With wins in first three games, soccer team matches total that took a month to reach last year
What a difference a year has made for the Port Washington girls’ soccer team.
After needing a month to post their third win in 2015, the Pirates matched that total just three games into this season.
A 1-0 home victory over West Bend West on Saturday did the trick, giving Port three shutouts over nonconference foes in its first full week of play.
Sarah Spaeth provided the winning margin in the 13th minute, converting a one-touch shot off a free kick by Alli Klotz.
Steady defense allowed the Pirates to protect the narrowest of margins the rest of the way. Goalkeeper Allison Lessila anchored the back line with five saves.
“Our defense was very strong again, which was nice to see,” Port coach Mike Bultman said.
“Offensively, we were holding the ball for periods of time and creating scoring opportunities. We got a little too aggressive in the last 10 minutes, which gave West some open spaces.”
Bultman singled out the defensive work of Brooke Lund, Natalie Lippe, Halee VandeBoom and Laura Bultman and pressure created by forwards Megan Barian and Meghan VandeBoom.
“It was really a back-and-forth game. We had to play well to win it,” he said.
The Pirates outscored their first three opponents, 11-0.
Port 1, Milwaukee King 0
The Pirates made a goal by VandeBoom stand up in a nonconference road win April 14.
In the 33rd minute, the junior found the net off a through ball from Barian.
Port then held off an aggressive King attack, with Lessila making three saves.
The Pirates finished with a 10-4 advantage in shots against a team that had outscored its first three foes, 25-2.
“King was good. They have really fast forwards, but we did a nice job of staying with them,” coach Bultman said.
“We had several other opportunities to score but couldn’t finish.”
This week, Port opened North Shore Conference play against Whitefish Bay on Tuesday and will host its annual quad Friday and Saturday.
In Friday’s semifinals, New Holstein will face Madison Edgewood at 5 p.m., followed by Port against Ozaukee at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, the 9 a.m. consolation game will be followed by the championship match at 11 a.m.
The Pirates will resume NSC play April 26 with a 7 p.m. home game against Cedarburg.
Photo Credit: MEGAN BARIAN dribbled past West Bend West’s Kelsey Oliver during Port Washington’s nonconference soccer win last Saturday. Photo by Sam Arendt