Grafton in mix for North Shore title

But Black Hawks lose two players in victory over conference rival

GRAFTON’S HAILEY BLOCK has led the Black Hawks to an 8-1-2 record this season. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The top of the North Shore Conference girls’ soccer standings has a logjam, with Grafton High School right in the thick of it.

But the team’s star power got a little thinner last week in a 3-1 comeback win at Cedarburg.

Senior forward Malaya Sperber, a first team all-conference player who received all-state honorable mention honors last season, went down with a knee injury and will miss the rest of the season.

“Her tenacity and effort and passion for the game is definitely going to be missed,” coach Don Arnold said.

Junior midfielder Halena Gehrke also suffered a knee injury and may miss the rest of the year.

“It was a great night soccer-wise but it put a dark cloud over the game seeing two of our girls going down,” Arnold said.

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute before the Black Hawks got going.

Hailey Block, a first team all-state player and one of the finest in school history, evened the game in the 37th minute on an assist from Mackenzie Schultz.

Abbie Schad gave the Hawks the lead for good with a rocket shot from about 30 yards away in the 59th minute with assists from Block and Claire Kosidowski.

Block added a third goal in the 78th minute with an assist from Kosidowski.

“We just kept pushing, outshot them 16-8,” Arnold said.

Against Nicolet on May 7, the Hawks battled to a 0-0 tie, their first non-victory in a conference game this season.

The game was moved from the evening to the afternoon so Block could attend the Journal Sentinel High School Sports Awards. Block was named girls’ Soccer Athlete of the Year and got to meet guest speaker and Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps.

Arnold said he appreciated Nicolet agreeing to play earlier and called Block’s award “well-deserved.”

In the game, the Knights took the upper hand in the first half, playing strong defense. In the second half, “we created better opportunities,” but couldn’t score, Arnold said.

The Hawks are 4-0-1 in the NSC (8-1-2 overall). Nicolet is 5-0-1, Hartford 5-1 and defending champ Whitefish Bay 4-0.

Grafton was to host Hartford on Tuesday, play at Whitefish Bay on Saturday and host Port Washington at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

Port gets back to its winning ways

Port Washington beat Random Lake, 5-0, last Saturday to end a five-game losing streak.

Tess Schueller scored three goals and Hannah Noegel and Katie Tyree each had one. Schueller, Madison Zwicker and Bethany McKinney each had an assist.

“Our offense and whole team were able to make life uncomfortable for their defenders. As a result, we were able to win a lot of second balls and did a nice job of playing girls through,” coach Eric Liebergen said.

The Pirates lost last Thursday at Waukesha South, 4-0. They couldn’t recover from two goals on corner kicks in a five-minute span, Liebergen said.

On May 7, they lost, 1-0, to Hartford.

“There was some frustration in our back line, who felt strongly that the scoring player was offside. That’s soccer. We can only control how we play,” Liebergen said.

Port, 9-6-1 overall and 1-3 in the NSC, was scheduled to host West Bend East on Tuesday and West Bend West on Thursday. They play at Grafton on May 21.

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