Rockets finish season nearly perfect

Enter Div. 4 playoffs as No. 2 seed; Ozaukee to play on the road vs. Kiel

CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM’S Abby Kraus kicked a ball past a Howards Grove defender last Thursday. Kraus scored the game’s only goal in the 70th minute to give the Rockets their 11th victory of the season. Cedar Grove-Belgium has only one loss heading into the Division 4 playoffs this week. Photos by Sam Arendt
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

The Cedar Grove-Belgium High School girls’ soccer team ended the regular season last week with just one blemish on its record.

The Rockets finished the year 11-1-1, just behind 12-0-1 Oostburg. The two rivals tied, 0-0, in April.

The Rockets’ only loss came against St. Mary Central, a 2-1 defeat on May 15.

“It was a tremendous regular season by these young ladies, for which we are extremely proud and encouraged by,” Coach Elias Garza said.

The Rockets earned a No. 2 seed in the Division 4 playoffs and host No. 15-seeded Kewaunee at 7 p.m. Thursday. The winner takes on the winner of No. 7-seeded St. Mary’s Springs and No. 10-seeded Random Lake on Saturday.

“Now the preparation and focus is only on the next game. It’s a whole new season, and this young team must improve on the level of play that brought us many positives until this point. We are excited and look forward to the opportunity against Kewaunee,” Garza said.

Last Thursday, the Rockets knocked off Howards Grove, 1-0.

Abby Kraus scored the game’s only goal in the 70th minute.

“It was a physical, hard fought and earned victory. It was great to have a challenging game to help prepare for the postseason. Howards Grove made us work for our 22 shots,” Garza said.

The Rockets’ defense limited the Tigers to six shots. Brooke Braga made four saves.

On May 22, the Rockets beat Roncalli, 11-0, on Senior Night. The game ended after 60 minutes via the 10-goal mercy rule.

Seniors Kaitlin Wieberdink, Kaitlyn Wollner, Elaine Pree, Brittany Teunissen and Jessica Rose were honored along with team manager Ryan Wonser.

Twenty-two players got on the field, and eight scored, including four seniors.

Rose had three goals and Pree had two. One score each came from Kelsey Lukens, Wollner, Haven Lanser, Alex Mentink, Kristin Oszuscik and Teunissen.

Rose and Teunissen each had two assists, and Ellie Felsinger, Kraus, Mentink, Haven Minick and Lukens each had one.

The Rockets outshot Roncalli, 55-1.

“A special thank you to all the seniors for their contributions on and off the field. It genuinely has been a joy having them as a part of this family the past four years. They will be surely missed by all,” Garza said.

Ozaukee dominates one game, ties another

The Warriors blew out Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 7-0, at home on May 22.

Marta Arroqui scored three goals, and Samantha Kroeger, Mikayla Penkwitz, Lydia Rassel and Loren Miller each had one.

Ashlee Mueller, Sonnet Bayer and Tammy Landing each had an assist.

Ozaukee took 35 shots.

Goalie Emily Jankowski made four saves.

Last Thursday, the Warriors tied New Holstein, 2-2, on the road.

Kroeger and Penkwitz scored for Ozaukee, and Bayer had an assist.

The Warriors, 5-6-2 in the Big East Conference and 8-6-2 overall, were to play at Mayville on Tuesday to finish the regular season.

Ozaukee earned a No. 9 seed in the Division 4 playoffs and plays at No. 8-seeded Kiel on Thursday.

The winner, if the seeds hold, will play No. 1-seeded Oostburg on Saturday. Oostburg on Thursday plays the winner of No. 16-seeded Valders and No. 17-seeded Roncalli.

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