Ozaukee’s girls soccer team had to rebound quickly from a loss last week to Oostburg if it wanted to keep its grasp on at least a share of the Central Lakeshore Conference crown.
After that 1-0 loss, which gave Oostburg at least a share of the crown and put the Flying Dutchmen half a game in front of Ozaukee in the chase for the title, the Warriors would have just one more chance — in a game Tuesday night against Cedar Grove-Belgium — to close that ½-game gap.
The Warriors (16-1-1, 12-1-1 CLC) took full advantage of that chance, rolling to a 3-1 win over the Rockets to close out the regular season and assure the team finished with a piece of the championship.
“I was proud of the girls,” Ozaukee coach Eric Liebergen said. “Probably had a little bit of added pressure being (the) last game of the season, Oostburg is already ahead of us by that half game and knowing that we had to get the win in order to try to win the share of the title. So that was added pressure.”
Emily Janke gave Ozaukee’s first score in the 38th minute to put the Warriors ahead 1-0 at halftime. Emma Yanke and Natalie Clark scored goals in the second half. Katie Bares lent assists on all three scores.
Cedar Grove’s Brooke Keller cut Ozaukee’s lead to 2-1 late in the second half, but couldn’t close the gap. Clark’s goal five minutes later and with fewer than 10 minutes left in the game gave the Warriors some insurance.
Sheboygan Falls 10, Waupun 1
Tiffany Fischer tallied a hat trick and Sheboygan Falls picked up scores from six other players Tuesday to end a regular season that saw the Falcons pick up their fourth straight conference championship — or a share of it.
The Falcons (12-1-1, 6-0-1 EWC) finished the season tied atop the conference with Plymouth. Falls is scheduled to play Delavan-Darien in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday.
“We ended the regular season well and hopefully we can keep playing well going into the postseason,” Falls coach Brian Mentink said.
Fischer scored three goals to power the Falcons, who also got scores — one each — from Jenna Howard, Erica Duda, Molly Sauve, Nicole Prider, Jensen Hamilton and Becky Raeder. Waupun also put the ball in its own net to give the Falcons one of their goals.
Waupun scored on a penalty kick in the first half.
New Holstein 2, Kiel 1
Lexi Peterson put the Huskies up just 45 seconds into the second half before Kiel’s Morgan Rabe tied things in the 77th minute.
The game would stay 1-1 until Nikki Reese scored off Karissa Preston’s assist in the 93rd minute for the win.
“I’m proud with the resilience we showed tonight,” New Holstein coach Nate Laabs said in a statement. “We had many chances to pull further ahead, so when they equalized it was very devastating.”
New Holstein improved to 7-7-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference.
“This is a big step for us as we will face this sort of adversity in the playoffs all of the time,” Laabs said. “I thought that Danielle Brenner really controlled the middle of the field today and played outstanding.”
The Huskies host Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler Thursday in a regional semifinal. Kiel travels to Green Bay NEW Lutheran the same night.