Port soccer shuts out first five opponents

Grafton faces playoff rival in tournament title game

MOLLY FYRHLUND (17) BATTLED with a Homestead defender (left) at home in a 1-0 victory on Monday night. Goalkeeper Kaytlin Kassens (right) helped record the shutout. Photos by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Port Washington High School girls’ soccer team stretched its shutout streak to five against a highly ranked North Shore Conference foe on Monday at home.

The Pirates beat Homestead, 1-0, behind a goal by Shelby Ortyn in the 31st minute.

Ortyn put in a rebound from close range on a shot by Tess Schueller, coach Eric Liebergen said.

“Those extra-effort plays I think can define who we want to be,” he said.

The defense and goalkeeper Kaytlin Kassens helped preserve the shutout again, “and I think we have a lot of team pride with that,” Liebergen said.

Last Friday, the Pirates beat non-conference opponent Kohler, 2-0, on the road.

In the 17th minute, Molly Fyrhlund scored on a left-footed shot that started with a Schueller attack on the goal.

In the 61st minute, Kelly Fischer scored from 12 yards out on a centering cross from Bethany McKinney.

“It’s early in the season, but I’m encouraged by the amount of players that have scored for us this year,” Liebergen said.

The defense was tough again.

“I’m really proud of our defense for limiting Kohler to threats outside of the penalty box area. We adapted to the type of attack that Kohler used and found ways to exploit them defensively,” Liebergen said.

The Pirates play in a tournament at Oostburg on Saturday that includes the top-ranked Division 4 hosts and No. 6-ranked Plymouth in Division 3. Port will be shorthanded, Liebergen said, due to the start of spring break.

Grafton takes second in tournament

Grafton advanced to the finals of the Laura Moynihan Tournament at Carroll College last weekend, but lost to their frequent-playoff opponent and powerhouse Catholic Memorial, 3-1, in the title game on Saturday.

Star Hailey Block scored the Hawks’ goal in the second half on an assist from Katie Stockhausen, one of a few players brought up from junior varsity to fill in for those attending prom.

“She had someone in her back pocket. You may slow her down a bit but will never totally hold her back,” coach Don Arnold said of Block.

Memorial scored two goals in the first half and one in the second. Three different players scored.

“I think the girls recognize we can play with them but we have to be better in all aspects of the game. We have to make sure that we don’t make mistakes and play the game the way we want to play it,” Arnold said.

In the tournament opener last Friday, the Hawks beat Sheboygan North, 4-1, behind a Block hat trick.

Block scored in the 32nd minute on an assist by Claire Kosidowski, and Kate Seewert scored a minute later on an assist by Isabella Rapp.

Block added another in the 42nd minute on an assist from Malaya Sperber and the Hawks had a 3-0 halftime lead.

Block scored on an assist from Cora Danielson in the 76th minute. Sheboygan North scored late.

“We pretty much dominated the play, created a bunch of good opportunities,” Arnold said. “Defensively, we were very solid in the back.”

The Hawks on April 2 rolled at NSC foe West Bend East, 10-0. They scored five goals in each half.

Sperber and Block each scored three. Marie Weinhold, Ava Pederson, Abbie Schad and Halena Gehrke each scored one.

Isabella Rapp had three assists, and Kosidowski, Sperber, Schad and Stockhausen each had one.

The 4-1 Hawks were to play at NSC foe West Bend West on Tuesday before spring break. They host Homestead in their first home game in two seasons on April 23.

 

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