ASHLEY ORTEN shielded the ball from a Random Lake defender during Ozaukee’s 3-0 win Monday.
Photo by Sam ArendtA quick start propelled the Ozaukee girls’ soccer team to a shutout win at home Monday.
The Warriors scored twice in the opening minutes and raced past Random Lake, 3-0, to remain tied for first place in the Central Lakeshore Conference race.
The victory improved Ozaukee to 8-0-2, the same record as Oostburg.
Mari Scalone gave the Warriors the only goal they needed in the fourth minute, with an assist from Kaylee Klopp.
Three minutes later, Klopp scored off an assist from Ashley Orten.
“Both goals were mirror images of each other, with well-paced crosses and timely runs in the box,” Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen said.
In the 66th minute, the Warriors got an insurance score. After Katie Bares served a free kick into the box, the ball bounced off several players before Abbey Beck put it in the net.
Ozaukee 4, Sheboygan Christian 1
Orten scored three goals and assisted on another as the Warriors cruised to a conference road victory May 12.
The senior helped her team build a 2-0 lead with a pair of first-half goals. She found the net on an unassisted score in the 10th minute and added a goal with an assist from Bares at 14 minutes.
In the second period, Orten set up a goal by Brooke Schueller in the 48th minute and capped the scoring one minute later with an unassisted goal.
Christian averted a shutout by scoring in the 67th minute.
Liebergen said his team’s ability to adjust was critical to the victory.
“I thought we recognized early the defensive pressure Christian was using in the game, and we found a better way to attack,” he said.
Ozaukee 1, Oostburg 1 (2 OT)
The Warriors held a 1-0 lead early in the second half before the home team rallied to earn a draw in a CLC showdown May 10.
Schueller scored with an assist from Orten in the 43rd minute to put Ozaukee ahead, 1-0. However, Oostburg tied the game in the 61st minute off a corner kick.
The teams then dueled to a scoreless standoff through the rest of regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtimes.
“Our defense did really well to limit Oostburg’s chances on goal,” Liebergen said. “Unfortunately, we gave up some corner kicks, and they capitalized on our mistake.
Liebergen said he was impressed with his team’s ability to attack Oostburg’s defense.
“Katie Bares made a couple of nice through balls for our forwards that got us some great chances in overtime.”
The rest of this week, the Warriors will host Elkhart Lake at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and participate in the West Bend Invitational on Saturday.
In their first tournament game, the Warriors will play West Bend East at 9 a.m.
On May 24, Ozaukee will host Cedar Grove-Belgium at 4:30 p.m.