Panthers edge Falls in EWC showdown


MACKENZIE HAESE (6) tries to keep possession under pressure from Sheboygan Falls’ Rachel Wilke in Tuesday’s EWC soccer match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley MACKENZIE HAESE (6) tries to keep possession under pressure from Sheboygan Falls’ Rachel Wilke in Tuesday’s EWC soccer match. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – As they have several times in recent years, the Plymouth Panthers and Sheboygan Falls Falcons engaged in a tight, hard-fought girls soccer match Tuesday evening at Panther Field.

The Panthers earned a 2-1 win in an early-season showdown between two of the top teams in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference. PHS, which shared the EWC title with Falls last year, improved to 3-0 in the league (4-3 overall) and stretched its winning streak to four. The Falcons dropped to 1-1 in the EWC (4-2-1 overall).

Junior forward Kasey Lonergan scored the winning goal in the 64th minute on an assist from senior midfielder Mackenzie Haese which put PHS up 2-1.

“It was a battle tonight. Both teams played hard,” said Panther head coach Brad Feick.

“We wanted to maintain possession and aggressively move forward. We did that.

“Kasey Longergan’s goal was beautiful. Haese sent the ball towards the far post and Lonergan was able to volley it in. Just a great win against a really good team,” said Feick.

The Panthers grabbed a 1-0 lead only five minutes into the match on a goal by senior forward Erin Falk.


LIZ FOHR (4), Plymouth midfielder, and Sheboygan Falls’ Katie DePagter go after the ball during Tuesday’s EWC soccer game. Plymouth’s Kaylee Koenig closes in. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley LIZ FOHR (4), Plymouth midfielder, and Sheboygan Falls’ Katie DePagter go after the ball during Tuesday’s EWC soccer game. Plymouth’s Kaylee Koenig closes in. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley

The Falcons tied the match, 1-1, at halftime on a goal by sophomore midfielder Becky Raeder, assisted by junior forward Nicole Preder in the 18th minute.

Falls led 7-6 in shots on goal. Sophie Hau and Elizabeth Bolland split the goalkeeping duties for PHS. Hau played the first half and made six saves. Bolland was in the goal in the second half and recorded zero saves. Falcon goalie Samantha Oppeneer had four saves.

“Sophie Hau and Elizabeth Bolland both played well in goal. Hau was under quite a bit of pressure during that first half and came up big. Bolland then stepped in and played a solid second half – communicating and distributing the ball,” Feick pointed out.

“Defensively, Haley Olsen and Meghan Roelse are starting to really develop chemistry and confi- dence with one another. They both made it difficult on Falls’ players to make good penetrating passes.

“Kaylee Koenig and Kathryn Aukerman were solid on the outsides [on defense],” he said.

“The midfielders and forwards did a great job pressuring the ball when possession was lost. Because of that pressure, we were often able to get the ball back.

“I couldn’t be happier with how we were able to play today, with strong defense and goaltending, possession in the midfield, pressure on top and transition support during the attack,” said the coach.


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