MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Eight teams advanced to the finals of the 2019 State Girls Soccer Tournament Saturday after winning their semifinal match-ups in Divisions 1 and 4 Friday and in Divisions 2 and 3 on Thursday at KOHLER Engines Field at Uihlein Soccer Park.
Muskego (16-4-2) upended top-seeded Waunakee 2-1 in the semifinals Friday to advance to the championship game Saturday.
Despite being outshot 16-7 in the game, including 10-2 in shots on goal, the Warriors made the most of their limited opportunities. Their only shot of the first half found the mark when Heather Blair scored with an assist from Mackenzie Balcerek at the 13:45 mark.
Muskego increased its lead to 2-0 at 61:51 in the second half on a Jackie Jares goal assisted by Blair.
Waunakee scored its only goal with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game on penalty shot by Sarah McLaughlin at 80:30.
Cailey Radtke was the winning goalkeeper, stopping nine shots. Balcerek, Jares and Madeline Thorstad each had four shots to lead Muskego. Alyssa Kuhn allowed a pair of goals without a save for Waunakee. McLaughlin led all players in shots attempted with six, including four on goal.
Muskego advances to the title game for the first time in six State Tournament appearances, and Waunakee (18-3-2) ends its season with its third State experience.
Third-seeded Divine Savior Holy Angels (14-6-4) edged former defending champion and #2 seed Bay Port 1-0 in the second semifinal game played Friday afternoon.
The only score of the game came at the 34:22 point of the first half. Sonja Kuranz took a centering pass from Tyler Rose Ayudan and rocketed it into the net for the goal.
The shots were even at seven apiece with the Pirates possessing a slight advance in shots on goal at 5-3. Jillian Van Treeck started in goal for the Dashers, but was replaced by Laura Fotitwo minutes into the game with an injury. The tandem didn’t allow a Pirates goal with Foti making two saves and earning credit for the victory. Tess Phillips led the Dashers in shots with three, all on goal.
Megan Nygaard made four saves for the Pirates and allowed the lone goal of the game. Ava Style led Bay Port on the attack with three shots, including one on goal.
The Dashers will play for their fifth State championship in their nine tourney appearances, and Bay Port’s quest for back-to-back titles was thwarted in its fifth State experience.
The Prairie School (17-3-2), the top seed in Division 4, blanked Kettle Moraine Lutheran 2-0 in the semifinals to advance to the championship game Saturday.
After a scoreless first half that produced three shots on goal by both teams, The Hawks ramped up their offensive attack in the second half, outshooting the Chargers 17-1.
The Prairie School tallied the first goal of the game at the 65:26 mark with the first of two unassisted goals by Cate Patterson. She sailed a kick in from the corner of the box to the far post to give the Hawks all the scoring they would need. She added an insurance goal at 83:40 on another kick that entered the net inside the far post.
The Hawks had a 21-5 advantage in shots, including a 14-4 edge in shots on goal. Patterson placed eight of her nine shots on goal to lead The Prairie School offense. Kate McPhee chipped in with four shots, and Maddie Yde added three shots. Goalkeeper Maggie Dreifuerst preserved the shutout by making four stops to earn the victory in goal.
Megan Von Behren attempted two shots that were placed on goal to lead the Chargers offensively. Goalkeeper Faith Zulegar yielded two goals and made 12 saves.
The Prairie School advances to the championship game for the sixth time in pursuit of its second State title. Kettle Moraine Lutheran (14-11) concludes its season with its third State appearance.
Second-seeded Oostburg (18-1-4) and St. Mary Catholic played to a scoreless tie, leading to a shootout to determine which team advanced to the title game.
The Lady Dutch recorded a 4-3 advantage in the seven shots of the shootout to advance to the championship game.
Both teams were limited in the scoring opportunities. Oostburg attempted eight shots in regulation, including four that were on goal, and St. Mary Catholic attempted just two shots through the first two periods, but neither required a save.
The Zephyrs were the only team to put a shot on goal in the first overtime period, but that attempted turned into the first and only save of the game by Lady Dutch goalkeeper Skylar Ternes. Neither team recorded a shot in the second overtime period.
Gia Minneci, Maisie Ten Dolle and Ella Ten Pas each had two shots for Oostburg, and Haley Johnson, Sydney Andersen and Kate Roloff had the three shots taken by the Zephyrs, and Greta Norville made four saves in goal for St. Mary Catholic.
The Lady Dutch will make their first appearance in the championship game in three State experiences, and St. Mary Catholic is eliminated from their ninth State appearance.
2017 champion and top-seeded Whitefish Bay (24-1) scored a 5-0 victory over Marshfield in its Division 2 semifinal Thursday evening.
The Blue Dukes outshot the Tigers 25-1 in the game, including an 18-1 advantage in shots on goal. They scored three times in the first half. Sophia Bliffert started the scoring with a shot to the right side of the goal off an assist from Maggie Starker at 29:11. Starker then scored an unassisted goal at 33:52. Molly Keiper increased the Blue Dukes’ lead to 3-0 just before halftime with a goal at 44:00 off an assist by Anna Franceschi.
Keiper scored the first goal of the second half, knocking in a low centering pass from Starker at 59:19. The final goal of the game came at 85:50 when Caroline Davis scored off an assist from Katie Hirst.
Emma Deslongchamps was credited with the win in goal for the Blue Dukes. She held the Tigers scoreless, making one save in 65 minutes of action. Abbey Yarbrough spent the final 25 minutes in goal without facing a shot on goal.
Mikayla Brueggen allowed four goals with 11 saves for the Tigers, and Ava Santerme spent the final 6:33 in goal, making two saves and surrendering one goal.
The Blue Dukes continue on their quest to defend their title from a year ago, and Marshfield (14-8-2) ends the season with the program’s first State Tournament appearance.
Last season’s runner-up and second-seeded Oregon (17-0-1) notched a 2-0 win over Brookfield East in the other Division 2 semifinal Thursday evening.
Ella Hughes scored the Panthers’ first goal of the game at the 40:38 mark of the first half. She knocked in a goal off an assist from Ashley Hanson. In the second half, Oregon scored on an unassisted goal by Kaitlyn Schrimpf at 63:13 to conclude all the scoring in the game.
The Panthers outshot the Spartans 8-5 in the game, including a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal. Melia Moyer made three saves in goal to pick up the win for Oregon, and Shannon Coryell surrendered two goals and stopped four shots in goal for Brookfield East.
Oregon returns to the finals for the second year in a roll seeking the program’s second championship, and Brookfield East (8-13-1) is eliminated from its fourth State appearance.
Catholic Memorial (24-4-1), the top-seeded team in Division 3, rolled to a 5-0 win over Ashland (20-3-2) in its semifinal.
The Crusaders scored the only goal they would need just 2:23 into the contest when Lauren Brown scored the first of her three goals of the game off a cross from Abby Piette. Shannon McWilliams increased the Crusaders’ lead to 2-0 at 30:57 with a goal off an assist from Allie Bonner.
Brown added an unassisted goal early in the second half at 46:03, and Emma Westrick gave Catholic Memorial a 4-0 advantage at the 53:36 mark with long shot that tucked inside the left corner of the net for the unassisted goal. Brown capped the scoring with an unassisted goal at 61:22.
The Crusaders outshot the Oredockers 15-1 in the game, including a game-high five shots by Brown. Marina Evert went the distance in goal for Catholic Memorial without having to make a save. Zoe Pearce made four saves for Ashland. Hailey Zak was the only player credited with a shot for the Oredockers.
Catholic Memorial advances to the championship game for the 14th time in pursuit of the program’s 11th State title. The Oredockers end their season with their fourth State appearance.
Second-seeded Edgewood (18-2-2) defeated former defending champion Notre Dame 3-1 in its semifinal game Thursday afternoon.
The Crusaders scored the first half’s only goal off a Hailey Rothwell unassisted deflection in front of the goal at the 17:39 mark of the period.
Rothwell added the first goal of the second half at the 61:56 mark. She place a shot off an assist from Jordy Rothwell in the upper right area of the net. Jordy Rothwell added a goal of her own at 77:04 off of a rebound of a corner kick.
The Tritons scored their only goal at 87:01 when Jenna Cuene drove a shot in just below the crossbar off an assist from Emily Lin.
Elle Meriggioli yielded one goal without making a save for the Crusaders before Kate Ferreri spent the final three minute in goal for Edgewood. Alana Bergin made two saves in goal for the Tritons.
The Crusaders are back in the title game seeking their third State title, and Notre Dame (13-7-3) falls out of title contention in its sixth State experience.