Soccer teams hit playoffs on high note

Port, Grafton easily win their regular season finales

MACKENZIE SCHULTZ has been one of several Grafton Black Hawks that has made scoring difficult for opponents this soccer season. Photos by Sam Arendt Buy photos at
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Grafton High School’s soccer team didn’t play a home game this season since its field is being replanted, but West Bend East was nice enough to allow the Black Hawks to hold Senior Night at its home last Friday.

The Hawks celebrated with a 10-0 victory.

Malaya Sperber scored 92 seconds into the game, added another first-half goal and two more in the second.

Hailey Block scored twice, and Gretchen Geiser, Stephanie Balistreri and Isabella and Brianna Rapp each scored one.

Block had two assists, and Sperber, Geiser, Balistreri, Isabella Rapp and Laura Stockhausen each had one.

Goalie Corbin Woessner didn’t need to make a save in 45 minutes, and Payton Riddle made one in 25 minutes.

“East had a number of injuries,” coach Don Arnold said.

The game was 6-0 at halftime.

“We came out and played our game, and with our speed and touches we were able to create a lot of scoring opportunities,” Arnold said.

He expressed thanks to East for letting Grafton honor its seniors.

“This wouldn’t have happened if they weren’t kind enough to do that,” he said.

The Hawks finished second in the North Shore Conference at 8-1, behind Whitefish Bay’s 9-0.

The Hawks, 10-5 overall, earned No. 2 seed in the Division 3 playoffs.

They host No. 15-seeded Milwaukee School of Languages at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon.

The winner takes on the winner of No. 7-seeded Whitewater and No. 10-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday, June 2.

“We’re healthy. We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing. It’s worked so far this year,” Arnold said.

“Just sharpen everything up and keep everybody mentally focused.”

Port wins nonconference game on the road

The Pirates beat Waukesha North, 3-1, last Thursday in their final tune-up before the postseason.

Claire Holtebeck scored in the eighth minute on an assist from Megan Barian.

“Claire has had an offensive awakening in the past couple games, and Megan has been dynamic in breaking defenses down all season,” coach Eric Liebergen said.

The Pirates allowed a goal on a corner kick in the 49th minute, but bounced back with a goal from Barian six minutes later on an assist from Lizzy Karrels.

“It was a perfect slotted pass from Karrels,” Liebergen said.

Lyndie Krueger added an unassisted goal in the 74th minute.

“It was a 35-plus yard shot that Lyndie saw the keeper far off her line. Great awareness,” Liebergen said.

The Pirates earned a No. 5 seed in the Division 2 playoffs and host No. 12-seeded Kaukauna at 5 p.m. Thursday.

 The winner plays the winner of No. 4-seeded Brookfield East against No. 13-seeded West Bend West on Saturday.

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