Shutouts keep Rockets unbeaten

By blanking three more foes, CG-Belgium girls improve their record in Big East Conference soccer play to 6-0-1

CONGRATULATIONS WERE IN ORDER as Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Brittany Teunissen (left) and Jessica Rose celebrated a goal in their team’s win over Ozaukee last week. Photo by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer team was still undefeated after three dominant shutouts last week by a combined score of 17-0.

The Rockets blanked Random Lake, 6-0, on Thursday after beating Kiel, 8-0, the previous day and Ozaukee, 3-0, on May 8.

Against Random Lake, Brittany Teunissen and Jessica Rose each scored two goals, and Abby Kraus and Elaine Pree had one apiece.

Haven Minick, Rose and Haven Lanser each had two assists, and Pree had one.

“It was an always-improving Random Lake team that also offered plenty of resistance and had a few threatening opportunities that we were able to withstand,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Elias Garza said.

At Kiel, the Rockets dodged bad weather to squeeze in the game.

Rose scored three goals, Teunissen had two, and Amy TenHaken, Minick and Kraus added one each. TenHaken, Teunissen, Minick, Ellie Felsinger and Lanser each had an assist.

“With the exception of some early questionable defending by our team, we were in control throughout. The girls stayed connected and were slightly more efficient than on Tuesday,” Garza said.

“It is a nice luxury to have when you don’t have to rely on one offender to finish. We have a variety of players who can score.”

In the Rockets’ home game against Ozaukee, both teams honored Edoardo Campus, Ozaukee’s Italian exchange student, who is going through chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer last month.

Donations were collected, and all proceeds from concessions went to the Campus family to help pay medical costs.

“It’s amazing to see people rally around Edoardo during this difficult time,” Garza said.

On the field, the Rockets outshot the Warriors, 26-4, including unloading 18 shots in the first half.

Kirsten Ozscuzik gave the Rockets a 1-0 halftime lead.

Rose scored on a 30-yard shot and Lanser each scored in the second half. Lanser, Kelsey Lukens and Teunissen each had an assist.

“Ozaukee made us work — some good defending and goalkeeping contributed to that. We still have to be better when we get chances. Three out of 26 shots is not a good line,” Garza said.

“Cedar Grove-Belgium is well-rounded team and they demonstrated great ball control throughout the game,” Ozaukee assistant coach Joe Lopera said.

“Our defense played their hearts out in the first half. Cedar Grove-Belgium was also called for offsides 11 times, so kudos to our defense.”

Ozaukee goalie Emily Janowski battled illness to make 28 saves.

“We were very proud of her performance and playing her heart out for her teammates,” Lopera said.

Rockets goalie Brooke Braga made 14 saves in all three games combined.

“It was tough playing three games in a row versus anyone, and we are proud of the gals for acquiring the results. We created a lot of chances during that stretch, defended well and we are always improving,” Garza said.

“Regardless of how the first part of the season has gone, they continue to trust the process, take it one game at a time. No game is more important to these players than the next. It has been a pleasure being around these young ladies that have embraced the competitive culture.”

On May 10, Ozaukee lost to Howards Grove, 2-1.

After the Warriors trailed, 1-0, at halftime, Samantha Kroeger evened the score with an assist from Cayleigh Ebersold in the 50th minute. But the Tigers got the game-winner three minutes later.

Janowski made 10 saves.

This week, the Rockets (6-0-1 and in second place in the Big East Conference) were scheduled to host St. Mary Central (5-3) on Tuesday, play at Sheboygan Falls on Thursday and at Valders on Friday.

Ozaukee (3-4-1 in the Big East and 6-4-1 overall, was scheduled to host Random Lake (1-4-3) on Tuesday, play at St. Mary Central on Thursday and at Kiel on Friday.

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