Fast start keys Tigers’ win over EL-G

ELKHART LAKE – Howards Grove grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes to pave the way for a 5-1 girls soccer win over Central Lakeshore Conference arch-rival Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah here Thursday afternoon.

Senior midfielder Morgan Edge and junior defender-midfielder Zyta Mueller spearheaded the Tigers’ attack with two goals each. Edge and sophomore Katie Guse contributed a team-high two assists apiece.

Brittany Schueller added one assist for HGHS which improved to 2-0 in the CLC (2-0 overall). The Resorters were making their season debut after their first two scheduled matches were postponed.

HGHS, which led 3-0 at halftime, was up 1-0 only a minute into the match on Edge’s goal, assisted by Guse. Guse scored the next goal in the 10th minute, assisted by Edge.

Edge hiked the visitors’ lead to 3-0 with a goal in the 42nd minute.

Junior forward Monica Ruh scored the Resorters’ goal on a direct free kick in the 80th minute from about 25 yards away which made it 5-1.


BRITTANY SCHALLER (left) of Howards Grove attempts to steal the ball from Elkhart Lake’s Becca Diestler in Thursday’s CLC soccer match. — Photo by Mike McGill BRITTANY SCHALLER (left) of Howards Grove attempts to steal the ball from Elkhart Lake’s Becca Diestler in Thursday’s CLC soccer match. — Photo by Mike McGill “Our girls played very well this evening. Our passing was excellent and our communication improved a little since our first game,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

“Edge and Guse connected twice for us early in the game which allows the girls to play with a little less stress. I think our inside mids [Near and Edge] did a better job controlling parts of the game and finding Schaller and Schmid up top.

“In the second half Zyta Mueller provided a huge spark for us and nearly notched a hat trick in the first six minutes of the second half,” said Smith.


ERICA HEINIG of Elkhart tries to control an inbounds pass as Howards Grove’s Emily Schmid (1) and Zyta Mueller converge in Thursday’s CLC soccer game. — Photo by Mike McGill ERICA HEINIG of Elkhart tries to control an inbounds pass as Howards Grove’s Emily Schmid (1) and Zyta Mueller converge in Thursday’s CLC soccer game. — Photo by Mike McGill “Once we settled down on defense we kept them in check for the remainder of the first half until the 42:22 mark,” said Resorter head coach Kevin Ruh.

“This was our first game of the season and we started to get a little tired at the end of the [first] half and began to reach for the ball. The second half started the same as the first – allowing goals within the first two minutes of that half on crosses that were tapped in on the weak side. We then found our legs and held them scoreless the rest of the game,” he said.

HGHS led 14-10 in shots on goal. Tiger goalie Olivia Stauss made nine saves and EL-G keeper Taylor Porter had nine.

“Elkhart Lake put pressure on us throughout the game and their sophomore Camrie Schmitz is a major threat up top with great speed,” Smith observed.

Schmitz, a forward, was Elkhart’s top scorer last season with an impressive 27 goals in CLC play.


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