CG-Belgium soccer keeps winning

A possible rematch with rival Oostburg in the sectional final looms if both teams advance

MADISON BOHACEK TRIED to control the ball under pressure against Valders in Cedar Grove-Belgium’s playoff opener last Thursday at home. The Rockets won, 11-0, and then beat Howards Grove to advance to sectional play starting Thursday against Kohler at home. Another match-up with rival Oostburg is possible in the sectional final on Saturday at New Holstein. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The playoff road isn’t getting any easier for the Cedar Grove-Belgium High School girls’ soccer team, and a rematch against a conference rival may have sent a wake-up call last Saturday.

Nine days after beating Big East foe Howards Grove, 5-0, the No. 1-seeded Rockets got all they could handle from the No. 8-seeded Tigers in a 2-0 victory for a Division 4 regional title.

“What a difference a week makes. Howards Grove played with intensity that we had not seen a week prior. They pushed us to our limits, making us work for everything,” coach Elias Garza said. “It says a lot about the character of the Howards Grove program and their coaching staff, which they should be proud of.”

Madison Bohacek scored on an assist from Shelby Cooney in the first half, and Cooney assisted Amy TenHaken late in the game.

The Rockets had plenty of other opportunities.

“We didn’t do ourselves any favors squandering golden opportunities that were created from the opening tap, but that’s the beauty of this game. You leave the door ajar for your opponent, they will hang around and put one in under some difficulty,” Garza said. “We can talk about shoulda/coulda all day, especially when you only finish two out of 50 shots as opposed to 9 out of 30-plus over a week ago.”

But Garza found the positive element.

“We fought, created opportunities and secured the result to advance to the next round. That’s a good day. I’m encouraged by the performance and look to improve on it as we move forward,” he said.

The Rockets last Thursday dominated No. 16-seeded Valders in the playoff opener, 11-0.

Abby Kraus, who already broke the school’s single-season record for goals, added four more, bringing her total to 38. The old record was 32 by Brooke Keller.

Kelsy Lukens scored twice, and Cooney, Haven Minick, Ellie Felsinger, Emilie Beaudry and Jessica Sutryk each scored one.

Minick had two assists, and Alyssa Mentink, Lukens, Kristin Oszuscik, Bailey Cooney and Felsinger each had one.

“It was a productive evening in terms of possession. We got playing time for all that suited up, plus sprinkled in some efficient finishing which made for a fun night,” Garza said.

After the game, the team’s seven senior players were honored, including Sarah Burmesch, Keeley Simonet, Felsinger, Bailey Cooney, Mentink, Maycie Navis and Minick, as well as team manager Brenden Kruschke.

The Rockets, 17-1, host another Big East foe, Kohler, at 7 p.m. Thursday. The teams didn’t face off in the final game of the regular season due to weather and because the league title was decided.

If the Rockets and rival Oostburg both win on Thursday, they face off on Saturday in New Holstein for a trip to state.

Ozaukee earned an 11 seed in the Division 4 playoffs and upset No. 6-seeded Columbus on the road, 3-1 last Thursday.

The Warriors ended their season with a 3-1 loss at Lake Mills on Saturday.

Ozaukee finished 5-11-4 overall and ninth of 10 teams in the Big East Conference at 3-5-3.

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