Panthers stretch winning streak to three


MEGHAN ROELSE (19), Plymouth defender, scraps for the ball against a West Bend West player in Thursday’s soccer match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley MEGHAN ROELSE (19), Plymouth defender, scraps for the ball against a West Bend West player in Thursday’s soccer match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers ran their winning streak to three with a 3-0 nonconference girls soccer victory over visiting West Bend West Thursday afternoon.

PHS hiked its record to 3-3 and the Spartans dropped to 2-3. The shutout was Plymouth’s third in a row.

The Panthers, who controlled the ball and the pace of play much of the game, led 11-3 in shots on goal and had an 8-3 edge in corner kicks.

Senior midfielder Brooke Reichert scored from about 25 yards in the center of the field with three minutes left in the first half which gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead and momentum going into halftime.

PHS took a 2-0 lead on a goal by junior defender Emily Meinnert, assisted by Reichert, in the 56th minute. Meinnert’s shot found the upper-right corner of the net.

Kasey Lonergan, a junior forward, scored the final goal on a shot into the left corner of the net with three minutes remaining.

“For much of the game we were able to dictate the pace of play. Because of that, West Bend couldn’t really string together scoring opportunities until about a five-minute stretch at about the 65th minute,” said PHS head coach Brad Feick.

“We wanted to play composed, maintain possession and switch the field to generate scoring opportunities. We were close early on but we just didn’t quite finish.

“Holli Harms, who usually plays as an outside midfielder, played well as a forward – receiving the ball and making strong passes to midfielders who were making scoring runs,” Feick noted.

“Mauk played well on the outside and was impressive as an outside back during the final 10 minutes.”

The coach thought Meghan Roelse, Haley Olsen, Kaylee Koenig and Kathryn Aukerman played very well on defense. He said goalkeeper Sophie Hau did a great job.

Hau made three saves and Spartan goalie Grace Oliver had eight.

WEST BEND WEST 0

PLYMOUTH 3


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