Marinette’s Noah Brown traps the ball during Thursday’s home win over Denmark. <br><i>EagleHerald/Jody Korch</i>
Marinette’s Noah Brown traps the ball during Thursday’s home win over Denmark.
EagleHerald/Jody Korch
MARINETTE - The Marinette Marine soccer team learned a little about European soccer while posting an American football-like score Thursday afternoon.

Marinette crushed a completely overmatched Denmark team 10-0.

Marine coach Frank Pohlmann emphasized a German soccer term - "ballbesitz" - synonymous with "possession game" - when discussing the game plan.

"That's what our game plan was today," Pohlmann said.

Consider it done. Not only did the Marines maintain ball possession almost exclusively throughout, they strung together 35 uninterrupted passes in the second half.

There was no slow start like in the four previous games for the Marines.

Austin Mahlik took a pass from Denin Bieberitz, outran the defenders and scored just 68 seconds into the match. He scored on a carbon copy play just 34 seconds later.

"I think we came out more energized than normal," Marine defender Zach Walcher said.

The lead increased to 3-0 just 4:54 into the match when Luke Kraus made a centering pass to Joe Callow for a point-blank range shot.

Ten minutes later, Callow scored on a long, high shot, and Kraus earned another assist.

Midway through the first half, Walcher passed to Mahlik near midfield, and Mahlik beat the defense and the goalie with a shot from right to the left side of the goal.

Noah Brown assisted on Kraus' goal with 1:50 left in the first half.

Here's another applicable European term - "nil" - for the amount of goals the Marines allowed. Marine goalkeeper Zach DeLong, who stopped just two shots, may as well have done his homework to keep busy in goal while the Marines dominated possession.

The dominance continued after halftime. Freshman Casey Sabowski scored with 21:58 remaining.

When Sabowski was tripped in the goal box, Walcher was awarded a penalty kick. Not long after earning his first-ever assist, Walcher scored his first-ever high school goal.

Garrett Waloway assisted on Sabowski's second score with 17:58 remaining. Sabowski snuck a shot between the legs of a defender and the goalie.

Mahlik, who did sit out a sizeable portion of the first half, scored his fourth goal with 13:46 remaining to end the match due to the mercy rule.

"I think we just played better as a team," Walcher said. "Better communication."

Mahlik now leads the state with 18 goals.

Marinette improved to 4-1, but the schedule gets considerably more difficult. Marinette will play at the Fond du Lac Invite tonight and Saturday against Division 1 teams.