Near’s hat trick ignites Tigers past EL-G


LAUREN BOOS of Elkhart Lake (left) tries to dribble past Howards Grove’s Brittany Schaller in Tuesday’s BEC soccer match. PAIGE KALMERTON (12) of Howards Grove (right) heads the ball under pressure from Elkhart Lake’s Simone Bulebosh in Tuesday’s BEC soccer match. – Photos by Terry Schaller LAUREN BOOS of Elkhart Lake (left) tries to dribble past Howards Grove’s Brittany Schaller in Tuesday’s BEC soccer match. PAIGE KALMERTON (12) of Howards Grove (right) heads the ball under pressure from Elkhart Lake’s Simone Bulebosh in Tuesday’s BEC soccer match. – Photos by Terry Schaller ELKHART LAKE – Katelynn Near’s hat trick sparked the Howards Grove Tigers past Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, 5-2, in a Big East Conference girl soccer match here Tuesday afternoon.

The Tigers improved to 2-0-1 in the BEC (2-0-1 overall). The Resorters dropped to 0-2 in the league (2-2 overall).

HG built a 3-0 halftime cushion on a goal each from Malayna McDaniel, Katie Guse and Near.

The Tigers extended their lead to 5-0 11 minutes into the second half. Near, a senior midfielder/ forward, converted a penalty kick and then scored on a long kick.

Senior Camrie Schmitz scored the Resorters goals, including a penalty kick, in the final 6:20.

HG led 19-7 in shots on goal. Tiger goalkeeper Olivia Stauss made five saves. Resorter goalie Taylor Porter had 14 saves.

“I was a little worried that the game on Monday [3-3 tie versus Cedar Grove-Belgium] would take it’s toll on our players but everyone was ready to go by game time. I think our athletic trainer Mason Stentz did a really nice job of getting our group ready to play again within 24 hours,” said Tiger head coach David Kisiolek.

“Two of the better offensive players in the area competed today in Howards Grove’s Kaitlynn Near and Elkhart Lake’s Camrie Schmitz.

“The Howards central defenders of Emma Schmid, Ashley Reinemann and Malayna Mc- Daniel did a nice job of shutting down Schmitz until very little time remained in the game,” said Kisiolek.

“We started a little slow again, allowing Howards Grove to control the ball in the middle of the field and let them take uncontested shots from outside the 18,” said Resorter head coach Kevin Ruh.

“We ran a bit of a flat-four to start the game which allowed Howards Grove to get a few through balls. We switched our defensive alignment and kept them in check for the remaining 35 minutes in the first half [after HG had gone up 3-0].

“Defensively, Sarah Schneider continues to grow into our sweeper position. She moved from outside to inside and is learning on the job and doing a great job,” said Ruh.

“Kayla Theel has been controlling the right-side defensive attack, keeping her player outside. In the first half we made good run on passes that were a bit too far out front which the Howards keeper came way out of the box to play.

“The second half we moved the ball to the outside which kept the keeper in her box and allowed us to work the ball back inside. All the elements are there. We need to link them all together and start our attack sooner,” Ruh added.


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