Panthers win battle of ECC leaders


TAYLOR HEYRMAN (right) of Plymouth and Winneconne’s Maddie Young battle for the ball in Tuesday’s ECC soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley TAYLOR HEYRMAN (right) of Plymouth and Winneconne’s Maddie Young battle for the ball in Tuesday’s ECC soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers earned a key 2-1 win over Winneconne in East Central Conference girls soccer action here Tuesday afternoon.

PHS upped its ECC-leading record to 5-0 (6-1-1 overall) and handed the Wolves their first league defeat. Winneconne, which was a half-game behind Plymouth coming into the match, slipped to 3-1 in the ECC (6-2 overall).

Senior Taylor Heyrman’s goal in the 35th minute proved to be the game-winner as it gave PHS a 2-1 lead in the first half. The goal came only 30 seconds after the Wolves had tied the match on a goal by Kati Frierdich off a deflection.

Heyrman’s goal was assisted by Sydney Robinson on a crossing pass after Robinson had chased down a ball delivered on the right flank in Plymouth’s attacking third from Ellie Welsch.


SYDNEY ROBINSON (left) of Plymouth is fouled in the penalty area by Morgan Mathusek of Winneconne in Tuesday’s ECC soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley SYDNEY ROBINSON (left) of Plymouth is fouled in the penalty area by Morgan Mathusek of Winneconne in Tuesday’s ECC soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Panthers grabbed a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Kaylee Koenig at the 16:01 mark. Robinson was fouled in the penalty area which resulted in the penalty kick.

“I am very pleased with how we played the game today. We knew going into the game that Winneconne was going to be very difficult. They have had a fantastic start to the season, having only lost to Division 1 Kimberly,” said Panther head coach Brad Feick.

“Their overall speed on top was going to be a challenge. We spent time emphasizing pressuring their midfield and covering their outside backs with our wings – a challenging task since we were requiring our wings to drop deep to defend and move forward quickly into the attack. Our wings though were up to the challenge limiting their right and left forwards.

“Sam Meyer came up with some huge saves to prevent Winneconne from scoring in the second half. Defensively, I thought that we played a very good game. It may have been our best defensive game of the season,” said Feick.

Meyer, a junior goalkeeper, made six saves. Winneconne goalie Sadie Kosciuk had three. The Wolves led 7-4 in shots on goal.


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