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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:42

 Softball team shows its power by scoring in bunches during lopsided home wins

The Port Washington High School softball team wasted no time lowering the boom this spring.

Blending hard-hitting offense with sharp pitching, the Pirates cruised to wins in their first two games of the season, most recently an 11-1 victory over Sheboygan South last Friday.

The contest was scoreless through three innings, but host Port erupted for six runs in the fourth and added five runs in the last two frames.

Stephanie Volesky’s bases-loaded triple with one out in the sixth provided the final margin in a game decided by the 10-run rule.

“We just started manufacturing runs,” Pirates coach Steve Schmidt said. “We had a number of timely hits.”

Port’s nine-hit attack was led by Volesky, who went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs. Kelsey Brockman and Ali Bichler each had two hits.

 
Rockets set to take next step in soccer wars PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 15:38

CG-Belgium girls’ team shows its upside by rolling past Port in season opener


What the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer team lacks in numbers, it should be able to make up for in talent and versatility.

Four players who earned All-Central Lakeshore Conference honors last year are back to lead the Rockets this spring, including Halie Schieffer, their top scorer.

The junior forward scored 15 goals on her way to All-CLC second-team recognition and should again be one of the league’s best offensive players.

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s other veteran leaders include juniors Brooke Koepsell (forward), Caitlin Hausner (defender) and Alyssa Schmitt (goalkeeper), who all received all-conference honorable mention.

“We have players coming back with some experience but they know with that experience come expectations and responsibility,” said Rockets coach Elias Garza, whose team was 7-12-1 overall last season, including a 4-10 league mark.

“There is experience in every third of the pitch,” added Garza, who noted that 10 of his players had starting roles last year. Schieffer and junior midfielder Briana Weyker will serve as co-captains.

The Rockets lost three players to graduation, including all-conference midfielder Ashley Turnquist and starting defender Steph TeStroete.

 
Fast start, big win for Pirates PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 17:23

Late goal helps Port soccer team put its best feet forward in opener

There’s nothing like a win to start the season, especially one highlighted by late heroics.

After taking charge early in its 2012 debut last Friday, the Port Washington High School girls’ soccer team saw a 2-0 lead disappear in the second half of a nonconference game against Brown Deer.

Undeterred, the host Pirates regained their footing and escaped with a 3-2 victory on a goal by Abby Becker in the 79th minute.

“It was fantastic, a great start for us,” Port coach Mike Bultman said.

“We outplayed them for the majority of the game, especially in the first half. In the second half, we made some substitutions and lost our focus for a while, but we got it back and pulled it out.”

With the game deadlocked at 2-2, the Pirates stepped up their pressure and created several scoring chances. They failed to convert a penalty kick in the 75th minute, but maintained their attack down the stretch.

At 78:50, Becker provided the game-breaker with an unassisted goal. The freshman forward drove a shot that skidded under the hands of Brown Deer goalkeeper Lindsay Halmar and into the net.

Bultman praised his team’s aggressive offensive play, which produced a 16-8 advantage in shots.

“Our first option is to shoot, and we did that most of the time,” he said.

The Pirates grabbed a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute on a goal by Miranda Wick and made it 2-0 when Caity Tydrick scored at 36:05.

But Brown Deer fought back with a pair of second-half goals by Emily Kozak. Her second score came on a penalty kick in the 51st minute after Port was called for a hand-ball violation.

Except for a few lapses early in the second period, the Pirates’ defense was sound, Bultman said. He singled out the play of Gina Greisch, Tatiana Ortiz, Beca Leiviska and Jessica Moeller.

“The defense did a very nice job. They corrected their mistakes and were pretty solid,” he said.

Bultman also praised the work of keeper Sarah Maechtle, who had six saves and “stopped everything she could have.”

This week, Port opened North Shore Conference play with a Tuesday game against Milwaukee Lutheran.

On Thursday, the Pirates will have a 6 p.m. nonconference road match against Cedar Grove-Belgium.


Image Information: PORT WASHINGTON’S Miranda Wick battled a Brown Deer player for possession of the ball during a nonconference game last Friday. Wick scored the first goal for the Pirates, who opened the season with a 3-2 win.  Photo by Sam Arendt

 
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