Potent Lady Falcons continue to aim high

Girls soccer team hopes for another strong campaign
by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


CAPTAINS HAILEY TOMLINSON and Jensen Hamilton are set to lead the defending Eastern Wisconsin Conference champion Sheboygan Falls High School girls soccer team into the 2013 season. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman CAPTAINS HAILEY TOMLINSON and Jensen Hamilton are set to lead the defending Eastern Wisconsin Conference champion Sheboygan Falls High School girls soccer team into the 2013 season. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman The 2013 Sheboygan Falls girls soccer team will be looking to complete some unfinished business this season.

Last season Falls went 14-0 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference (21-3-2 overall) to win its third straight conference championship.

The Falcons also won their sixth straight WIAA Division 2 Regional Meet title and made it to the WIAA Division 2 Sectional Finals, before losing to Appleton Xavier for a chance to go to state.

With those lofty accomplishments already under their belt, Falls head coach Brian Mentink feels that the Falcons have one more step to take and that they won’t be satisfied just to reach the sectional final this year.

“First our goal is to win the EWC for the fourth straight year,” said Mentink, who enters his ninth year as coach of the Falcons. “After that, we need to take one game at a time.”

Mentink knows that the Falcons have a lot of talent and the right kind of team that can make a strong run, so the goals have been set high.

Falls outscored its opponents 109-15 overall and 78-6 in the EWC last season.

“We have girls with experience from last year’s team and many of them can step right in to start,” replied Mentink. “Our defense didn’t lose much and should be tough.”

The Falcons return 11 players with varsity experience, including seniors Jensen Hamilton, Hailey Tomlinson, Erica Duda, Jenna Howard, juniors Justine Selk, Samma Oppeneer, Tiffany Fischer, Erin Beeck, Karlie Beeck, Katie DePagter and sophomore Abby Mauer.

Newcomers include Celeste Benzschawel, Becky Koepsel, Lizzie Widder, Makayla Tomlinson, Molly Sauve and Nicole Preder.

Fischer returns as a second team All-EWC player and Hailey Tomlinson, Erin Beeck and DePagter were All-EWC honorable mention selections in 2012.

Mentink knows that with each season the target gets bigger as opponents will work harder to defeat Falls.

“Each year it gets tougher to repeat,” remarked Mentink. “Campbellsport, Plymouth, Kiel and New Holstein will be tough this season.”

The Falcons open with a tough schedule, having not played any non-conference games due to the late winter.

SCHEDULE
April 11-at New Holstein 7:00
April 15-Plymouth 5:00
April 18-at Two Rivers 5:00
April 19-at Sheboygan Lutheran 4:30
April 22-Bay Port 4:30
April 23-Kewaskum 5:00
April 25-Kiel 5:00
April 29-Waupun 5:00
May 2-Campbellsport 5:00
May 7-New Holstein 5:00
May 11-at Sheboygan North Invite
9:30
May 13-at Plymouth 4:30
May 16-Two Rivers 5:00
May 17-Oostburg 4:30
May 18-Ozaukee 10:00
May 21-at Kewaskum 5:00
May 23-at Kiel
May 28-at Waupun


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