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Learning curve continues for young Port soccer team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 16:28

Inexperience, injuries make things tough on Pirates in pair of defeats

The learning curve took a steep turn for the Port Washington High School girls’ soccer team last week.

Dogged by injuries and inexperience, the Pirates struggled in a pair of losses — most recently a 6-1, nonconference defeat at the hands of Oostburg on Friday.

Slow starts in each half hurt host Port, which trailed, 3-0, at the break.

“Oostburg is good, but we just don’t have a lot of depth,” said Port coach Mike Bultman, whose team was missing three starters.

“We had to use a lot of young people who are still trying to learn how to be varsity players.”

The Pirates were without starters Caity Tydrick, Brianna Krueger and Abby Becker due to injuries and a nonsoccer commitment. Krueger will miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

Oostburg built an early lead by scoring goals in the 10th, 13th and 17th minutes. The Lady Dutch ended any thoughts of a Port comeback by tacking on three goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period.

 
Schueller-Clark punch lifts Ozaukee past Elkhart PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 16:25

A one-two punch carried the Ozaukee girls’ soccer team to a 4-1 win over Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah in a Central Lakeshore Conference match April 26.

Senior Brooke Schueller and sophomore Natalie Clark each had two goals for the Warriors, who grabbed an early lead and never trailed.

After Schueller scored with an assist from Clark in the eighth minute, Clark made it 2-0 with a goal in the 23rd minute.

In the second half, Clark and Schueller found the net at 58 and 62 minutes, respectively.

“Brooke played a phenomenal game. I was very pleased with her runs off the ball and her ability to create opportunities,” Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen said.

Although the win was the Warriors’ third straight in CLC play and improved them to 4-1 in league games and 6-4 overall, it didn’t come easily.

“It proved to be a physical challenge for much of the game,” Liebergen said.

“Our midfield set up a lot of our breakaways with timely passes.”

Ozaukee 3, Random Lake 0

 
Port, Grafton rally for softball wins PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 16:00

A late offensive explosion propelled the Port Washington softball team to a 14-4 win in a North Shore Conference game Monday.

The host Pirates trailed Whitefish Bay, 4-0, after four innings but broke loose for six runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Port then ended the game on a 10-run mercy rule by scoring eight times in the sixth.

The Pirates finished with nine hits and were helped by four Bay errors.

Leading Port at the plate were Ali Bichler, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI, and Mikayla Hilton, who was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Celia Van Pietersom was 1-for-3 and drove in three runs.

Bichler also pitched a complete game for the win. She gave up eight hits, struck out four and walked none.

The win improved the Pirates to 2-1 in NSC play and 3-1 overall.

Grafton 5, Nicolet 3

The host Black Hawks overcame an early deficit to score their first win of the season in a North Shore Conference game Monday.

Grafton fell behind, 2-0, in the first inning but slowly rallied, scoring one run in the second and two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth.

Amanda Hunt pitched a complete game for the victory. She allowed just three hits, struck out 12 and walked three.

The Hawks’ offensive leaders were Lauren Lennon and Amber Tanski, who were each 2-for-3. Lennon had a double and a triple, and Tanski scored twice.

The win improved Grafton to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.


Image Information: PORT WASHINGTON’S Mikayla Hilton tried to avoid a tag from a Whitefish Bay infielder by sliding into first base during a rundown in a North Shore Conference game Monday. Host Port overcame a 4-0 deficit to secure a 14-4 win.      Photo by Sam Arendt

 
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