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2022 Season Review: Hayward Wolfpack FC

Back Row (L to R): Interim Head Coach Cole Bergman, Malcolm Lumsden, Mark Fehringer, Abdul Abdulai, Donovan Kerry, Cole Gewerth, Nils Eckstrom, Finigan Huffington, Cameron Ross, Kaden Bergman, Coach TJ Stilwell Jr Front Row (L to R): Isaiah Heyworth, Ken Pryde, Marshall Kennell, Maison Oliver, Dru Senich, Riley Brennan, Sebastian Paczuski, Kenta Noma, Siji Gonzalez, Yabkal Demelash Absent: Jordan Finneran, King Strum, Nolan Melek, Nick Braun, Nik Nordquist

Hayward Wolfpack FC wrapped up their fifth season of play when the 2022 WI Challenge Cup was cancelled last weekend. The Wolfpack finished the season with a 14-3-0 record, earning a winning record for the second consecutive year. The squad finished 3rd place in the Wisconsin Primary Amateur Soccer League (WPASL), finishing leauge play with a 9-3-0 record, trailing Bateaux FC and Lobos FC by three points and one point respectively. The 2022 season saw the Wolfpack's roster bolstered by some great new additions, including multiple players from the College of St. Scholastica. The Wolfpack found their first ever win against a UPSL opponent in a friendly this spring and won the Connect Four Derby for the third consecutive year over league champions Bateaux FC.

Hayward's Malcolm Lumsden was named 2022 WPASL MVP, giving the Pack their second MVP in as many years after Kaden Bergman, who missed the season with an injury, won it in 2021. Lumsden also won the 2022 WPASL Golden Boot, awarded to the leaugue's leading scorer. Hayward's Cole Bergman, who took charge of the squad mid-season and did not lose a game as Head Coach this year, won the 2022 WPASL Coach of the Year award. The Wolfpack also had six players named to the 2022 WPASL All-League Teams, with Malcolm Lumsden (Forward), Finigan Huffington (Midfield) and Ken Pryde (Defense) named to the 1st Team, plus Jordan Finneran (Midfield), Yabkal Demelash (Midfield) and Kenta Noma (Defense) named to the 2nd Team.

The Wolfpack were led in scoring by Malcolm Lumsden, who tallied an amazing 41 goals and 6 assists on the season, breaking Kaden Bergman's previous record of 30 goals set in 2019. Secondary scorers were Finigan Huffington (9 goals, 17 assists), who broke the all-time assists record of 11 set by Ethan Wolfe in 2019, Siji Gonzalez (3 goals, 10 assists) and Jordan Finneran (3 goals, 7 assists). Dru Senich led goalkeepers with 38 saves, a .844 sv%, 0.95 gaa and 4 shutouts.

The Wolfpack will play an unofficial fall season with friendlies against local amateur and college squads, and plan to compete in the Duluth Amateur Soccer League's indoor season this winter.

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