Tigers win inaugural BEC championship


KAITLYNN NEAR (18) of Howards Grove and a St. Mary Catholic opponent scrap for the ball in Thursday’s BEC soccer match. – Photo by Terry Schaller KAITLYNN NEAR (18) of Howards Grove and a St. Mary Catholic opponent scrap for the ball in Thursday’s BEC soccer match. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – The Howards Grove Tigers clinched the first Big East Conference girls soccer championship with a 4-0 win over St. Mary Catholic (Neenah) here Thursday evening.

The Tigers upped their BEC record to 16-0-1 (17-2-1 overall) and made it 15 straight wins. The Zephrys dropped to 11-5-1 in the league (13-7-1 overall).

“Although we won by four tonight, the best part of the evening was that our defense shut out a team that can score a lot of goals,” said Tiger head coach Kasey Smith.

“Our back line of Ashley Reinemann, Malayna McDaniel, Emily Schmid, Melissa Oxtoby and Emily Dehne kept SMC from scoring. Our defense stepped up and stayed with their runners that were trying to find gaps in our back line.


COURTNEY WATERS (24) of Howards Grove plays the ball off her shoulder as St. Mary Catholic’s Katelyn Roloff watches in Thursday’s BEC soccer match. – Photo by Terry Schaller COURTNEY WATERS (24) of Howards Grove plays the ball off her shoulder as St. Mary Catholic’s Katelyn Roloff watches in Thursday’s BEC soccer match. – Photo by Terry Schaller “Olivia Stauss [goalie] did have to make a couple great saves but we can always count on her for that. Stauss’s hands are solid and she was great on corners and shots from outside today,” said Smith.

Kaitlynn Near led the Tigers’ attack with two goals, both in the first half as HG took a 2-0 halftime lead. Brittany Schaller and Katie Guse added second-half goals. Rayven Kalmerton had a team-high two assists and Schaller made one.

The Tigers led 13-7 in shots on goal. Stauss made seven saves.



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