Panthers earn regional crown

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers captured their first girls regional soccer championship since 2011 with a 1-0 win over Campbellsport in a Division 3 match here Saturday afternoon.

PHS, a No. 1 seed, upped its record to 15-6-3. The No. 5-seeded Cougars, who lost to the Panthers twice in Eastern Wisconsin Conference play, ended their season at 5-14-1.

Senior midfielder Brooke Reichert scored the game-winning goal in the 12th minute.

“We came out with a lot of energy and set the tone early. We really possessed the ball well throughout the midfield,” said Panther head coach Brad Feick.

“Brooke’s goal was perfect. The ball was knocked out of the 18 from a corner kick, Brooke controlled it and drove it into the right side [of the net].

“This group of players has been focused on attaining the title since many of them were sophomores. The past two years we were bounced in the regional championship round. This year we got over the hump.”

The Panthers dominated on offense, leading 11-1 in shots on goal, but were unable to cash in on several scoring opportunities.

“I thought we were going to get another one on Mackenzie Haese’s shot late in the first half but the keeper [Emma Sippel] made an outstanding save. We generated quite a few scoring opportunities. We just needed to finish them.”

PHS senior goalkeeper Sophie Hau made one save and Sippel was credited with nine.

“Our central midfielders, Brooke Reichert, Mackenzie Haese, Elizabeth Bolland and Emily Meinnert, did an outstanding job controlling the middle of the field,” Feick pointed out.

“Brooke may have had her best game of the season. Mackenzie delivered some great passes and Bolland has the ability to generate scoring opportunities individually and in tandem with

Liz Fohr and Elle Klecka had strong the outside. defense, as it has for most of the year, another very strong game. Meghan Roelse

Haley Olsen anchored the middle with Julianna Georg and Kaylee Koenig on the outsides,” said Feick.

PHS will host Grafton in the sectional semifi- nals Thursday at 5 p.m. Grafton edged Sheboygan Falls, 1-0, in the regional finals Saturday.


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