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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 15:12

Upset-minded Sheboygan team hangs on for 2-1 win that drops Ozaukee from top spot in CLC soccer race

A second-half rally wasn’t enough to save the Ozaukee girls’ soccer team from a frustrating loss Monday.

Sheboygan Christian scored twice in the first half and hung on to edge the host Warriors, 2-1, in a Central Lakeshore Conference game.

With Ozaukee trailing, 2-0, Brittany Schueller scored late in the second period to cut the deficit in half. However, the Warriors were unable to find the net again.

The loss knocked Ozaukee out of sole possession of first place in the CLC race.

The Warriors, who slipped to 6-2-1, are now tied for second place with Howards Grove. Both teams trail Oostburg (6-1-2), which defeated Elkhart Lake, 4-0, on Monday.

“We weren’t sharp today with our passes and had some costly unforced errors that Christian capitalized on,” Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen said.

“We looked better in the second half, that’s for sure, but it’s awfully difficult to dig yourself out of a two-goal deficit.”

Christian (4-5) got a goal from Amanda Scheidt in the 14th minute and another from Becca Felten at 29 minutes.

Near-misses became a way of life in the game for Ozaukee, which hit the crossbar four times on shots. 

The Warriors were coming off a hard-fought game at Oostburg on May 6, when they battled the host Lady Dutch to a 0-0 tie in two overtimes.

Each team had several scoring chances but was unable to crack staunch defenses.

Turning in matching shutouts were two freshman goalkeepers — Ozaukee’s Erika Karrels and Oostburg’s Jocelyn Stemper.

CG-Belgium 2, Howards Grove 0

The host Rockets avenged a 1-0 loss to the Tigers last month by controlling play in a CLC rematch May 6.

Freshman forward Halie Schieffer gave Cedar Grove-Belgium the only goal it needed in the eighth minute when she played the ball to midfielder Hannah Kaul, who returned it to Schieffer for a scoring shot.

In the 58th minute, the Rockets picked up an insurance goal when Kaul scored with an assist from Alex Buechler.

“We were able to shut Howards Grove down,” said Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Papi Pozo, whose team improved its league record to 5-3. “Our defense really stepped up.”

The Rockets finished with a 13-10 edge in shots.

“Howards Grove only had one or two shots from close range,” Pozo said.

CG-Belgium 7, Elkhart Lake 0

Six players contributed goals for the Rockets in an easy home conference victory May 4.

After Liz Pritzl, Schieffer and Buechler scored in the first half, the rout continued with second-period goals by Schieffer, Kaul, Kaslin Ebbers and Rachel Slotman. Buechler, Erika Kirst and Brooke Koepsell each had an assist.

The Rockets held a 14-2 edge in shots. One of Elkhart Lake’s attempts was a first-half penalty kick that was stopped by goalkeeper Kristen Slotman.

Ozaukee 2, Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler 1

A pair of second-half goals propelled the Warriors to a league road win May 4.

Abbey Beck scored in the 45th minute, and Kait Beck doubled the advantage five minutes later.

Lutheran/Kohler cut the deficit with a goal by Danielle Hart in the 74th minute but couldn’t get any closer.

Karrels helped preserve the win with four saves.

“We played a little smarter in the second half, which allowed us to control the tempo of the game,” Liebergen said.

“Once we could spread out our opponent’s defense, we got better chances on goal.”

Ozaukee will continue conference play with 4:30 p.m. road games against Random Lake on Thursday and Elkhart Lake on May 18.

Cedar Grove-Belgium was scheduled to face Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler on Tuesday, play a 5:30 p.m. game at Oostburg on Thursday and host Kewaskum in a nonconference game at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

On May 18, the Rockets will travel to Random Lake for a 4:30 p.m. league contest.

 


OZAUKEE’S LINNEA SHAMIR (right) drove the ball past a Sheboygan Christian player during a Central Lakeshore Conference game Monday. Photo by Sam Arendt
 
Winning ugly PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Ostermann   
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 15:07

Misfires aside, Grafton girls’ soccer team finds way to defend championship in Pewaukee Cup tournament

Not all victories can be things of beauty.

The Grafton girls’ soccer team knows the feeling, especially after returning home with a championship trophy last weekend.

Although the Black Hawks were continually frustrated by missed scoring opportunities, they managed to successfully defend its title at the annual Pewaukee Lady Pirate Cup tournament.

“It was nice to win it, but it was frustrating, too, because we should have been much cleaner and smoother in the way we played,” said Grafton coach Don Arnold, whose team defeated Pewaukee, 2-1, in Saturday’s championship game.

“We created a ton of scoring opportunities, but we didn’t finish them. That’s been a problem all season for us.”

In the championship game, the Hawks piled up a 35-6 edge in shots but didn’t find the net until the second half.

Sophomore forward Hannah Eichler broke a scoreless tie in the 46th minute when she converted a follow-up on a ball teammate Carley Pfannerstill drove off the Pewaukee goalkeeper.

Six minutes later, Grafton stretched the margin to 2-0 on a goal by Emma Fatla. Hannah Knauer slipped a pass through the defense to set up the score.

The Pirates fought back and pulled within one goal by scoring off a free kick in the 63rd minute. They had several other scoring chances in the remaining time but couldn’t crack the Grafton defense, which was anchored by sweeper Audrey Dickmann and keeper Alissa Viste.

“We had 35 shots, but most of them were not hard hit at the keeper,” Arnold said. “We have to come at them hard and put more on the ball.”
Grafton, which improved its season record to 10-4-2, opened the four-team tournament with a 3-0 win over Kenosha St. Joseph on Friday.

The Hawks posted a 38-2 edge in shots for the game but managed only a 1-0 lead at halftime.

Eichler scored with an assist from Alyssa Arnold in the 29th minute.

In the second half, Ali Lorge added a pair of goals, with assists from Pfannerstill at 41 minutes and Tess Safstrom at 59 minutes.
Whitefish Bay 3, Grafton 1

The Hawks’ shot at the North Shore Conference title took a major blow with a hard-fought road loss May 4.

First-place Bay, one of the state’s top-ranked Division 1 teams, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute on a goal by Lydia Kaminsky.

Grafton drew even at 54:30 when Angie Mann scored off a long throw-in by Molly McElligott.

However, the Blue Dukes regained control with goals in the 61st and 67th minutes.

“We were disappointed in losing, but we never stopped playing hard,” Arnold said. “We gave ourselves several good scoring chances even after we fell behind by two goals.”

The loss dropped Grafton’s third-place conference record to 2-1-1. Bay improved to 4-0.

This week, the Hawks were scheduled to face Milwaukee Lutheran on Tuesday and will play nonconference games at Hartford at 5 p.m.
Thursday and at home against Whitefish Bay Dominican at 7 p.m. Friday.

On May 18, Grafton will resume NSC play by hosting Germantown at 7 p.m.            

Port Washington 2, Brown Deer 1 (2 OT)

Bre McDonald’s goal with four minutes left in the second overtime lifted the Pirates, who rallied for their first victory of the season in a nonconference road game May 5.

McDonald, a junior midfielder, took a pass and cut through the Brown Deer defense to net the winner.

“It was a big lift for us,” said Port coach Sean O’Brien, whose team improved to 1-6 overall. “Our captains (McDonald and Katie Barrows) really stepped up.”

Port trailed, 1-0, at halftime and didn’t pull even until the 60th minute when Barrows, a senior midfielder, scored off a pass from Jessica Donoian.

Both teams had numerous scoring chances, with Brown Deer holding a 14-11 edge in shots.

Goalkeeper Alexa Pallo helped keep the Pirates in contention with 13 saves.

Milwaukee Lutheran 4, Port Washington 1

The Pirates scored their first goal of the season but couldn’t prevent another loss in a North Shore Conference road game May 4.

Sophomore Caity Tydrick snapped Port’s offensive drought with a goal in the 58th minute that cut Lutheran’s lead to 3-1. The score was the Pirates’ first in six games.

However, the Red Knights countered with a goal in the 62nd minute.

“Lutheran’s speed caught us a little off guard in that game,” O’Brien said.

The loss dropped Port to 0-4 in league play.

The Pirates’ nonconference road game against Whitnall scheduled for last Friday was postponed due to inclement weather.

They were scheduled to resume NSC play against Cedarburg on Tuesday and will travel to Homestead on May 18 for another league game at 7 p.m.

 
Hawks fly past Dogs for softball victory PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 15:01
A fast start carried the Grafton softball team to a 6-1 win over Cedarburg in a North Shore Conference game Monday.

The host Black Hawks scored four times in the first inning and maintained that lead until the sixth, when they added two runs.

Cedarburg averted a shutout by scoring in the seventh.

The Bulldogs won the hit battle, 9-8, but couldn’t match the offensive punch of Grafton, which got two RBI apiece from Kaitlyn Brandenburg and Casey Assmann.

Amber Tanski and Kim Schacht each went 2-for-4 for the Hawks. Brandenburg and Assmann were both 1-for-4 with doubles.

Nicole Guhl and Rebecca Houdek had two hits apiece for Cedarburg.

Junior pitcher Aly Bartel threw a complete game for the win. She struck out two and walked none.

Cedarburg starter Erin Livingston also went the distance. She walked six and struck out one.

The win improved Grafton’s third-place league record to 5-3. Cedarburg fell to 2-7.
 
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