Early on, it looked like it would be Sheboygan South’s night.
The Redwings, perhaps a bit more seasoned a team, scored just four minutes into Friday night’s cross-town rivalry contest against Sheboygan North.
“I felt that we had the more experienced team coming in and with this being North’s second game only we would have a decided advantage,” South coach Paul Rivas said in a statement.
Despite the early score, South did anything but run away, weathering a North comeback before scoring late to earn a 2-1 Fox River Classic Conference win at Horace Mann Soccer Complex.
Rachel Van Sluys scored South’s first goal off an assist from Mimi Pulido.
“The (opening) goal brought the games’ intensity up and the game went back-and-forth,” Rivas said.
The Redwings (4-1, 2-0) made it to halftime up 1-0, but after intermission North came out ready.
The Golden Raiders scored to tie things up and scored again to go ahead, but the goal was disallowed due to a foul.
“We were not winning the balls that we did in the first half,” Rivas said. “(North’s second score) seemed to finally spark our team.”
A lineup change gave South some stability, and with about eight minutes remaining Van Sluys played a ball across to Karli Noll, who scored to put the Redwings up 2-1.
“I feel these two teams are going to battle all season at the top of the conference,” Rivas said.
Ozaukee 4, Kenosha St. Joe’s 0
The Warriors improved to 7-0 on the season with a dominating win at home.
Emily Janke, Natalie Clark and Katie Bares helped put Ozaukee up 3-0 at halftime, and Clark added another goal in the second half.
Clark, Kaylee Lopp and Bares all recorded assists.
Erika Karrels posted the shutout in goal, making four saves.
Oostburg 2, Valders 1
Maranda Huibregtse beat the Vikings’ keeper in a one-on-one in the first half, and Austin Wilterdink put the Dutch (7-0-1) up 2-0 before half with a penalty kick.
Sydney Guntman scored in the second half for Valders.
New Holstein 1, Springs 1 (2OT)
Laiken Meyer scored the equalizer for the Huskies in the 77th minute of the non-conference contest.
“It won’t go down as our best game of the year, but both teams fought hard to the end,” New Holstein coach Nate Laabs said in a statement.
Maggie Kelly scored in the 20th minute for Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs.