Panthers blank arch-rival Falcons


BECCA EBBOTT (18), Plymouth forward, fends off two Sheboygan Falls defenders, including Hailey Tomnlinson (8), during Friday’s EWC soccer showdown. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley BECCA EBBOTT (18), Plymouth forward, fends off two Sheboygan Falls defenders, including Hailey Tomnlinson (8), during Friday’s EWC soccer showdown. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley It didn’t count in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls soccer title race (due to scheduling changes caused by several postponements) but it was still a big win for the visiting Plymouth Panthers as they defeated arch-rival Sheboygan Falls, 2-0, Friday evening.

The Panthers improved their season record to 3-0. The EWC matches this season to decide the champion will only include the second half of the normal 14-game conference schedule.

The Falcons, who have won the last three EWC crowns, dropped to 3-1 on the year.

PHS scored both goals in the first half – Mackenzie Haese in the 20th minute and Becca Ebbott in the 35th. Erin Falk assisted on Ebbott’s goal.

Both teams had five shots on goal. PHS goalkeepers Sophie Hau and Kathryn Aukerman combined for four saves. Falcon goalie Samma Oppeneer made three saves.


SIGRUN ADALGEIRSDOTTIR of Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls’ Jenna Howard run down the ball in Friday’s soccer game. Adalgeirsdottir, a senior, is an exchange student from Iceland. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley SIGRUN ADALGEIRSDOTTIR of Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls’ Jenna Howard run down the ball in Friday’s soccer game. Adalgeirsdottir, a senior, is an exchange student from Iceland. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley “I was really pleased with the way that we played,” said PHS head coach Brad Feick.

“Defensively, we maintained our shape and were able to prevent Falls from earning scoring opportunities. Our defense – Rachel Francis, Meghan Roelse, Emily Schirmer and Emily Vorpagel – communicated and tracked Falls’ fast forwards and outside mids pretty well.

“Hau and Aukerman played confidently in goal. Both teams played physically.

“The first goal was huge. Haley Olsen aggressively went up for a corner kick served by Sigrun Adalgeirsdottir. Olsen’s aggressiveness was what led to Haese being able to make a great shot,” Feick pointed out.

“The second goal, which helped us get momentum going into the second half, was assisted by Erin Falk. Falk turned the corner and sent the ball to Ebbott who had set up in space.”

TWO RIVERS MATCH

Ebbott scored a hat trick (three goals) to power PHS to a 10-0 rout over Two Rivers Thursday at the Panther Field.

Elle Klecka and Falk scored two goals each. Adding one goal apiece were Adalgeirsdottir, Maggie Paese and Rikke Damgaard. Haese led in assists with two, and Klecka, Emily Schirmer, Sarah Gamoke and Breinne Cain contributed one each.

“I was pleased with the focus that we played with. Everyone was able to play quality minutes. We maintained possession for nearly 80 minutes,” Feick said.

PLYMOUTH 2

SHEBOYGAN FALLS 1

TWO RIVERS 0

PLYMOUTH 10


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