Pirates stay on top of things early

Port remains undefeated by winning home soccer quad; Grafton shows scoring punch

IT WAS A BATTLE FOR THE BALL last Friday with Port Washington junior midfielder Madison Zwicker (5) and sophomore defender Ella Schmit teaming up against Madison Edgewood sophomore Lizzie Drake in Port’s quadrangular tournament. The teams finished in an 0-0 draw, but Port prevailed in a shootout and went on to win the tournament with a 4-1 victory over New Holstein on Saturday. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

 

The Port Washington girls’ soccer team is off to a hot start this season, remaining undefeated last week after five games.

The Pirates won their quad tournament last weekend, scoring a shootout victory over Madison Edgewood on Friday and beating New Holstein, 4-1, on Saturday.

In the title game, Molly Fyhrlund put Port ahead early, 1-0, with an assist from Madison Zwicker.

The Huskies tied the game on a free kick, but that’s all the Pirates’ defense would allow.

Kelly Fischer gave Port the lead for good with an assist from Tess Schueller. Payton Hurley scored on an assist from Madelyn Wehner and Megan Barian scored unassisted.

“We moved the ball around with more purpose in the New Holstein game, and we will need to make a habit of that in order to grow offensively,” Port coach Eric Liebergen said. “I was pleased to see so many players contributing on our goals.”

On Friday, the Pirates battled the cold and wind to a draw against Madison Edgewood.

The Pirates won the shootout, 3-1. Zwicker, Lizzy Karrels and Wehner made their attempts.

Goalie Kaytlin Kassens made a save on Madison Edgewood’s first attempt and nearly made another on the second. The third hit a post and the fourth went wide.

On April 24, Port knocked off North Shore Conference rival Nicolet, 3-1, on the road.

The host Knights broke a scoreless tie in the 19th minute, but the Pirates answered five minutes later on a goal from Barian with an assist from Zwicker.

The score remained 1-1 at halftime.

In the 51st minute, Lyndie Krueger scored with an assist from Zwicker to give Port the lead. Krueger scored her second goal in the 90th minute.

This week, the Pirates, 3-0-2 overall and 2-0 in the NSC, were scheduled to host NSC foe Cedarburg (1-1-1 NSC) on Tuesday, non-conference opponent Milwaukee King at 4:30 p.m. Thursday and league foe Whitefish Bay (2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday in a rescheduled game.

Black Hawks show scoring prowess

The Grafton girls’ soccer team dropped its final two games Saturday in the Laura Moynihan Invitational at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, but dominated in two games before that.

On Friday, the Hawks kicked off the tournament with a 6-0 win over Fond du Lac that included goals from six players.

Malaya Sperber got the party started with an assist from Gretchen Geiser three minutes into the game. Geiser scored in the 16th minute on an assist from Isabella Rapp. Hailey Block scored in the 29th minute unassisted, and then assisted Rapp in the 35th minute to make it 4-0 at halftime.

Alyssa Jobe scored in the 64th minute with an assist from Sperber, and Faith Kettenhoven finished the scoring in the 74th minute on an assist from Claire Kosidowski.

“That’s the nice thing about us, we’ve got some kids that can score goals and create opportunities, and they like sharing the ball,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.

Goalie Corbin Woessner played 75 minutes and Payton Riddle 15. Neither needed to make a save.

“It was a pretty solid defensive effort. We maintained a lot of possession,” Arnold said.

On Saturday, the Hawks lost to Sheboygan North, 2-0, and Hudson, 2-1.

Against North, “We didn’t create any fluid chances. We were a bit off and they were very aggressive. They would attack in big numbers,” Arnold said.

Woessner made two saves.

Against Hudson, the Hawks were missing seven starters due to prom.

“It was a great opportunity for some of the players coming off the bench. A couple of junior-varsity girls helped,” Arnold said.

“They did a great job. At the end we had some good opportunities to score the equalizer. I was actually really excited for the team,” Arnold said.

Geiser scored the Hawks’ only goal with an assist from Kosidowski.

At North Shore Conference rival Homestead on April 25, Grafton won a rout, 6-0. It was the Hawks’ first game since April 12, and they were excited to play.

Sperber scored 16 seconds into the game, and Block added two first-half goals.

Block scored her third goal in the 48th minute, and Rapp scored in the 61st with assists from Sperber and Geiser. Sperber rounded out the scoring in the 68th minute with an assist from Geiser.

“When you score early it makes you more confident going forward,” Arnold said.

The Hawks, 2-0 in the NSC and 3-3 overall, were scheduled to play 2-0 powerhouse Whitefish Bay on Tuesday at Cedarburg. On Friday, the Hawks play at Slinger (0-1-1 NSC) and on Tuesday at Nicolet (0-1-1).

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