Scoring surges carry Pirates to KML title

Goals come in bunches as Port girls’ soccer team rolls to top honors at tournament

PORT WASHINGTON’S Megan Barian kept her eye on the ball as she dribbled past a Slinger player in a North Shore Conference game May 10. Port won, 1-0. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A formidable offense drove the Port Washington girls’ soccer team to its second tournament title of the season last Saturday.

The Pirates won the Kettle Moraine Lutheran Tournament by beating the host team, 6-2, and then blanking West Bend West, 3-0, in the final.

Against West, Madison Zwicker scored two goals, and Barian added one.

Zwicker got Port on the board in the 11th minute with an unassisted shot.

In the second half, Barian scored in the 43rd minute and Zwicker in the 48th minute with an assist from Kelly Fischer.

Against Lutheran, Port took a 3-0 lead in the first half and equaled the offensive performance in the second.

Barian and Tess Schueller each scored two goals and had one assist. Lyndie Krueger and Lizzy Karrels each scored once.

Ella Schmitt and Zwicker each had one assist.

In addition to the KML tournament, the Pirates won their own quadrangular in April.

In two games last week, Port split 1-0 contests against new North Shore Conference rivals.

On May 10, the Pirates beat Slinger at home thanks to a second-half goal by Schueller, who was assisted by Maddie Wehner.

“Maddie played a really nice ball into the box, and Tess found a way to get herself on the ball,” Port coach Eric Liebergen said.

“The Pirates served a barrage of shots and corner kicks in this one. Our build-up and style of play was much more purposeful in this match.”

On May 8, Port lost at Hartford, 1-0, on a late goal.

Port’s best scoring chance came on a free kick by Wehner that struck the crossbar.

“It was a well-fought game. It’s a game we wish we could have back,” Liebergen said.

 “We weren’t particularly healthy in that game, and we didn’t click as a team particularly well.”

This week, Port (3-2-1 in the North Shore Conference and 6-2-4 overall) was scheduled to play at West Bend East on Tuesday, at West Bend West on Thursday and at Waukesha South on Saturday.

On Monday, May 21, the Pirates will host Grafton at 7 p.m.

Hawks explores different winning fashions

The Grafton girls’ soccer team is grateful that North Shore Conference foe Cedarburg has offered its turf field for home games this season while the Black Hawks are reseeding their field.

But that doesn’t mean the Hawks weren’t going to try to add to Cedarburg’s loss column, and that’s just what they did on May 10.

Grafton jumped to a two-goal lead before hanging on for a 2-1 victory.

Alyssa Jobe scored in the 14th minute, and Hailey Block scored in the 58th on an assist from Gretchen Geiser.

“Anytime you’re playing against Cedarburg, you know they’re going to be well prepared,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.

“Cedarburg never stopped fighting, and they came back at us.”

After the Bulldogs’ Selena Esten scored in the 86th minute, Cedarburg kept attacking the middle hard in working to tie the game, but the Hawks were up to the challenge.

“Our back defenders, Jaden Autey leading that charge, definitely buckled down and absorbed the pressure from Cedarburg,” Arnold said.

Corbin Woessner made four saves for the Hawks.

Despite the rivalry, Arnold said he is thankful for the use of the Bulldogs’ field.

“With coach Robert Williams and myself, we definitely respect each other and are willing to help each other out. If circumstances were on the other hand, we’d definitely open up our doors,” Arnold said.

On May 8, Malaya Sperber took any drama out of play early as Grafton handed host Nicolet an 8-0 drubbing.

Just as the crowd was settling in, Sperber scored in the seventh minute with an assist from Block and then added unassisted goals in the eighth and 13th minutes.

“She was on fire. She was dangerous, able to get around her defender each time and slotted balls into the high netting,” Arnold said of Sperber.

“Once she gets by you, she’s fearless. She isn’t worried about going in on tackles.”

Block scored in the 20th minute on an assist from Claire Kosidowski, and Jobe scored in the 29th minute.

Kosidowski added a goal from Lauren Stockhausen in the 48th minute, and Block scored from Kosidowski three minutes later. Stockhausen added a goal in the 58th minute.

“You get those early goals, it really takes the life out of teams. It makes everything more comfortable,” Arnold said.

“And you’ve got a little more energy. It definitely gives you a boost.”

This week, Grafton (5-1 and in third place in the NSC) was scheduled to play at second-place Hartford (4-1-1) on Tuesday. On Monday, May 21, the Hawks will play at Port.

 

 

 

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