Sheboygan South’s girls soccer team kept alive its quest for a first-ever berth to State, upsetting top-seeded Kimberly 2-1 Thursday in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal at Kimberly.
The fourth-seeded Redwings (19-3-5) admittedly didn’t play their best first half, but a solid defensive performance helped them hold the Papermakers (20-3-3) scoreless until after halftime.
“They were very tough,” South coach Paul Rivas said, noting Kimberly controlled the tempo and outplayed his team “in every aspect of the game” through the first period.
But things changed after intermission.
Mimi Pulido — who’s been one of South’s go-to scorers all season — scored a few minutes into the second period. Rachel Van Sluys, another of South’s leading scorers, added a goal a few minutes later to give the Redwings a 2-0 advantage.
The early second-half goals spurred South’s tempo and helped turn the momentum. Kimberly scored shortly after Van Sluys did, but the Redwings held steady the rest of the way.
The Redwings have won eight of their last nine games — including five straight. They play De Pere at 4:30 p.m. Saturday; the winner of that game will advance to State.
De Pere beat South 1-0 when the teams played each other in April. It was the Redwings’ only Fox River Classic Conference loss of the season.
De Pere 3, Sheb. North 0
The Golden Raiders’ season came to an end in a rematch of the FRCC co-champions at De Pere.
The two teams tied during their regular-season clash, but the second-seeded Redbirds (18-4-3) got the upper hand over the Raiders (17-4-3) on this day.
“It was a game of missed scoring opportunities for North during the game,” said North coach Tim Eirich. “De Pere played a very good game and converted on their scoring chances.”
Still, Eirich said he couldn’t be happier with how his team persevered during a very successful spring.
“North had an outstanding season. It was a great group of athletes and students to coach,” he said. “I’m extremely proud of all of them.”