Blast through the Big East continues

Cedar Grove-Belgium dominating opponents; Ozaukee picks up its third win of the season
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A ranked opponent and a rival were no match for the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School girls’ soccer team last week.

The Rockets shut out Ozaukee, 3-0, on the road May 7 and cruised by Random Lake last Thursday at home, 6-1.

Against the Rams, Abby Kraus scored three goals and Shelby Cooney had two. Freshman Jessica Sutryk had one.

Cooney had two assists, and Madison Bohacek, Kraus, Alyssa Mentink and Ellie Felsinger each had one.

“Felsinger’s assist was a scandalous, bending diagonal ball that was quite frankly one of the best assists this team has ever witnessed. Truly a thing of beauty,” coach Elias Garza said.

The Rams were ranked No. 9 in Division 4. The No. 2-ranked Rockets took it to them.

“The Lady Rockets responded to this challenge with a convincing performance. Many stepped up tonight. It was a total team effort,” Garza said.

“We had a game plan and the team executed it admirably. The depth of this team certainly came to the forefront this evening. That’s something which has been leaned on throughout the season.”

At Ozaukee, Kraus scored two goals and Sutryk had one. The Rockets had a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Kelsey Lukens, Haven Lanser and Cheyenne Simonet each had an assist.

“It was a good night defending, possessing and creating scoring opportunities but I would have liked to have finished more than three out of our 34 shots,” Garza said.

“It was a good win nonetheless, and I’m  proud of the team on their willingness to challenge on 50/50 balls as well as their willingness to fight to win the ball back after a dispossession in every third. That has been a emphasis throughout the season and is comforting to see it applied.”

For the Warriors, goalkeeper Emily Janowski made 17 saves.

The Rockets, 8-0 and just ahead of rival Oostburg (8-1) for first place in the Big East Conference, were scheduled to play at St. Mary Central (6-3) on Tuesday, host non-conference foe Sheboygan Falls at 6 p.m. Thursday, Valders at 4:30 p.m. Friday and  play at Roncalli on Tuesday, May 21.

Ozaukee last Saturday went 1-2 in a tournament at Kiel.

Their victory came in the second of three games, 6-1 over Martin Luther. The game was played on a short field since a larger field had standing water.

Abby Miller scored two goals, and Isabelle Clark had one in building a 3-0 lead. Just before halftime, Mikayla Penkwitz scored to make it 4-1.

In the second half, Abby Paulus scored on a 25-yard free kick and Lydia Rassel floated a ball over the keeper in the middle of the field to end the game.

“I encouraged the girls to attack right away and use the short field to their advantage by taking long shots, and it worked,” assistant coach Joe Lopera said.

The Warriors opened with a 4-0 loss to New Holstein and closed with a 4-0 loss to Kewaskum, a rematch of their season opening loss on turf.

Against the Huskies, Clark had a shot sail just over the goal, and Sonnet Bayer booted a ball past the keeper that hit a post.

Against the Indians, this time on grass, the Warriors stayed close and were down 1-0 at halftime. Fatigue later set in.

Ozaukee finished fifth in the tournament. New Holstein beat Kiel, 1-0, for the title.

The Warriors, 2-4-3 in the Big East and 3-8-4 overall, were scheduled to play at Howards Grove on Monday and Random Lake on Tuesday. They host St. Mary Central on Thursday, Kiel on Friday and play at

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah on Tuesday, May 21.

 

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