Tigers dominate in season-opening win


THE HOWARDS GROVE Tigers attack the Lomira defense during Thursday’s soccer match. The Tigers shown are (left to right) Kaitlynn Near, Makenzie Schlafke, Tess Trueblood and Rayven Kalmerton. – Photo by Terry Schaller THE HOWARDS GROVE Tigers attack the Lomira defense during Thursday’s soccer match. The Tigers shown are (left to right) Kaitlynn Near, Makenzie Schlafke, Tess Trueblood and Rayven Kalmerton. – Photo by Terry Schaller LOMIRA – The Grove Tigers kicked girls soccer season with a 9-1 rout over host Lomira in a nonconference girls soccer match Thursday evening.

The game was scheduled after the Tigers’ regularly scheduled match at home Thursday versus Kohler was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. Lomira has a turf field.

Junior forward Brittany Schaller and junior defender/ midfielder Kaitlynn Near led the Tigers’ attack with two goals each. Morgan Wittman, Emily Schmid, Kate Bruckschen, Katie Guse and Emma Dehne scored one goal each.

Guse had a team-high two assists. Wittman, Schaller, Schmid, Dehne, Tess Trueblood and Bruckschen contributed one each.

“We were fortunate to get this game in and thankful that Lomi- ra was flexible and eager to host on such short notice,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

“Their facility was absolutely amazing and the girls had a great experience. We were able to control the tempo of the game and our defense limited Lomira to just two shots on goal.

“Several girls were able to get goals, including freshmen Dehne and Bruckschen – helping build their confidence will help our team considerably.”

The Tigers held a whopping 15-2 advantage in shots on goal. HGHS goalie Olivia Stauss made one save. Lion goalie Rachel Nowak had six saves.

Katelyn Wolf kicked ra’s goal.

“Dehne and Melissa Oxtoby took over two defensive spots vacated by graduation and injury to Zyta Mueller. They proved to be good options for our team this season and I expect them to fill those gaps nicely,” said Smith.

“Morgan Wittman, who spent most of the season last year as an outside mid, played well in the middle and will give us an option there as well. I am really happy with the performance by many of the girls.”

The Tigers were scheduled to open their season Tuesday at home against Cedar Grove-Belgium but the match was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. The game has been rescheduled for April 23 at HGHS.

Friday’s match against Ozaukee was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up April 29 at Ozaukee High School in Fredonia.


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