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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 14:51
A SLIDING TACKLE by a Whitefish Bay player put Grafton’s Emma Fatla in a precarious position during a North Shore Conference match last week. Host Grafton edged the Blue Dukes, 2-1, in a battle of state-ranked teams.                                             Photo by Sam Arendt

Strong 2nd-half efforts carry Grafton soccer team to another Pewaukee Cup title


A pair of strong second-half efforts made a trip to Pewaukee especially worthwhile for the Grafton girls’ soccer team last weekend.

After rallying to win their semifinal game in the Lady Pirate Cup tournament, the Black Hawks pulled away for a 2-0 victory over the host team in the championship match Saturday.


“The first half against Pewaukee was not one of our sharpest,” said Grafton coach Don Arnold, whose team successfully defended its tournament title.

“But in the second half, the girls played phenomenal soccer. They came out focused and executed great.”

Pewaukee, ranked No. 2 among the state’s Division 2 teams, hung tough with the Division 1-ranked Hawks through a scoreless first period.

However, Grafton dominated play the rest of the way, getting the game-winning goal in the 67th minute. Abby Freeland did the honor, scoring off a diagonal pass from Carley Pfannerstill.

Ten minutes later, the advantage was doubled when Hannah Eichler converted a shot off a corner kick by Emma Fatla.

In addition to defeating Pewaukee for the second straight year in the tournament final, Grafton handed the Pirates (11-1) their first loss of the season.

“Pewaukee has a nice team and played us tough,” Arnold said. “In the first half, our defense kept us in the game.”

Arnold singled out the play of defenders Audrey Dickmann, Gabi Kuester and Cassey Patula and goalkeeper Alissa Viste, who had seven saves.

Viste, a junior, returned to the lineup after missing Friday’s semifinal game due to illness.

The win improved Grafton’s overall record to 12-1-2 and stretched its unbeaten streak to 13 games.

Grafton 3, Kenosha St. Joseph 1

Tess Safstrom sparked the Hawks’ comeback win in Friday’s semifinals with a pair of second-half goals.

Grafton trailed, 1-0, at intermission after giving up a goal in the 20th minute. But after failing on several scoring chances in the opening period, the Hawks began to find the net with regularity.

Safstrom, a junior midfielder, tied the game with a goal in the 57th minute, assisted by Pfannerstill. Six minutes later, Safstrom scored on a diving head ball off a pass from Alyssa Arnold.

At 74 minutes, Pfannerstill capped the scoring with a goal assisted by Haley Orlowski.

“The first half was a struggle for us because we weren’t finishing,” coach Arnold said. “Once we got settled in, we started to string together some passes and taken advantage of our opportunities.”

The Hawks outshot St. Joseph, 29-3.

Grafton got a lift from sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Kretlow, who played well in her first full varsity game, coach Arnold said.

Grafton 2, Whitefish Bay 1

Orlowski’s goal in the 71st minute gave the Hawks the final word in a seesaw North Shore Conference battle between state-ranked teams May 3.

Host Grafton jumped ahead, 1-0, in the second minute when Eichler scored with an assist from Fatla. The lead held until Bay drew even in the 66th minute.

However, after withstanding several attacks by the Blue Dukes, Grafton countered with a run that culminated in Pfannerstill setting up Orlowski’s winner.

The win improved the Hawks to 1-0-1 in league play. Bay fell to 1-1-1.

“We were able to get off to a great start and put the pressure on Bay,” coach Arnold said. “But they came back and were pressuring us pretty good in the second half.”

This week, Grafton played Milwaukee Lutheran in an NSC game Tuesday, will host Hartford in a 7 p.m. nonconference match Thursday and participate in the Green Bay East tournament Saturday.

In their first two tournament matches, the Hawks will face Seymour and Pulaski.

On May 17, Grafton will resume conference play with a 7 p.m. game at Germantown.

 
Weekend sweep keeps Rockets rolling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 14:43

Three wins in quad help CG-Belgium soccer team forget 0-8 start to season

After starting the season 0-8, the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ soccer team has dramatically turned the corner.
CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Ashli DeSmidt was surrounded by a pair of foes during her team’s 2-0 win over Oakfield on Saturday.
                   Photo by Sam Arendt

The Rockets owned a four-game winning streak after sweeping three opponents in a home quadrangular last Saturday.

They defeated Oakfield, 2-0; Lomira, 3-0; and Living Word Lutheran, 3-1.

“With the exception of the first half in the Lomira game, I was pleased with the performance of the girls,” said Rockets coach Elias Garza, whose team improved to 5-8-1 overall.

“We tried some different things with personnel which we had been considering for some time and believe it benefited the team. We had four different players score for us, and defensively we saw some slight improvement.”

Against Lomira, the Rockets did all their scoring in the second half. Halie Schieffer and Ashley Turnquist each had one goal and an assist.

Brooke Koepsell scored once, and Alyssa Sauer had an assist.

Garza hopes his team will build on its newfound success when it faces Central Lakeshore Conference opponents this week.

“Now that we have begun to see teams in our conference the second time around, we shall see what improvements we’ve made,” he said.

“Great challenges await us, and we need to embrace them.”

This week, the Rockets were scheduled to play Howards Grove on Tuesday and at Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

On May 16, Cedar Grove-Belgium will host Oostburg at 6 p.m.

CG-Belgium 3, Elkhart Lake 0

Schieffer scored two goals, and Alex Buechler had another to lead the Rockets to a conference win at home May 5.

Briana Weyker and Koepsell each contributed an assist for the Rockets, who outshot the Resorters, 17-12.

Garza praised the play of Caitlin Hausner, Steph TeStroete, Turnquist and Koepsell.

CG-Belgium 3, Kewaskum 3 (2 OT)

The Rockets had to settle for a draw after 100 minutes of soccer in a nonconference road game May 3.

Schieffer, Weyker and Abby Vrubley all scored for Cedar Grove-Belgium, which got an assist from Kelsey Doucette.

The teams traded goals throughout the match, with the Rockets holding a 2-1 halftime lead. The Rockets took a 3-2 lead in the 52nd minute, but Kewaskum tied it for good two minutes later.

“We had 17 shots, so we need to convert a higher percentage and play more sound defense if we expect to be more competitive,” Garza said.

 
Balance carries OHS boys to 2nd at Ram Invite PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mitch Maersch   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 14:38
Balanced scoring helped the Ozaukee boys’ track and field team secure runner-up honors at the Ram Invitational in  Random Lake Monday.

Hunter Hess won the 100-meter dash in 11.6 seconds and was part of two winning relay teams for the Warriors.

Ozaukee also got a first-place finish from Noah Stahl in the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches).

The Warriors scored 74 points, edging third-place Campbellsport, which had 71.

St. Mary’s Springs won the five-team meet with 107 points.

Ozaukee’s Devon Linzenmeyer, Jason Gensrick, Hess and Steve Street joined forces to win two races — the 800 relay (1:38.3) and 400 relay (47.0).

Also placing first was the 1,600 relay team of Dustin Richter, Doug Grimm, Gensrick and Street (3:51.8).

“I was glad to see the boys take home the second-place plaque,” Warriors coach Chris Weavers said.

“We were able to score in almost every event we entered. It was nice to be in a bigger meet with some new competition.”

Placing second for Ozaukee were Linzenmeyer in the long jump (17-1-1/2) and Josh Werner in the high jump (5-4).

The Warriors got third-place finishes from Stahl in the long jump (17-1), Sean Preisler in the 3,200 run (11:40) and Werner in the 300 hurdles (48.6).

In the girls’ portion of the meet, Ozaukee took third with 44.5 points.

St. Mary’s Springs won with 132.5 points, and Random Lake was second with 123.

Ozaukee was led by second-place finishes from Sarah Brown in the 400 dash (1:07.6) and 800 run (2:43.1), Bailey Johnson in the long jump (13-3-1/2) and the 1,600 relay team of Brown, Johnson, Aman Gill and Natalie Clark (4:42).

Johnson took third in the 100 dash (14.0), as did Gill in the 300 hurdles (55.0).

The Warriors’ next outing will be the Central Lakeshore Conference outdoor meet May 16 at Howards Grove.

 
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