Everything was a blur for Rachel Metz when the Assumption girls soccer team played for the state championship in 2011.
Metz, a freshman at the time, thought it was a great experience, but didn’t really comprehend the enormity of the situation her team was.
Now a senior, she’s well aware of what’s at stake.
Assumption (21-3) takes on New Holstein (18-3-3) for at 10 a.m. Saturday in the WIAA Division 4 title game at Uihlein Soccer Park.
“The first time, I didn’t realize what was going on because I was just 14 years old,” she said, “but now I’m a senior and I’m so excited to play for the title. To be in this position was our goal all season.”
Assumption played 100 minutes of scoreless soccer against Lake Country Lutheran in the state semifinals and won by outscoring the Lightning 5-4 in a penalty kick shootout. New Holstein, which won the Division 3 title in 2010, beat No. 1 Racine St. Catherine’s 2-1 in its semifinal.
In addition to Metz, four other seniors were on the 2011 state team. Senior Mary Sigler is the squad’s leading scorer with 90 points this season on 39 goals and 12 assists. Sophomore Jasmine Hunn is second in scoring with 44 points (17, 10) and freshman Gracie Wendels has scored eight goals and been credited with 15 assists.
New Holstein has two main scorers in senior Laiken Meyer with 48 points and junior Karissa Preston is a 32-point performer.
Between the posts, the Royals have sophomore Gena Grunhoffer, who stopped 13 shots, including one against LCL in the shootout, and has a .996 save percentage. Senior Alicia Kahl has a .920 save percentage for the Wolves.
Since a three-game skid early in the season, New Holstein has an 18-game unbeaten streak heading into the championship, while Assumption has won five straight since its 2-1 loss to Division 1 Wisconsin Rapids. The Royals lost to D.C. Everest, a Division 1 state tournament team and avenged their only other loss by beating La Crosse Aquinas in the sectional semifinal.
“This has been our goal all year,” said Assumption coach John Bingham, who was the coach during the 2011 state run. “We wanted to get back down here, win our first game, play for a championship and win the gold ball.”
New Holstein was the Eastern Wisconsin Conference runner-up and has made four previous tournament appearances.
Sadie Zurfluh, Jenny Wanta and Sigler were also on Assumption’s state tournament basketball teams the past two years.
“I’m so excited,” Zurfluh said. “I want us to be the first team to put up a state championship banner and win a gold ball for soccer.”