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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

 
Grafton’s softball muscle takes care of Pirates, cold PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Friday, 05 May 2017 16:30

Black Hawks use 7-run 2nd inning to pound their way past Port Washington for bone-chilling NSC win

A matchup of top softball pitchers and quality teams quickly turned into a blowout April 27, with the Grafton Black Hawks flexing their muscle and getting out of cold and wet conditions in five innings.

The host Hawks clobbered Port Washington, 10-0, behind a seven-run second inning in North Shore Conference play.

“I think we hit the ball pretty hard,” Grafton coach Ken Hunt said.

“The stats say only a couple of earned runs, but I could argue that.”

“We got behind and attitudes fell,” Port coach Bob Snook said.

“It seemed there was no more fight.”

KIRSTENDanielle Koziczkowski led the Hawks with two hits and three RBI. Amanda Parsons and Leona Meyer each had two hits and one RBI, and Ally Parsons and Kirsten Krause each had a hit and a RBI.

Koziczkowski’s two-out, two-run single made it 10-0 in the fifth and ended the game via the mercy rule.

After a scoreless first, Grafton jumped on senior Kate Snook with the help of Pirates’ mistakes. They had five errors in the game.

Hunt said he knows Snook is a sharp pitcher. He has coached her in summer leagues.

“She’s a good kid, controls the zone and can hit her spots,” he said. 

“We were pretty patient at the plate.”

For Grafton, sophomore Kirsten Krause whiffed six while allowing two hits.

“In each of those counts, she fell behind 3-0 to one and 3-1 to the other one,” Hunt said.

 
Slow start doesn’t keep Rockets from soccer win PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 05 May 2017 16:22

Second-half surge puts CG-Belgium girls in control of match against Elkhart Lake

A slow start against a Big East Conference rival was offset by a dominating second half for the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer team last week.

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After taking a one-goal lead into halftime, the Rockets turned it on and knocked off host Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 7-3, on April 27.

“The girls were reminded that we may have overlooked them last year at their place when we succumbed, 3-2, and that they were not to be taken lightly,” Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Elias Garza said.

Brittany Teunissen, Jessica Rose and Autumn Beutel each scored twice for the Rockets, and Haven Lanser added a goal.

 
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