PHS has encouraging start to season

MILWAUKEE – Despite a 2-0 loss to Grafton in season-opening girls soccer action Tuesday night, Plymouth head coach Brad Feick saw several bright spots in his team’s play.

The nonconference match was played at the Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Forward Zoie Bauer scored both of the Black Hawks’ goals in the 45th and 53rd minute. The game was tied 0-0 at halftime.

“For our first game of the year and against a very good opponent, we played pretty well,” said Feick.

“Going into the game, we knew that Grafton had a returning forward, Zoie Bauer, that we needed to stop. We stayed compose throughout much of the first half but dropped two goals in the second half.

“At halftime we felt pretty good with where we were at. We needed to mark Bauer, their top player, win the 50-50 balls and pass with more composure. Obviously, Bauer scored twice but for much of the game we played either even or nearly even,” said Feick.

Grafton led 9-4 in shots on goal. The Panthers had two good scoring opportunities. Elizabeth Bolland nearly scored on a header. Holli Harms had a shot which rebounded off goalkeeper Megan Otto and across the face of the goal. Plymouth’s Olivia Jankowski, who made a vertical run from the center-mid position, almost knocked the ball into the net.

Otto made three saves and Panther goalie Sophie Hau had seven.

“Defensively, we held pretty strongly. For most of the game, Kaylee Koenig, Meghan Roelse, Emily Meinnert and Haley Olsen were our defense. Throughout the game, Elle Klecka and Kathryn Aukerman also filled in on defense,” said Feick.

“This is a group of players who have never played together as a team before and will continue to get better as the year goes on.

“I was impressed with the play of many of our players and am eager to see how they jell as the year progresses.

“Kaylee, our starting right back, controlled the ball well, made good decisions and made strong runs into the attack. Olivia, who played as a forward and center mid, seemed to be everywhere on the field. Her seemingly never-ending energy helps free up Brooke [Reichert] and Mackenzie [Haese],” said the coach.

“Obviously, we would have preferred to win but we learned a little about who we are in this game. It’ll only help us going forward.”

The Panthers host West Bend East Thursday, April 3, in a nonconference match at 4:30 p.m.



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