Tigers dominant in regional debut

HOWARDS GROVE – Seven players scored goals as the Howards Tigers breezed to a 9-0 victory over visiting Sheboygan Lutheran/ Kohler in a Division 4 girls regional soccer first-round match Thursday evening.

The No. 2-seeded Tigers’ attack was spearheaded by senior midfielder Morgan Edge and sophomore defender-midfielder Kaitlynn Near who scored two goals each. Adding one goal apiece were Zyta Mueller, Emily Schmid, Makenzie Schlafke, Brittany Schaller and Josie Duening.

Near’s first goal gave HGHS a 1-0 lead only four minutes into the match. Two minutes later, Mueller scored to make it 2-0.

The Tigers dominated the first half as they grabbed a 5-0 halftime lead. Schmid, Near and Edge scored the final three goals, respectively, in the half.

Freshman Rayven Kalmerton paced HGHS in assists with three. Malayna McDaniel, Edge, Morgan Wittman and Schaller made one assist each.


KAITLYNN NEAR of Howards Grove makes a header in Thursday’s regional soccer opener versus Sheboygan Lutheran/ Kohler. – Photo by Terry Schaller KAITLYNN NEAR of Howards Grove makes a header in Thursday’s regional soccer opener versus Sheboygan Lutheran/ Kohler. – Photo by Terry Schaller The Tigers upped their record to 16-3-3. The No. 7-seeded Crusad- ers, who lost twice to Central Lakeshore Conference rival HGHS in the regular season, finished 3-13-3.

HGHS had an impressive 21-1 advantage in shots on goal. Tiger goalie Olivia Stauss made one save. Crusader goalkeeper Maddie Wandschneider was credited with nine saves.

“We knew SL/K would be packing in the defense, so we talked about getting the ball wide and having numbers up front to finish deflections and crosses,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

“Katie Guse, Zyta Mueller and Melissa Oxtoby sent beautiful crosses in all game and we got to enough to control the game early.

“I am very happy with our girls and their effort for the full 90 minutes, especially Ashley Reinemann as sweeper. She was able to handle any pressure and help keep SL/K to one shot on goal,” said Smith.


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