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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:33

Ozaukee puts its early soccer struggles behind it by taking tournament title

The Ozaukee girls’ soccer team earned its first win of the season last week, and the Warriors liked it so much that they went out and picked up their first tournament title as well, in nail-biting fashion.

On Monday, the Warriors picked up their third win in six games, including two ties in matches they won on penalty kicks in taking the Kiel Tournament crown last Saturday.

Ozaukee beat Sheboygan Lutheran, 2-0, on Monday, its second victory over the Crusaders in seven days.

Kiel Tournament 1 4CThe latest win came behind second-half goals by freshman forward Mikayla Penkwitz and sophomore midfielder Abby Miller. The Warriors had 29 shots on goal to the Crusaders’ 10.

Lexi Kristine, the team’s third backup goalie, made three saves.

On Saturday, the Warriors beat Kewaskum, 3-0, before beating Mayville and Kiel on penalty kicks after tying both teams in regulation and overtime.

In the title game against Kiel, the Warriors bounced back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to force a 1-1 tie on an unassisted goal by sophomore defender Abby Paulus.

The Warriors kept the score even throughout overtime, despite being outshot, 10-8 for the game.

Kristine made 10 saves.

Nobody scored in overtime, and the game came down to penalty kicks.

Sophomore midfielder Tammy Landing, Paulus and Miller scored on penalty kicks to win the game and championship.

In the semifinal, Ozaukee and Mayville played to a scoreless tie. Kristine made nine saves to preserve the game.

The Warriors only took three shots on goal, but made their penalty kicks count.

Landing, Miller and freshman midfielder Isabelle Clark netted scores to win the game.

In the tournament opener, Ozaukee only needed regulation to handle Kewaskum.

Kroeger scored in the first half, and Penkwitz and Landing added goals in the second for a 3-0 win.

The Warriors outshot the Indians, 16-2. Kristine made two saves.

Last Thursday, Oostburg showed why it is highly ranked in the state, taking down Ozaukee, 9-0, at home.

On May 9, the Warriors got their first victory of the season in dominating fashion, beating Lutheran, 10-0.

Clark scored three goals, and Landing and Penkwitz two each in the rout. Kroeger, Miller and Brianna Szczerbinski netted one score apiece.

Ozaukee had a 4-0 halftime lead before pouring on more.

The Warriors, 2-8-1 in the Big East Conference and 3-9-4 overall, were scheduled to host Sheboygan Christian (3-8 Big East) Tuesday, play at St. Mary Central (11-2) Thursday and host Howards Grove (7-2-1) Friday. They host Cedar Grove-Belgium (4-5-2) Tuesday, May 23.

PHOTO INFORMATION: OZAUKEE SOCCER PLAYERS and their coaches celebrated their championship performance at the Kiel Tournament last Saturday.


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