The loss drops the Cheesemakers' record to 13-6 heading into next week's regionals.