KATIE BARES (14) tried to dribble past a Brookfield Academy defender during Ozaukee’s nonconference loss Friday. Looking on was the Warriors‘ Kait Beck. Photo by Sam ArendtA perennially tough foe gave the Ozaukee girls’ soccer team all it could handle last Friday.
Brookfield Academy, ranked fourth among Division 3 teams in the most recent coaches poll, scored early and slowly pulled away in a 3-0 win over the host Warriors.
The Blue Knights (7-1-1) jumped ahead with a goal in the fourth minute and took a 2-0 lead late in the first half. They capped the scoring with an insurance goal at 67 minutes.
Ozaukee had several scoring chances, including a shot by Abbey Beck that deflected off the crossbar. In addition, Katie Bares, Lizzie Janke and Ashley Orten narrowly missed close-range attempts.
Despite the loss, Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen was pleased with his team’s effort.
“I know we are capable of better results but have no reason to hang our heads,” he said. “This was our first time playing consecutive nights, and it slowed us.”
The loss dropped the Warriors to 3-1-1.
“We will analyze this game in practice and prepare for our next one,” Liebergen said.
Ozaukee 2, Random Lake 1
The Warriors scored in each half and rallied for a CLC road win April 14.
Orten connected on the winning shot with an assist from Bares in the 73rd minute.
Christiane Knight gave the Rams a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 13th minute, but Ozaukee pulled even with a score by Brooke Schueller.
Schueller found the net after a shot by Bares was deflected.
“I thought we did a nice job of building our attack,” Liebergen said. “We found combinations as the game wore on.
“Orten, Bares and Micaela Burns gave us more chances in the second half.”
The win improved the Warriors’ first-place record in conference play to 3-0-1.
Ozaukee 4, Sheboygan Christian 1
Balanced offense carried the Warriors to an easy conference win at home April 12.
Abbey Beck put Ozaukee ahead when she opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 11th minute.
The Warriors also got goals from Orten (50 minutes), Schueller (70) and Becca Minzlaff (78). Orten assisted on Schueller’s score.
Liebergen praised the defensive play of Burns, Kait Beck and Mari Scalone.
This week, Ozaukee was scheduled to host Kettle Moraine Lutheran in a 4:30 p.m. nonconference game Wednesday.
The Warriors’ game at Elkhart Lake scheduled for April 18 has been moved to May 27.