Overmatched Shawano packed it in against Sheboygan North in Thursday’s WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal at Horace Mann Soccer Complex.
But the No. 6-seeded Golden Raiders wouldn’t be deterred, securing a 1-0 victory to move on.
North and Sheboygan South will meet again on Saturday at 6 p.m. for a regional title.
Ali Addesso scored in the opening 10 minutes off an Abby Veeser assist. The Raiders (8-7) dealt with nine Shawano defenders in the box, but snuck one through.
“We didn’t make it easy on ourselves,” said North coach Tim Eirich. “They packed it in, there was no room in there to move. But we had opportunities.”
Sheboygan South 6, Kaukauna 0
The Redwings, fresh off earning their program’s first Fox River Classic Conference championship, got just the start to the postseason they were looking for.
Kate Ristow opened Sheboygan’s South’s scoring, and Stacie Stone added two more first-half goals to put the Redwings ahead 3-0 at intermission. Baylee Rivas, Sara Schrank and Mimi Pulido each scored goals in the second period despite stepped-up Kaukauna defense.
Sheboygan, which entered the Division 1 playoffs with a No. 3 seed, improved to 13-2 overall with Thursday’s win.
“It was a good game for us,” South coach Paul Rivas said. “The big thing this time of year, you want to have a decent scoring and see everyone playing at a high level.”
Sheboygan Falls 2, Delavan-Darian 1
The eighth-seeded Falcons picked up goals in the first half and second half — first by Jenna Howard, then by Tiffany Fischer — to pull to a two-goal lead before ninth-seeded Delavan-Darien got on the board with a late score.
“I thought our defense played really well,” Sheboygan Falls coach Brian Mentink said. “We got a little tired at the end I thought, but we really did a nice job shutting down their offense.”
Falls will play top-seeded Catholic Memorial in a regional final on Saturday.
East Troy 0
Sigrun Adalgeirsdottir scored about five minutes into the second half to give seventh-seeded Plymouth a regional semifinal win.
The Panthers launched eight shots on goal to East Troy’s zero. Plymouth is expected to face second-seeded Pewaukee in a regional final on Saturday.
“We completely controlled the game on their half of the field,” Plymouth coach Brad Feick said in a statement. “… East Troy defended well and kept us out of the net. We made a few adjustments at halftime to create more space in front of the net, and Sigrun was able to finish. Our defense played very aggressively.”
Random Lake 0
The host Warriors led 2-0 just nine minutes into the game, and improved to 17-1-1 with the regional semifinal victory.
Natalie Clark scored a pair of goals, and Lizzie Janke and Katie Bares added scores for the Warriors, the state’s top-ranked team in Division 3.
Ashley Preisler and Emily Janke provided assists in the win.
Howards Grove 2, Sheb. Christian 0
Morgan Edge scored both of the game’s goals as the host Tigers got past the Eagles.
Edge scored in the 10th minute off an Allison Schmid assist, and in the 67th minute on a breakaway.
“We played well as a team tonight,” said Howards coach Eric Worth. “I’m pleased to be where we are right now and excited to see what our team will bring when we take the field on Saturday.”
Howards (11-7) outshot Christian 18-4; Brittany Wehrmann had five saves in goal for the Tigers.
Oostburg 5, Roncalli 0
Oostburg’s quest to get back to State for the second year in a row got off to a good start.
Maranda Huibregtse notched a hat trick, Krystle van Deursen and Maria Huibregtse each scored once in the regional semifinal win.
Maranda Huibregtse scored first-half goals in the second and eighth minutes, and scored another goal just more than two minutes into the second period.
Then van Deursen added to Oostburg’s tally in the 53rd minute. Maria Huibregtse scored later in the half.
New Holstein 4, Lutheran/Kohler 1
Karissa Preston, Nikki Reese, Olivia Petrie and Laiken Meyer each scored goals for New Holstein to push the Huskies to Saturday’s regional finals.
Kitty O’Neil scored Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler’s in the 21st minute.
G.B. NEW Lutheran 3, Kiel 1
Green Bay NEW Lutheran ended Kiel’s season with a 3-1 loss in Thursday’s regional semifinal.
No other information about the game was immediately available.