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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 16:01
FORWARD HANNAH EICHLER battled monsoon-like weather as she outraced a Slinger defender in Grafton’s 2-0 nonconference win Friday.
                                        Photo by Sam Arendt

Nasty downpour, stubborn Slinger fail to dampen home spirits in Grafton soccer win


Scoring a shutout win against a stubborn opponent is never easy, especially when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Tackling both challenges head on, the Grafton girls’ soccer team opened home play by outlasting Slinger for a 2-0 nonconference win last Friday.

“There were very sketchy conditions with all the wind and rain, but it was good to overcome all that,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.

“I was a little surprised we were able to get the game in.”

Hannah Eichler provided the only goal the Black Hawks needed midway through the first half. The junior forward scored on a header off a corner kick by Emma Fatla in the 20th minute.

Grafton protected its 1-0 edge until the 71st minute when freshman Zoie Bauer set up a scoring shot by Fatla.

“It was impressive to get those goals with the conditions we were playing in,” Arnold said. “It’s was nice to see because you’re not going to be able to play in great conditions most of the time with spring soccer in Wisconsin.”

The Hawks outshot the Owls, 16-9.

The win improved Grafton’s overall record to 5-1-1. Slinger fell to 3-4-1.

Grafton 0, Homestead 0 (2 OT)

Two of the North Shore Conference title favorites battled to a scoreless deadlock at Homestead on April 12.

Neither team was able to find the net through 80 minutes of regulation and a pair of 10-minute overtimes.

“It was quite a battle, a great game for people to watch,” Arnold said.

“The girls were disappointed to not win, but they showed they can play with anyone.”

Each team got off 16 shots but failed to convert on its best scoring opportunities.

Grafton’s best chance, Arnold said, came near the end of regulation when Maddie Huibregtse broke free and sent a ball into the box. However, a teammate was unable to get to the ball in time for an uncontested shot.
Keeper Alissa Viste made several key stops for the Hawks, Arnold said.

Homestead entered the game as the top-ranked Division 1 team in the state coaches’ poll, and Grafton was an honorable-mention pick. The tie dropped Homestead (2-0-1) to second in the poll, and lifted Grafton to 10th.

This week, the Hawks were scheduled to play a 6:30 p.m. road game against Wauwatosa West on Wednesday. Their next game will be a 7 p.m. home match April 26 against West Bend West.

 
Warriors give state-ranked foe a tussle before bowing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:58

KATIE BARES (14) tried to dribble past a Brookfield Academy defender during Ozaukee’s nonconference loss Friday. Looking on was the Warriors‘ Kait Beck.
                  Photo by Sam Arendt
A perennially tough foe gave the Ozaukee girls’ soccer team all it could handle last Friday.

Brookfield Academy, ranked fourth among Division 3 teams in the most recent coaches poll, scored early and slowly pulled away in a 3-0 win over the host Warriors.

The Blue Knights (7-1-1) jumped ahead with a goal in the fourth minute and took a 2-0 lead late in the first half. They capped the scoring with an insurance goal at 67 minutes.

Ozaukee had several scoring chances, including a shot by Abbey Beck that deflected off the crossbar. In addition, Katie Bares, Lizzie Janke and Ashley Orten narrowly missed close-range attempts.

Despite the loss, Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen was pleased with his team’s effort.

“I know we are capable of better results but have no reason to hang our heads,” he said. “This was our first time playing consecutive nights, and it slowed us.”

The loss dropped the Warriors to 3-1-1.

“We will analyze this game in practice and prepare for our next one,” Liebergen said.

Ozaukee 2, Random Lake 1

The Warriors scored in each half and rallied for a CLC road win April 14.

Orten connected on the winning shot with an assist from Bares in the 73rd minute.

Christiane Knight gave the Rams a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 13th minute, but Ozaukee pulled even with a score by Brooke Schueller.

Schueller found the net after a shot by Bares was deflected.

“I thought we did a nice job of building our attack,” Liebergen said. “We found combinations as the game wore on.

“Orten, Bares and Micaela Burns gave us more chances in the second half.”

The win improved the Warriors’ first-place record in conference play to 3-0-1.

Ozaukee 4, Sheboygan Christian 1

Balanced offense carried the Warriors to an easy conference win at home April 12.

Abbey Beck put Ozaukee ahead when she opened the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 11th minute.

The Warriors also got goals from Orten (50 minutes), Schueller (70) and Becca Minzlaff (78). Orten assisted on Schueller’s score.

Liebergen praised the defensive play of Burns, Kait Beck and Mari Scalone.

This week, Ozaukee was scheduled to host Kettle Moraine Lutheran in a 4:30 p.m. nonconference game Wednesday.

The Warriors’ game at Elkhart Lake scheduled for April 18 has been moved to May 27.

 
Hawks fall to Homestead in softball showdown PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 15:58

A late rally carried Homestead past Grafton, 4-3, in a North Shore Conference softball game Monday.

Grafton took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but the host Highlanders scored two runs to prevail in an early season showdown between two of the league’s title favorites.

The Black Hawks, who fell to 3-1 in the conference and 4-1 overall, went toe to toe with the defending NSC champion. After both teams scored twice in the first inning, Grafton took a 3-2 lead with a run in the third.

The game developed into a pitchers’ duel between the Hawks’ Aly Bartel and Homestead’s Rachel Behnken, who both went the distance.

Bartel allowed five hits and struck out four batters. Behnken gave up six hits, struck out six and walked one.

Homestead improved to 4-0 in league play and took over sole possession of first place.

 
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