When early is just often enough

Highlight-reel goal from TenHaken on Minick corner kick wins semifinal

CEDAR GROVE-BELGIUM junior defender Haven Minick popped a perfect corner kick to Amy TenHaken, who booted the ball out of the air to the upper right corner of the goal 97 seconds into the soccer team’s semifinal game against Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld. The Rockets won, 1-0. Photos by Sam Arendt
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MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A thunderstorm delayed the start of Cedar Grove-Belgium High School girls’ soccer team’s state semifinal game Friday at Uihlein Park in Milwaukee, but the Rockets didn’t dawdle in scoring the game’s only goal.

Just 97 seconds into the contest against Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld, Haven Minick popped up a corner kick to Amy TenHaken just outside the box. TenHaken kicked the ball out of the air and shot it through the upper left corner of the goal. The Vanguards’ goalkeeper was helpless.

“It was completely unreal. I wasn’t even expecting it to go in. It was so early in the game. We were just getting used to everything,” TenHaken said.

“I was kind of in shock the first few seconds, and then I celebrated after.”

Minick was just as surprised.

“When Amy took it in, I don’t think I’ve ever been more happy. It was so unexpected,” she said.

Coach Elias Garza was blown away.

“That’s one of the most difficult shots that we’ve ever seen. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a goal like that in high school,” he said.

The score, he said, eased any nerves the Rockets and their coaches had and made the adjustment to wet turf all the easier.

“I think that really just got us up and helped us keep the intensity up. We knew that we had it and we had to play smart the rest of the game,” senior co-captain Brittany Teunissen said.

Senior co-captain Jessica Rose said it sparked the team.

“It made us all go even harder than we were before because we had the energy and the momentum,” she said.

At halftime, the Rockets decided to turn up the intensity a notch.

“We knew that they were going to go hard because we were up 1-0 so we had to go harder,” sophomore midfielder Abby Kraus said.

Minick, who single-handedly stopped a breakaway in the 58th minute with a diving tackle, said the team had to play within itself.

“It was just a matter of let’s not get ahead of ourselves because we’re up by one. Just keep them back and pressure as much as we can,” she said.

The Rockets did that the entire game, racking up 16 shots — including six by Rose — to the Vanguards’ two.

It didn’t hurt that the wind was a non-factor in the first half and switched directions to go with the Rockets in the second.

“We felt comfortable throughout creating chances and played good team defense ,limiting Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld offensively. It was good team effort, play and a good result in front of the many loyal Cedar Grove-Belgium fans that made the journey down to Uihlein to cheer the team on,” Garza said.

He singled out two sophomore efforts.

“The midfielders played a tremendous game between Kelsey (Lukens) and Amy TenHaken with the chemistry they’ve developed. They were huge,” he said.

 

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