Schaller, Near lead Tigers to impressive win


EMILY SCHMID of Howards Grove gets control of the ball off her leg as Elkhart Lake’s Monica Ruh (10) and Simone Bulebosh converge in Monday’s soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley EMILY SCHMID of Howards Grove gets control of the ball off her leg as Elkhart Lake’s Monica Ruh (10) and Simone Bulebosh converge in Monday’s soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley HOWARDS GROVE – Brittany Schaller and Kaitlynn Near scored two goals each to lead the Howards Grove Tigers to an impressive 8-1 girls soccer win over the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters here Monday afternoon.

The Tigers raised their Big East Conference record to 4-0- 1 (5-2-1 overall). The Resorters fell to 1-5 in the BEC (1-5 overall).

HGHS, which led 5-1 at halftime, was on the attack most of the game and finished with a 25-5 advantage in shots on goal. Contributing one goal each for the Tigers were Katie Guse, Emily Schmid, Kate Bruckschen and Kennedy Theobald.

Schaller, a junior forward, scored the game’s first two goals only eight and nine minutes into the match, respectively. Guse’s tally made it 3-0 at the 16-minute mark.

Camrie Schmitz kicked the Resorters’ goal at the 21:35 mark in the first half which cut the Tigers’ lead to 3-1. HGHS answered with goals by Guse and Near to make it 5-1.

Guse and Schmid paced the Tigers in assists with two each. Near, Bruckschen and Tess Trueblood had one assist apiece.

“Brittany Schaller was all over the field tonight and got our scoring off quickly in the first half. Later in the game she hung out in the middle and won nearly every loose ball to keep constant possession for us,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

“We talked about trying to keep the intensity for this game regardless of the result.

“Elkhart Lake has a great player in Camrie Schmitz [junior forward]. She is fast and was giving our defenders a workout in the back,” said Smith.

“We were a little soft on the edges tonight. We knew they would try to run in the middle which exposed the corners, allowing them to cross the ball and get a few quick goals on the weak side,” said Resorter head coach Kevin Ruh.

“We switched and marked the midfielders which did slow their attack. They move the ball cross field very well and we chased a little.

“Erica Heinig [senior defender] again cleaned up a lot on defense and ran down their attacking players. Taylor Porter did as good of a job tonight in goal as she has done all year,” said Ruh.

Porter, a junior goalie, made 17 saves, including some excellent ones. Tiger goalie Olivia Stauss was credited with four saves.

“Once again we had a number of girls scoring goals. This is becoming a strength for our team and we will continue to push all girls to get shots on goal when they have the chances,” said Smith.


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