Upset-minded Sheboygan team hangs on for 2-1 win that drops Ozaukee from top spot in CLC soccer race
A second-half rally wasn’t enough to save the Ozaukee girls’ soccer team from a frustrating loss Monday.
Sheboygan Christian scored twice in the first half and hung on to edge the host Warriors, 2-1, in a Central Lakeshore Conference game.
With Ozaukee trailing, 2-0, Brittany Schueller scored late in the second period to cut the deficit in half. However, the Warriors were unable to find the net again.
The loss knocked Ozaukee out of sole possession of first place in the CLC race.
The Warriors, who slipped to 6-2-1, are now tied for second place with Howards Grove. Both teams trail Oostburg (6-1-2), which defeated Elkhart Lake, 4-0, on Monday.
“We weren’t sharp today with our passes and had some costly unforced errors that Christian capitalized on,” Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen said.
“We looked better in the second half, that’s for sure, but it’s awfully difficult to dig yourself out of a two-goal deficit.”
Christian (4-5) got a goal from Amanda Scheidt in the 14th minute and another from Becca Felten at 29 minutes.
Near-misses became a way of life in the game for Ozaukee, which hit the crossbar four times on shots.
The Warriors were coming off a hard-fought game at Oostburg on May 6, when they battled the host Lady Dutch to a 0-0 tie in two overtimes.
Each team had several scoring chances but was unable to crack staunch defenses.
Turning in matching shutouts were two freshman goalkeepers — Ozaukee’s Erika Karrels and Oostburg’s Jocelyn Stemper.
CG-Belgium 2, Howards Grove 0
The host Rockets avenged a 1-0 loss to the Tigers last month by controlling play in a CLC rematch May 6.
Freshman forward Halie Schieffer gave Cedar Grove-Belgium the only goal it needed in the eighth minute when she played the ball to midfielder Hannah Kaul, who returned it to Schieffer for a scoring shot.
In the 58th minute, the Rockets picked up an insurance goal when Kaul scored with an assist from Alex Buechler.
“We were able to shut Howards Grove down,” said Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Papi Pozo, whose team improved its league record to 5-3. “Our defense really stepped up.”
The Rockets finished with a 13-10 edge in shots.
“Howards Grove only had one or two shots from close range,” Pozo said.
CG-Belgium 7, Elkhart Lake 0
Six players contributed goals for the Rockets in an easy home conference victory May 4.
After Liz Pritzl, Schieffer and Buechler scored in the first half, the rout continued with second-period goals by Schieffer, Kaul, Kaslin Ebbers and Rachel Slotman. Buechler, Erika Kirst and Brooke Koepsell each had an assist.
The Rockets held a 14-2 edge in shots. One of Elkhart Lake’s attempts was a first-half penalty kick that was stopped by goalkeeper Kristen Slotman.
Ozaukee 2, Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler 1
A pair of second-half goals propelled the Warriors to a league road win May 4.
Abbey Beck scored in the 45th minute, and Kait Beck doubled the advantage five minutes later.
Lutheran/Kohler cut the deficit with a goal by Danielle Hart in the 74th minute but couldn’t get any closer.
Karrels helped preserve the win with four saves.
“We played a little smarter in the second half, which allowed us to control the tempo of the game,” Liebergen said.
“Once we could spread out our opponent’s defense, we got better chances on goal.”
Ozaukee will continue conference play with 4:30 p.m. road games against Random Lake on Thursday and Elkhart Lake on May 18.
Cedar Grove-Belgium was scheduled to face Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler on Tuesday, play a 5:30 p.m. game at Oostburg on Thursday and host Kewaskum in a nonconference game at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
On May 18, the Rockets will travel to Random Lake for a 4:30 p.m. league contest.
OZAUKEE’S LINNEA SHAMIR (right) drove the ball past a Sheboygan Christian player during a Central Lakeshore Conference game Monday. Photo by Sam Arendt