It wasn’t going in the net like it normally does for the Winneconne Wolves girls soccer team.
Fortunately, it went in enough times for them to pick up the ‘W’
The Wolves tallied three goals and held the Berlin Indians to just two shots on net in a 3-0 win on Monday afternoon in Berlin.
“We struggled a little bit putting it in goal,” Winneconne coach Luis Sayavedra said. “But we won. It’s a conference game and we won.”
The chances came fast and furious for the Wolves out of the gate, but none of them found their way past Berlin keeper Makenzie Lambert.
The Wolves pressure was relentless, but every time Winneconne got close to the goal area, they had a touch that was too long, a pass that was too hard or a shot that couldn’t find the mark.
But the for as many chances as the Wolves had early, one was bound to find the net. And one did off the foot of Catlyn Dzioba in the 16th minute to put the Wolves up 1-0.
Berlin wasn’t scared off by the goal, however. They launched at counter-attack for about 10 minutes later in the first half that provided a couple of corner kicks and evened out the field.
“We were trying to push and trying to get that goal,” Berlin coach Jairo Granados said. “We were able to put on a little bit more pressure but it’s hard because they (Winneconne) are very well established on their lines.”
The Indians couldn’t capitalize on ther run, and Winneconne was able to create some space just before halftime.
Michelle Walker threaded a pass into the box for Courtney Swanlund, who’s shot deflected off of Lambert and into the goal with just 36 seconds remaining in the half to make it 2-0 Wolves.
“I thought it was really important because we were only up 1-0 and we don’t want it to get 1-1,” Swanlund said. “That’s too close. To get another goal on top of it, it was just a lot more comfortable.”
Berlin was unable to mount the same kind of counter in the second half and the Wolves kept pounding away at the Indians goal before it finally yielded an insurance goal on a rip by Walker off a cross to make the final tally 3-0.
“There were a lot of chances where there was one half of the field that was completely open and a lot the game was on the other side of the field,” Walker said. “It was nice, finally, to get the ball moving across the whole field.”
Kristin McAdow added an assist for the Wolves on Walker’s goal and keeper Taylor Tomcyzk pitched a shutout, tallying two saves for Winneconne in the win.
Lambert had 16 saves in net for the Indians in the loss, many of them solid ones.
For a young team like Berlin, playing against a team like Winneconne will only help them improve.
“That’s the only way to improve,” Granados said. “I see the girls doing some good things. This is a good experience for the girls.”
For Winneconne, the win keeps them undefeated at 11-0-1. But with dates with Eastern Valley Conference powerhouses Fox Valley Lutheran and Xavier looming soon, they know they need to shore some things up and keep their momentum going.
“We have to show up next week,” Sayavedra said. “We can’t miss like we missed today, we have to be a little tighter on defense and just play better.
“But we will do it. We will be prepared. The girls are going to be ready.”
Winneconne …2 1 — 3
Berlin …0 0 — 0
First half: WINN — Catlyn Dzioba, 16:04; WINN — Courtney Swanlund (Michelle Walker), 39:24.
Second half: WINN — Walker (Kristin McAdow), 73:12.
Saves: WINN (Taylor Tomcyzk) 2, BER (Makenzie Lambert) 16.