Written by Steve Ostermann
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 16:01
FORWARD HANNAH EICHLER battled monsoon-like weather as she outraced a Slinger defender in Graftonâ€™s 2-0 nonconference win Friday.
Photo by Sam Arendt
Nasty downpour, stubborn Slinger fail to dampen home spirits in Grafton soccer win
Scoring a shutout win against a stubborn opponent is never easy, especially when the weather isnâ€™t cooperating.
Tackling both challenges head on, the Grafton girlsâ€™ soccer team opened home play by outlasting Slinger for a 2-0 nonconference win last Friday.
â€śThere were very sketchy conditions with all the wind and rain, but it was good to overcome all that,â€ť Grafton coach Don Arnold said.
â€śI was a little surprised we were able to get the game in.â€ť
Hannah Eichler provided the only goal the Black Hawks needed midway through the first half. The junior forward scored on a header off a corner kick by Emma Fatla in the 20th minute.
Grafton protected its 1-0 edge until the 71st minute when freshman Zoie Bauer set up a scoring shot by Fatla.
â€śIt was impressive to get those goals with the conditions we were playing in,â€ť Arnold said. â€śItâ€™s was nice to see because youâ€™re not going to be able to play in great conditions most of the time with spring soccer in Wisconsin.â€ť
The Hawks outshot the Owls, 16-9.
The win improved Graftonâ€™s overall record to 5-1-1. Slinger fell to 3-4-1.
Grafton 0, Homestead 0 (2 OT)
Two of the North Shore Conference title favorites battled to a scoreless deadlock at Homestead on April 12.
Neither team was able to find the net through 80 minutes of regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtimes.
â€śIt was quite a battle, a great game for people to watch,â€ť Arnold said.
â€śThe girls were disappointed to not win, but they showed they can play with anyone.â€ť
Each team got off 16 shots but failed to convert on its best scoring opportunities.
Graftonâ€™s best chance, Arnold said, came near the end of regulation when Maddie Huibregtse broke free and sent a ball into the box. However, a teammate was unable to get to the ball in time for an uncontested shot.
Keeper Alissa Viste made several key stops for the Hawks, Arnold said.
Homestead entered the game as the top-ranked Division 1 team in the state coachesâ€™ poll, and Grafton was an honorable-mention pick. The tie dropped Homestead (2-0-1) to second in the poll, and lifted Grafton to 10th.
This week, the Hawks were scheduled to play a 6:30 p.m. road game against Wauwatosa West on Wednesday. Their next game will be a 7 p.m. home match April 26 against West Bend West.