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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 15:55

Port soccer team fails to find net but shows improvement in three-game stretch that includes a tie

It’s not often that a soccer team can fail to score in three straight games and still have a sense of accomplishment.

Although his squad had to settle for two North Shore Conference losses and a nonconference tie last week, Port coach Mike Bultman isn’t complaining.


“We played some good soccer. We lost to two teams that are just better than we are at this point, and had a tie in another game we could have won,” he said.


“It really wasn’t a bad week.”


Port capped the week by battling host Oostburg to a 0-0 tie in a nonleague match Friday.


The Pirates played well defensively but were unable to take advantage of several good scoring chances, according to Bultman.


“I don’t think Oostburg had many dangerous opportunities on goal against us,” he said of the 100-minute standoff, which included two 10-minute overtimes.


“Offensively, we had plenty of opportunities to win but couldn’t convert. That’s something we have to keep working on.

 
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 15:41

Battles with Homestead, Central leave Grafton with pair of rough softball losses

The weekend was no friend to the Grafton High School softball team.

After winning their first three games last week, the Black Hawks were handed a pair of close losses Saturday.

Grafton was edged by Homestead, 3-2, in a North Shore Conference makeup game before falling to Brookfield Central, 4-1, in nonconference play.

The Homestead tussle was especially tough because it dropped the Hawks to 5-3 in NSC play and seriously damaged their title hopes.

“It was a rough day. We were a little short-handed,” Grafton coach Ken Hunt said.

“The loss to Homestead kind of put the conference (title) out of reach for us.”

 
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 17:07

Shut-down performance against Lutheran gives Port girls their first North Shore soccer victory since 2007

A long soccer drought ended last week for the Port Washington High School girls’ soccer team.

Make that, an ultra-dry drought.


With a 2-0 road win over Milwaukee Lutheran on April 25, the Pirates had their first North Shore Conference victory since 2007 — ending a 37-game losing streak.


“It was a long time in coming,” said Port coach Mike Bultman, who noted that most of his players are too young to remember anything about the team’s previous league win.


“There haven’t been a lot of wins in the last six or seven years, and we (the coaches) told the girls to enjoy this one. They made some history.”


By breaking through in their 2013 conference opener, the Pirates continued to show progress in their most recent rebuilding effort. They are in their second year with Bultman at the varsity helm.


The Pirates dominated Lutheran, piling up a 32-9 advantage in shots and collecting a goal in each half.


Port got the only goal it needed just 90 seconds into the game. Freshman Sarah Spaeth did the honors with an assist from Abby Becker.


“After that, we just tried to beat their goalkeeper the rest of the first half instead of moving the ball,” Bultman said. “It didn’t work.”


With the wind at their backs in the second half, the Pirates kept the pressure on Lutheran’s defense. Their 23-shot barrage in the second half included an insurance goal in the 63rd minute by freshman Brooke Effinger, assisted by Becker.

 
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