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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 18:45

Another shutout win in regional final puts Grafton within two games of state

Perhaps the Grafton girls’ soccer team should change its nickname from Black Hawks to Steamrollers.

Coach Don Arnold’s squad continued its habit of flattening opponents last Saturday by squashing Kewaskum, 7-0, in a WIAA Division 2 regional title game at home.

“We came out on fire and went on the attack right away,” Arnold said after watching the Hawks score five first-half goals, including three in the first 12 minutes.

“Our team is very confident. They’re excited, they’re healthy and they’re playing well.”

Grafton is also complementing its quick-strike offense with a stalwart defense that hasn’t allowed a goal since a 1-0 overtime loss to Germantown on May 18. While compiling a five-game winning streak, the
Hawks have outscored foes, 24-0.

Six Grafton players scored in Saturday’s win, which included a two-goal effort from sophomore Emma Fatla. Hannah Knauer, Alyssa Arnold, Hannah Eichler, Alli Demerath and Angie Mann also found the net.

But coach Arnold said the lion’s share of the credit for the Hawks’ offensive success should go to Carley Pfannerstill, a sophomore forward who had four assists.

Pfannerstill fueled her team’s attack by continually making runs deep into the Kewaskum defense, then finding teammates open for finishing shots.

“Usually the forwards who attack aggressively look to score,” Arnold said. “Carley was drawing a lot of attention and then setting up other people, which was great to see.”

Kewaskum didn’t have a shot on goal until late in the second half, when Grafton reserves received extended
playing time.

The win improved the Hawks’ record to 17-5-2 heading into sectional play this week. Kewaskum ended the season 10-12-1.

In Thursday’s semifinals, Grafton will host Sheboygan Falls at 7 p.m. while Seymour plays Green Bay Notre Dame. The winners will meet at 7 p.m Saturday in Grafton for the sectional title and a berth in next week’s state tournament.

The Hawks, who received a first-round bye last week, are the top seed in their sectional bracket and will be
favored against No. 2 Falls (19-3-1). However, Arnold expects a tough game against the Falcons, who have allowed only 11 goals this season.

“Sheboygan Falls is a quality team,” he said. “They will definitely present a challenge.”

Kewaskum 2, Port Washington 0

The Pirates dominated play for much of a Division 2 regional semifinal game but couldn’t find the net in a season-ending road loss June 2.

“We outplayed them and had an 18-5 edge in shots,” Port coach Sean O’Brien said. “We just couldn’t finish.”

The Pirates had a number of near misses, including a shot that struck the crossbar in the final minute of the first half.

Kewaskum scored in the 25th minute and held a 1-0 lead at halftime before adding an insurance goal in the 65th minute.

“Their game plan was to keep 10 players behind the ball, and they executed it quite well,” O’Brien said of the Indians.

“I was proud of the way we played. It was one of our best team efforts.”

Port finished the season 2-11-1.

Kaul’s early score is just enough for CG-Belgium in nail-biting victory over USM

Sometimes teams have to win a squeaker to stay on a roll.

Just ask the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer squad, which made an early goal stand up for a 1-0 victory in a WIAA Division 3 regional title game last Saturday.

Senior midfielder Hannah Kaul’s unassisted score in the sixth minute gave the Rockets the edge against a stubborn University School of Milwaukee team in a hard-fought game at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson.

The victory was Cedar Grove-Belgium’s 16th straight and advanced it into a sectional semifinal match against Lutheran at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, June 10, on the same field.

“It was a tough game. We came out and went at (University School) really hard,” Rockets coach Papi Pozo said.

“We had a lot of good scoring chances, but we just missed finishing them.”

Kaul found the net when she slipped past the Wildcats’ defense and curved a shot around the goalkeeper that sailed inside the far post.

However, the Rockets — who outshot University School, 12-6 — could have had at least two other goals, Pozo said. A shot by Rachel Slotman sailed over the crossbar, and Halie Schieffer missed on a close-range scoring chance, he noted.

Cedar Grove-Belgium stepped up defensively to protect its lead.

With five minutes left, defender Ashley Turnquist raced across the field to steal the ball from a Wildcat player who had a breakaway deep in the Rockets’ half of the field.

“That was a great play that probably saved the game for us,” Pozo said. “Ashley was all over the field.”
Pozo also singled out the performances of freshmen defenders Caitlin Hausner and Alyssa Sauer and keeper
Kristen Slotman, who had six saves.

The Rockets — who have not lost since  being edged, 1-0, by Ozaukee on April 26 — can expect their toughest challenge of the season against Kettle Moraine Lutheran.

The Chargers (16-3) are the defending  Division 3 state champion and ranked No. 1 in the division in the latest Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association state poll.

“They will be tough, but I think we can beat them if we play our game,” Pozo said. “We’ve played in a lot of big games this season and have been able to win most of them.

“I’m really impressed with the way the girls are playing. It’s amazing how they have picked up the pace.”
The winner of Thursday’s game will face the winner of a semifinal between Kenosha St. Joseph and Prairie School for the sectional title at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kettle Moraine Lutheran.

Rockets prevail in tight semifinal

It took a shootout, but host Cedar Grove-Belgium slipped past Whitefish Bay Dominican in a regional
semifinal game June 2.

The Rockets prevailed, 3-2, in the penalty-kick tie-breaker after the teams played to a 1-1 deadlock through regulation and two overtimes.

Rachel Slotman, Kaul and Hausner converted shootout attempts. Dominican failed twice in its four tries against keeper Kristen Slotman.

Cedar Grove-Belgium took a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute when Rachel Slotman scored on a header off a
corner kick by Alex Buechler.

Dominican drew even at 68 minutes when the Rockets tried to clear the ball but had it deflect off a defender and into the net.

Late in regulation, Cedar Grove-Belgium appeared to score when a header by Kaul eluded the Dominican keeper and reached the line. However, officials failed to signal a score.

Pozo, who protested the lack of a goal signal and received a yellow card, said game film indicated the score should have been awarded.

“It should have been a goal, but I was proud of the way the girls regrouped and came through at the end,” he said.

Brookfield Academy 3, Ozaukee 2 (OT)

A 2-0 halftime lead faded into a season-ending loss for the host Warriors in Division 3 regional semifinal play June 2.

Ozaukee took charge in the first period with goals by sophomores Linnea Shamir and Mari Scalone.

Shamir opened the scoring in the eighth minute by winning a ball inside the box and blasting a shot past the keeper.

Fives minutes later, Scalone found the net off an assist from Katie Bares to make it 2-0.

“Both goals were great examples of how we were aggressive near the goal,” Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen said.

However, the Blue Knights fought back after intermission, taking advantage of Ozaukee miscues to pull even in regulation on goals by Katie McElligott and Eimile Pesch at 58 and 65 minutes, respectively.

Pesch delivered the game winner with an unassisted goal four minutes into overtime.

“In the first half, we dominated play, scored early and perhaps got a little too comfortable with our lead,” Liebergen said.

“In the second half, we gave up a fluke goal, and it seemed to affect our composure a bit.”

The Blue Knights got the tying score when the Ozaukee sweeper fell after playing the ball inside the box, which gave them a breakaway, Liebergen said.

“I give Brookfield a great deal of credit for coming back from two goals,” he added.

The loss left the Warriors with a final season record of 12-7-2.

CG-B 4, Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler 0

The Rockets scored an easy home win that clinched a share of the Central Lakeshore Conference title June 1.

With the victory, Cedar Grove-Belgium finished with an 11-3 league record and pulled even with Howards Grove, which was 10-2-2.

The Rockets took a 2-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Schieffer, assisted by Mariah Keller, and an unassisted score by Kaul.

In the second period, Liz Pritzl had an unassisted goal, and Rachel Slotman scored off a corner kick by Kaul.


SOPHOMORE FORWARD Carley Pfannerstill (right) excelled as a playmaker during Grafton’s 7-0 win over Kewaskum in a WIAA Division 2 regional final last Saturday. Pfannerstill had four assists for the Black Hawks, who scored their fifth straight shutout. Photo by Sam Arendt

 

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