Bolland’s goal gives Panthers overtime win


ASHLEY BURRIS (4) of Kiel and Plymouth’s Olivia Jankowski battle for possession in Thursday’s EWC soccer match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley ASHLEY BURRIS (4) of Kiel and Plymouth’s Olivia Jankowski battle for possession in Thursday’s EWC soccer match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Sophomore forward Elizabeth Bolland scored a goal only 22 seconds into overtime to give the Plymouth Panthers a thrilling 1-0 girls soccer win over Kiel Thursday evening.

The victory was the Panthers’ first of the season and improved their overall record to 1-3. The match was the Eastern Wisconsin Conference opener for both teams. The Raiders dropped to 0-2 overall.

Sophomore forward Olivia Jankowski assisted on the goal with a low cross to Bolland who kicked the ball into the far side of the net. The goal was a result of excellent passing downfield, starting in the center midfield.

“The girls did a great job responding to the overtime period. When we came off the field prior to OT, we were hungry for that goal,” said Panther head coach Brad Feick.


ELLE KLECKA (left), Plymouth senior, and Kiel’s Courtney Retlich go after the ball during Thursday’s EWC soccer match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley ELLE KLECKA (left), Plymouth senior, and Kiel’s Courtney Retlich go after the ball during Thursday’s EWC soccer match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley “We believed that we were going to finish the game, and we did. These seniors have been here before and knew how to respond.”

The Panthers dominated on offense most of the match but were unable to find the net against Kiel’s packed-in defense until the overtime. PHS held a 17-1 advantage in shots on goal.

“Kiel came out with a game plan to earn a tie. They played all 11 players in front of the ball and just beyond the 18,” said Feick.

“We were able to move the ball side to side but there were not many open shooting lanes. Kiel committed to their game plan and held us scoreless until the overtime period.

We had a few opportunities to score earlier in the game but we tended to shoot directly at the goal- ie and not place it in corners.

“As the game went later and later into the second half, there was building pressure to earn that goal,” said the coach.

Raider goalkeeper Alyssa Summers made 16 saves. PHS goalie Sophie Hau had one.

“I was pleased with how aggressively we pushed up when we were possessing. Meghan Roelse and Haley Olsen [defenders] both made runs up into scoring positions,” said Feick.

“Brooke Reichert, Mackenzie Haese [midfielders], and Bolland both rotated the ball through the middle well.

“Liz Fohr, Elle Klecka, and Hannah Mauk [all midfielders] did a nice job pushing up on the outside to spread out Kiel’s defense.

“Our forwards, Jankowski and Erin Falk, found it difficult to get into space with the field being so compacted. As the game wore on, they made adjustments on running wider and checking back to the ball more,” Feick noted.

KIEL 0

PLYMOUTH 1


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