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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Friday, 05 May 2017 16:37

Sophomore’s strong midfield play helps Grafton girls’ soccer team improve to 6-0-2 

The Grafton girls’ soccer team continued to roll last week, and sophomore Hailey Block continued to shine.

The sophomore midfielder scored four goals, including two game-winners and one equalizer in four matches.

“She’s a game-changer. She’s got that ability,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.

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“The great thing about her is she makes players around her better. She’s a very unselfish player and has a work ethic that’s phenomenal.”

With a 1-0 victory over New Berlin Eisenhower on Saturday, the Black Hawks took third place in the Laura Moynihan Invitational at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

Block scored in the 82nd minute. Arnold said the keeper played the ball as if it was carrying and it dipped under her.

The Hawks dominated possession in both halves despite being against the wind in the second.

Sophomore Corbin Woessner came up with some big saves — four in all, Arnold said.

The win left the Hawks at 6-0-2 on the season. They nearly reached the title game of the tournament, dropping a tiebreaker, 3-2, to Sheboygan North in the semifinals, after a 1-1 finish in regulation.

With the wind at his team’s back in the first half, Arnold said, the Hawks lacked urgency to score.

In the second half, Golden Raiders used the wind to net a goal in the first seven minutes. But then the Hawks fought back.

“The girls showed no quit and the last seven minutes were on them,” Arnold said.

Block tied the game in the 77th minute, and Arnold said the team could have scored more.

“You get a goal and you’ve got that wind at your back, most of the time that’s going to hold up,” he said.

“The girls showed some fire and really turned up their game.”

Arnold said his team practices penalty kicks at the end of practice, but the intensity of game situations are different.

“You can’t replicate it in practice, as much as you can try. It’s not the same thing,” he said.

Grafton 3, Kenosha Tremper 0

In the tournament opener against Kenosha Tremper, the Hawks got three goals from three different players.

Block scored in the 38th minute on an assist from Abi Gutknecht. Arnold said the two communicated well, running a play they worked on in practice but didn’t call in the game. Gutknecht played a ball outside to Block, who took a shot past the post and keeper.

In the second half, sophomore Morgan Depke scored on an assist from junior Gretchen Geiser in the 62nd minute, and six minutes later freshman Malaya Sperber scored from sophomore Mindy Petersen.

The scores were “identical type of goals” that came on crosses but on opposite sides of the field.

Defensively, Arnold said Gutknecht,  sophomores Jaden Autey and Abbie Schad and freshman Mackenzie Schultz are strong.

“They’re doing a great job in the back,” he said.

Woessner made six saves.

Grafton 2, Germantown 0

On April 25, Grafton picked up a big home victory against one of its North Shore Conference rivals.

After a scoreless first half, Schad broke the ice with an unassisted goal in the 50th minute.

“It was one of those games where it’s back and forth. We were able to get that first goal which made them press a little bit, and the second one to finish them off.”

Block scored in the 66th minute from Schultz that provided insurance.

But that first score, Arnold said, changes the complexion of the entire game.

“You come out and get that goal, it just pumps you up. We were able to gut things out,” he said.

The first score nearly went the Warhawks’ way. On a free kick, a Germantown player quickly took a 20-yard shot before Grafton set up its wall.

Woessner made the save that kept things even at the time.

“That would have turned the game in the opposite direction,” Arnold said.

Grafton played the game with just 13 varsity players as senior defender Hailey Zwicker is out for the season with a knee injury and Depke missed the game due to injury before returning later in the week.

The Hawks improved to 2-0-1 in the NSC.

This week, Grafton was scheduled to play at NSC foe Milwaukee Lutheran on Tuesday and in a Green Bay East tournament Saturday. On May 9, the Hawks will host Port Washington.


PHOTO INFORMATION: MACKENZIE SCHULTZ of Grafton slipped past a Germantown player to send the ball downfield in a North Shore Conference game last week. Grafton won, 2-0. Photo by Sam Arendt

 

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