Written by Ozaukee Press
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 16:47
Oostburg ousts Rockets on penalty kicks after teams battle to 1-1 tie in regional
A longtime rival put an end to the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer season last Saturday.
After splitting two Central Lakeshore Conference games with the Rockets, Oostburg had the final word with a shootout victory in a WIAA Division 4 regional title game in Cedar Grove.
The teams battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two 10-minute overtimes, sending the match to penalty kicks.
The Lady Dutch prevailed by converting three shots to the Rockets’ two.
After Ashli von Heimburg and Brooke Keller each made their attempts, Oostburg goalkeeper Leah Ebbers stopped the Rockets’ final attempt.
The game mirrored Cedar Grove-Belgium’s tournament finale last year, when it was also ousted in a regional-final shootout against Oostburg.
The Rockets (13-8-3) grabbed an early lead Saturday when von Heimburg scored an unassisted goal in the seventh minute.
Oostburg tied the game with an unassisted goal by Krystle Van Deursen in the 32nd minute.
“It was a tremendous final game for this young group of girls,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Elias Garza.
“I am proud of all the girls for their sacrifices, efforts and commitment, not just during this game but throughout the season.”
Oostburg (15-6-2) advanced to a sectional semifinal game against Howards Grove on Thursday, June 12.
CG-Belgium 9, Sheboygan Christian 4
The host Rockets trailed early but built a 5-1 lead by halftime and cruised to a regional semifinal win June 5.
Cedar Grove-Belgium gave up three second-period goals but added four scores of its own to remain comfortably in front.
Keller had four goals to lead the Rockets, who also got three from A.J. Caldwell and two from Autumn Beutel.
Von Heimburg had four assists, and Beutel and Caldwell added three and two, respectively.
Rockets fall in CLC finale
In a foreshadowing of Saturday’s outcome, Cedar Grove-Belgium was handed a 3-1 road loss by Oostburg in the Central Lakeshore Conference finale for both teams June 3.
Oostburg raced to a 3-0 lead by halftime.
The Rockets’ goal was scored by Kelsey Deucette on a breakaway in the 62nd minute.
The loss left Cedar Grove-Belgium with a 9-4-1 league record, good for fourth place. Oostburg finished third at 10-3-1.
Image information: A FOUR-GOAL performance by Brooke Keller helped Cedar Grove-Belgium win its regional semifinal game. Photo by Sam Arendt