Tigers cruise to victory in BEC opener


BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove executes a header as teammate Emma Dehne looks on in Thursday’s BEC soccer game versus Sheboygan Lutheran. – Photo by Terry Schaller BRITTANY SCHALLER of Howards Grove executes a header as teammate Emma Dehne looks on in Thursday’s BEC soccer game versus Sheboygan Lutheran. – Photo by Terry Schaller SHEBOYGAN – Junior Morgan Wittman scored a goal and had a team-high two assists to lead the Howards Grove Tigers to a 6-0 drubbing of Sheboygan Lutheran in a girls soccer match here Thursday afternoon.

The match was the Big East Conference opener for the Tigers who improved to 2-0 overall.

“Finally a great night for some soccer. The girls have been so anxious to get decent weather and chance to play again. This was our first conference game and the girls were ready,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

HGHS have had three matches postponed already this season due to inclement weather or an unplayable field.

The Tigers grabbed a 2-0 halftime lead on goals by Kaitlynn Near and Wittman, respectively. In the second half, Katie Guse, Emma Dehne, Tess Trueblood and Emily Schmid scored one goal each.


KAITLYNN NEAR of Howards Grove connects for a header in Thursday’s BEC soccer game against Sheboygan Lutheran. The Tigers’ Brittany Schaller (11) looks on. – Photo by Terry Schaller KAITLYNN NEAR of Howards Grove connects for a header in Thursday’s BEC soccer game against Sheboygan Lutheran. The Tigers’ Brittany Schaller (11) looks on. – Photo by Terry Schaller Guse, Kate Bruckschen and Schaller contributed one assist each. The Tigers dominated on offense with a 14-2 lead in shots on goal. HGHS goalie Olivia Stauss made two saves. Crusader goalkeeper Elaina Falconer had eight saves.

“Wittman [defender/midfielder] has proved to be valuable so far this season in the middle and up front for us, and I hope that continues as the season progresses. She has great one-touch passes and sees the field well from the middle,” Smith noted.

“Our center defenders Malayna McDaniel and Ashley Reinemann were also important tonight as they controlled the back line with 5-6 different girls getting an opportunity to play with them.

“After the early lead we were able to move some girls around and take a look at some other defensive options for the team. I was happy with what I saw from our back four in both scenarios but we have quite a bit of work to do yet to feel comfortable that our defense is organized for whoever we play,” said Smith.


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