Muskego, Whitefish Bay, Plymouth & Kiel Win State Girls Soccer Titles


Muskego, Whitefish Bay, Plymouth & Kiel Win State Girls Soccer Titles

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Muskego, Whitefish Bay, Plymouth & Kiel Win State Girls Soccer Titles

Milwaukee, Wis. –  Four champions were earned at the State Girls Soccer Tournament at Southeast Sales Powersports Stadium at Uihlein Soccer Park Saturday.

Top-seeded Muskego (18-1-2) won its second consecutive State title in Division 1 with a 3-1 triumph over third-seeded Kettle Moraine (15-3-2) in the championship game.

The Warriors controlled the tempo throughout the game, scoring the game’s first goal at the 23:27 mark of the first half. Maggie Mattek deflected a pass into the goal. Jess Fernau and Ella Mudlaff were each credited with an assist. Fernau also assisted on the Warriors’ second goal, along with Mattek, when Anna Sikorski scored from the center of the box at the 56:21 point of the second half. Muskego’s third goal was scored by Taylor Czarapata, an unassisted tally at 76:55.

The Lasers prevented a shutout with by scoring with less than three minutes to play in the game when Eiley Henderson scored an unassisted goal at 77:17.

The Warriors had a commanding advantage statistically, outshooting the Lasers 20-7, including a 12-5 gap in shots on goal. Fernau recorded a game-high eight shots with five directed on goal. Anna Sikorski chipped in with five shots. Ella Kratochvil served all 80 minutes in goal to be credited with the win with four saves.

The Lasers were paced offensively by Henderson with six shots, including five on goal. Erika Panella went the distance in goal for the Lasers and compiled nine saves.

Muskego wins the State championship for the third time in the program’s eight tournament appearances, and Kettle Moraine finishes runner-up in its fifth experience in the State Tournament.

The Division 2 championship game featured a rematch of the teams in last year’s title game. Last year’s runner-up and second-seeded Whitefish Bay (21-4-1) defeated last year’s champion and top-seeded Oregon (21-1-2) 2-1.

After a scoreless first half, Oregon took a 1-0 lead on an unassisted goal by Aubree Caya at 52:26 of the second half. Sofia Englund tied the game for the Blue Dukes at 56:22 with a goal on a shot from in front of the net off a cross from Lucia Englund, who was credited with the assist. The game-winning goal was an own goal when a shot toward the left side of the goal was deflected into the net by a Panther defender at 64:35.

Whitefish Bay had a 13-11 advantage in shots, including a 9-8 edge in shots on goals. The Panthers had a 10-3 advantage in corner kicks. 

Lucia Englund led all players in shots with six, including five on goal, and Sofia Englund added four shots for the Blue Dukes. Riley Franklin went the distance in goal and was credited with the win with seven saves.

Offensively for the Panthers, Katelyn Studebaker led the squad with five shots, including three on goal. Reese McCabe had seven saves in goal for Oregon.

Whitefish Bay won its 10th title in a membership-leading 23 appearances at the State Tournament for the Blue Dukes, and Oregon finishes runner-up in its eighth experience in the tourney.

Third-seeded Plymouth (21-1-2) defeated top-seeded Edgewood (19-2-2) 2-1 in the title game to capture the Division 3 championship.

The Panthers broke a scoreless tie at halftime with a goal by Melina Knowles at the 59:11 in the second half. She rebounded her shot and put it past the goalkeeper with an assist from Hailey Batzner. Plymouth added a goal moments later at 60:54 when Sarah Welsch scored on a free kick from outside the box.

The Crusaders cut their deficit to 2-1 with an unassisted goal at 73:20 by Isabel Iannacchino, but the Panthers kept Edgewood scoreless the remainder of the game to clinch the victory.

Edgewood outshot Plymouth 10-9 in the game, including a 7-5 advantage in shots on goal as well as a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.

Paige Kurtz was credited with the win in goal for the Panthers, making six saves. Welsch and Batzner led the Panthers with three shots apiece. The Crusaders were led in shots by Somona Bever with a game-high four, and Clara Insolia played all 80 minutes in goal, making three saves.

Plymouth won its first State title in their third State Tournament experience, and Edgewood finishes runner-up in their seventh State appearance.

Second-seeded Kiel (28-0-1) capped an undefeated season with a record-breaking 6-5 victory over top-seeded Cedar Grove-Belgium (20-3-2) in the Division 4 championship game.

The six goals for Kiel set a Division 4 record for most goals in a game, and the 11 goals scored collectively by the two teams set an all-division record for most goals in a championship game.

Kiel’s Taylor Schad started the offensive show early with a goal at 1:12 of the first half. Kahleah Knight erased the Rockets’ deficit with a goal at 6:28 of the first half. Cora Erickson gave the Rockets a 2-1 lead at the 13:28 mark with a breakaway goal assisted by Olivia Bahr, which concluded the first half scoring.

Schad’s second goal, assisted by Taavi Saeger, tied the game at 2-2 at the 44:54 point of the second half, but the Rockets regained the lead less than two minutes later at 46:48 when Erickson assisted on a goal by Alexis Bahr.

Schad’s third goal knotted the score at 3-3 at the 52:48 mark of the second half. The goal was assisted by Taavi Saeger and Addison Vogel. Schad wasn’t finished finding the net. She added her Division 4, record-setting fourth goal less than six minutes later at 58:34 to give the Raiders a 4-3 advantage. Saeger added what appeared to be an insurance score on an unassisted goal from 40-yards out for a 5-3 Kiel lead at 73:05.

However, Erickson scored her second goal of the game navigating through four defenders and finding the net at the 74:33 mark, and Hailey Prom tied the game at 5-5 with a goal assisted by Aubrey Marti at 76:44 to eventually send the game into overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime, Saeger scored what proved to be the game winner with assists from Schad and Jasmine Bink at the 94:43 mark of the second overtime.

The teams combined for 51 shots in the game with Cedar Grove-Belgium possessing a 27-24 advantage. Both teams put 15 of their shots on goal.

Schad recorded a game-high 12 shots to lead the Raiders with four goals and an assist. Katelyn Uselding was credited with the victory in goal, playing 94:49 and making 10 saves. She left the game for 5:11 because of an injury in the first half.

Erickson led the Rockets with 11 shots that produced a pair of goals, and she also added an assist. Alexis Bahr contributed eight shots in the game. Payton Dodson played all 100 minutes in goal for the Rockets, making nine saves.

Both Schad and Erickson set the Division 4 State Tournament record for goals in the tournament with five, and Schad broke the individual Division 4 record for points in a tournament with 12, including five goals and two assists.

Kiel wins its first championship in its second State Tournament appearance, and Cedar Grove-Belgium finishes runner-up in its third State experience.

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