Lady Dutch down Tigers in BEC showdown

RILEY JAHNKE (right) of Howards Grove and an unidentified Oostburg player battle for the ball in Thursday’s BEC soccer match. – Photo by Terry SchallerRILEY JAHNKE (right) of Howards Grove and an unidentified Oostburg player battle for the ball in Thursday’s BEC soccer match. – Photo by Terry Schaller
The Howards Grove Tigers’ hopes of repeating as the Big East Conference girls soccer champions were dashed with a 3-0 loss to host Oostburg Thursday night.

The defeat dropped the Tigers’ BEC record to 9-3-1 (11- 4-1 overal). The Lady Dutch hiked their first-place league record to 15-0 (16-1 overall). Oostburg and HG were ranked Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Division 4 poll last week.

Oostburg edged HG, 2-1, in their first meeting this season.

“The game was what you would expect between two teams ranked statewide. A lot of back and forth – a physical game between teams that both wanted the win,” said Tiger head David Kisiolek.

“I was very pleased with the aggressive play of both our offense and defense. We knew Oostburg would play physical and we needed to match their play.”


BRITTANY SCHALLER (11) of Howards Grove and an unidentified Oostburg opponent attempt a header in Thursday’s BEC soccer match. – Photo by Terry Schaller BRITTANY SCHALLER (11) of Howards Grove and an unidentified Oostburg opponent attempt a header in Thursday’s BEC soccer match. – Photo by Terry Schaller Olivia Meerdink scored the Lady Dutch’s first two goals, including one in the 38th minute which gave her team a 1-0 halftime lead. TJ Graves’ goal gave Oostburg a 3-0 advantage in the 78th minute. Graves assisted on both of Meerdink’s goals.

The Lady Dutch led 9-8 in shots on goal. Tiger goalie Olivia Stauss made six saves and Oostburg goalie Skylar Ternes had eight.

HG-KOHLER MATCH

On Wednesday afternoon the Tigers defeated host Kohler, 5-1, in BEC action. The Blue Bombers fell to 6-6-1 in the league (7-7-1 overall).

The match was suspended on May 15 due to lightning, with HG leading 2-0 midway through the first half.

Brittany Schaller and Kaitlynn Near led the Tigers’ attack with two goals each and Isabella Schmid tallied one which was assisted by Schaller.

HG led 14-5 in shots on goal. Stauss had four saves and Kohler goalkeeper Madeleine Wandschneider made nine. Isabel O’Donnell scored Kohler’s goal.

“This was an important win for us against a good Kohler team. To be able to avenge last week’s 2-1 loss [on May 9] was important for our girls as we near [regional] tournament play,” said Kisiolek.

“Junior forward Kayla Gilligan played her best game as a varsity player. She did not register any goals or assists but was constantly challenging the Kohler defense.”


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