Three wins in quad help CG-Belgium soccer team forget 0-8 start to season
After starting the season 0-8, the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer team has dramatically turned the corner.
CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Ashli DeSmidt was surrounded by a pair of foes during her team’s 2-0 win over Oakfield on Saturday.
Photo by Sam Arendt
The Rockets owned a four-game winning streak after sweeping three opponents in a home quadrangular last Saturday.
They defeated Oakfield, 2-0; Lomira, 3-0; and Living Word Lutheran, 3-1.
“With the exception of the first half in the Lomira game, I was pleased with the performance of the girls,” said Rockets coach Elias Garza, whose team improved to 5-8-1 overall.
“We tried some different things with personnel which we had been considering for some time and believe it benefited the team. We had four different players score for us, and defensively we saw some slight improvement.”
Against Lomira, the Rockets did all their scoring in the second half. Halie Schieffer and Ashley Turnquist each had one goal and an assist.
Brooke Koepsell scored once, and Alyssa Sauer had an assist.
Garza hopes his team will build on its newfound success when it faces Central Lakeshore Conference opponents this week.
“Now that we have begun to see teams in our conference the second time around, we shall see what improvements we’ve made,” he said.
“Great challenges await us, and we need to embrace them.”
This week, the Rockets were scheduled to play Howards Grove on Tuesday and at Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
On May 16, Cedar Grove-Belgium will host Oostburg at 6 p.m.
CG-Belgium 3, Elkhart Lake 0
Schieffer scored two goals, and Alex Buechler had another to lead the Rockets to a conference win at home May 5.
Briana Weyker and Koepsell each contributed an assist for the Rockets, who outshot the Resorters, 17-12.
Garza praised the play of Caitlin Hausner, Steph TeStroete, Turnquist and Koepsell.
CG-Belgium 3, Kewaskum 3 (2 OT)
The Rockets had to settle for a draw after 100 minutes of soccer in a nonconference road game May 3.
Schieffer, Weyker and Abby Vrubley all scored for Cedar Grove-Belgium, which got an assist from Kelsey Doucette.
The teams traded goals throughout the match, with the Rockets holding a 2-1 halftime lead. The Rockets took a 3-2 lead in the 52nd minute, but Kewaskum tied it for good two minutes later.
“We had 17 shots, so we need to convert a higher percentage and play more sound defense if we expect to be more competitive,” Garza said.