Lady Falcons revel in return to top of EWC

Perennially strong SFHS girls soccer team completes big season
by Steve Ottman Falls News Correspondent


THE 2015 SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL girls soccer team includes (bottom row, left to right) Payton Benzschawel, Rachel Wilke, Klohie Kuehne, Kasey Lodell, Alex Tupper, Lauren Louko, Carson DePagter; (back row) coach Jeff Fischer, Nicole Preder, Shauna Stoffregen, Natalie DePagter, Asha Ritchie, Liz Saunders, MaKayla Tomlinson, Morgan DePagter, Mia Bartel, head coach Brian Mentink. Missing from the photo is Abby Mauer. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman THE 2015 SHEBOYGAN FALLS HIGH SCHOOL girls soccer team includes (bottom row, left to right) Payton Benzschawel, Rachel Wilke, Klohie Kuehne, Kasey Lodell, Alex Tupper, Lauren Louko, Carson DePagter; (back row) coach Jeff Fischer, Nicole Preder, Shauna Stoffregen, Natalie DePagter, Asha Ritchie, Liz Saunders, MaKayla Tomlinson, Morgan DePagter, Mia Bartel, head coach Brian Mentink. Missing from the photo is Abby Mauer. - Falls News photo by Steve Ottman The Sheboygan Falls High School girls soccer team won its fifth Eastern Wisconsin Conference championship in six years during the recently completed 2015 season.

Falls finished in first place in the EWC with a 9-1-2 record (17- 4-2 overall).

The Falcons won their own Falls Invite, the Kettle Moraine Invite and WIAA Division 3 regional title over Wrightstown.

Falls was then shutout by state runner-up Green Bay Notre Dame in a sectional semifinal playoff game.

After a rough 0-2 start, the Falcons reeled off 12 straight wins, including a comeback 3-2 win over Campbellsport and its first-ever win against Grafton.

Falls also had tough battles with Plymouth and New Holstein.

“We closed on a high note and won our fifth title in six seasons,” said Falcons’ head coach Brian Mentink (183-47-18 in 11 seasons). “We came back three times in our regional and won in a double shootout. Our new defense helped our offensive production this season.”

Mentink felt that the girls showed immediate results that focused on offense with good passing.

“Because of the hard work, these girls were always in position to attack the ball,” remarked Mentink. “We scored seven goals off of corner kicks. This was a well-balanced team that led to our success.”

Six Falcons were named to the 2015 All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls soccer team.

Seniors Abby Mauer, Nicole Preder and juniors Becky Raeder, Asha Ritchie were selected to the All-EWC first team.

Senior MaKayla Tomlinson and junior Payton Benzschawel were named to the All-EWC second team.

Benzschawel led the team in goals with 13 to go along with five assists. Mauer led the Falcons in assists with 17 (tied a program record) and had eight goals.

Falls outscored its opponents 72-28 (44-15 in the EWC) and registered six shutouts.

Letterwinners included 4 years -Mauer; 3 years - Preder, MaKayla Tomlinson; 2 years - Natalie DePagter, Shauna Stoffregen, Mia Bartel, Benzschawel, Klohie Kuehne, Courtnie Ludwigson, Raeder, Ritchie, Liz Saunders, Lauren Louko, Alex Tupper, Rachel Wilke, Taylor Tomlinson; 1 year - Kasey Lodell and Carson DePagter.

The Coaches Award was given to Wilke.

Defensive players of the year were Tupper, Carson DePagter, Ritchie and Makayla Tomlinson.

Offensive Players of the year were Raeder and Benzschawel. The MVPs were Preder and Mauer.


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