Written by MITCH MAERSCH
Wednesday, 07 May 2014 18:21
After tough loss, CG-B recovers to secure 3rd place at home soccer tournament
After falling just short of the championship game at its own Rocket Invitational last Saturday, the Cedar Grove-Belgium girlsâ soccer team bounced back to secure third-place honors.
In what Rockets coach Elias Garza described as âone of the most physical games we had been a part of thus far this season,â Cedar Grove-Belgium edged Kettle Moraine Lutheran, 2-1, in the consolation final.
The Rockets held a 2-0 halftime lead on the strength of one goal and one assist apiece by A.J. Caldwell and Haleigh Bares.
âWe were able to move the ball around and connect better than we had in our first game (a loss to Sturgeon Bay),â Garza said.
âI encouraged the team to do a better job of being focused for the duration of the game and not in spurts.â
Lutheran got a goal from Abi Aswege early in the second half, but the Rockets played steady defense the rest of the way.
In the semifinals of the four-team tournament, Cedar Grove-Belgium fell to Sturgeon Bay in a shootout.
The Rockets took a 2-0 lead on goals by Brooke Keller and Caldwell with assists from Ashli von Heimburg and Keller.
A wind-aided 35-yard shot by the Clippers made it 2-1 at half.
In the second period, Sturgeon Bay drew even with a counterattack goal and then prevailed in a penalty-kick shootout.
Sheboygan Falls won the invitational title by defeating Sturgeon Bay, 2-0.
The tournament left the Rockets with an 8-4-1 season record.
CG-Belgium 4, Oostburg 0
The Rockets were the aggressor in an impressive home win against a longtime Central Lakeshore Conference foe May 1.
âI spoke at length with our team about doing our best to keep everything in front of us,â Garza said.
The Rockets responded.
Keller scored an unassisted goal late in the first half and found the net again with an assist from Autumn Beutel to make it 2-0 in the first half.
Von Heimburg sent a hard cross that deflected off a Lady Dutch defender for an own goal that gave Cedar Grove-Belgium a 3-0 lead at the break.
Beutel added a score, assisted by Caldwell, midway through the second half.
The win improved the Rockets to 6-1 in CLC play.
CG-Belgium 1, Lutheran/Kohler 0
Keller scored the lone goal on a deflected ball with four minutes left to give the Rockets a conference road win April 28.
âLutheran/Kohler came to play. They challenged and were able to put us under some difficulty,â Garza said.
This week, the Rockets were scheduled to face Random Lake on Tuesday and will travel to New Holstein on Thursday for a 7 p.m. nonconference match.
On May 12, Cedar Grove-Belgium will play a 4:30 p.m. CLC game at Ozaukee.