Lady Dutch deal Tigers first loss

HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers held a 10-4 edge in shots on goals over Oostburg but came up empty as the Lady Dutch triumphed, 2-0, in a Central Lakeshore Conference girls soccer game here Thursday afternoon.

The loss was the Tigers’ first of the season and knocked them out of first place in the CLC race. HGHS slipped to 4-1 in the league (4-1 overall). Oostburg improved to 3-0- 1 in the CLC (4-1-1 overall) and is in second place behind Cedar Grove- Belgium which is 3-0.

Freshman forward Meghan Batzner’s goal at the two-minute mark gave the Lady Dutch a 1-0 lead. Hannah Luedtke was credited with an assist.

Freshman Elizabeth Heinen upped Oostburg’s advantage to 2-0 with a goal in the 52nd minute, assisted by Alyssa VanEss.

“Oostburg gave us too many problems in the first half to recover from. They beat us to the ball the first 45 minutes and took advantage of when we did not properly clear the ball on our defensive end,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

“It was one of those nights you have with soccer. Late in the first half Melissa Oxtoby hit the inside post and Zyta Mueller also hit the post from deep [for HGHS],” said Smith.

“I am happy with how the girls fought back. It is early in the season and this adversity will only make them stronger down the stretch.”

Tiger goalkeeper Olivia Stauss had two saves. Oostburg goalie Leah Ebbers made six saves.

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