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October 18, 2013

Full speed ahead

Olsen, NW rock Western Boone in regional semifinal

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”We did what Coach said,” Olsen said. “We moved the ball well, we got it down the sides and sent it in the middle. We just wore them down and were able to get easier opportunities.”

Western Boone (10-7-1) wasn’t able to deal with the speed of foot, and resulting speed of play, that Northwestern attacked with.

WeBo coach Mike Schlemmer said what impressed him about the Tigers was “their speed. They never give up, they track back really well in the midfield really well. They track back really well defensively. We had a great season. Losing to a team of this caliber, there’s no disgrace in that.

”It certainly took us a few minutes to adjust to them. I don’t know that we’ve seen a faster team all year.”

Hitting WeBo with speed was the plan.

”That’s one of the things that my assistant coach, when he went and watched them, he thought we were going to be faster and that was going to be a place where we’d be able to control the game,” Jim Wagner said. “It kind of reminded me of our younger team [in previous seasons], we were the ones that were a little bit slow. [Thursday], we were playing at a little faster pace than [WeBo] wanted to go.”

In the second half, Olsen scored in the 46th minute off a nice Tiger play. Blaine Brutus put a diagonal ball into the box from the right wing, Lubben faked that he’d receive the ball then let it through for Olsen to race in on goal. After a WeBo goal, Olsen finished the scoring on a great piercing pass from Brutus straight up the gut.

Northwestern now gets a rematch with Guerin Catholic after dropping a regular-season game to the Golden Eagles 4-3. Guerin crushed Hamilton Heights 9-1 in Thursday’s opener.

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