Tigers earn first trip to state tourney


KAITLYNN NEAR (right) of Howards Grove and Hannah Ten Pas of Oostburg collide while going for the ball in Saturday’s sectional soccer championship match. – Photo by Terry Schaller KAITLYNN NEAR (right) of Howards Grove and Hannah Ten Pas of Oostburg collide while going for the ball in Saturday’s sectional soccer championship match. – Photo by Terry Schaller NEW HOLSTEIN – The Howards Tigers earned the school’s first berth in state soccer competition with a 2-1 win over Oostburg in the Division 4 girls sectional finals here Saturday night.

The Tigers avenged two losses to Oostburg in Big East Conference play this season. The Lady Dutch, the BEC champions, were ranked No. 4 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association D-4 poll. Topseeded Oostburg finished 24-2 while the No. 2-seeded Tigers improved to 19-5-1.

“There have been several very good soccer teams from Howards Grove in the past. To be the first team to advance to state is both an honor and a privilege. The assistant coaches and I are extremely proud of the way our team is playing at this time,” said first-year Tiger head coach David Kisiolek.


THE HOWARDS GROVE Tigers celebrate winning the sectional soccer title and a trip to state with a 2-1 win over Oostburg Saturday. – Photo by Terry Schaller THE HOWARDS GROVE Tigers celebrate winning the sectional soccer title and a trip to state with a 2-1 win over Oostburg Saturday. – Photo by Terry Schaller “It was a nail-biter. A fast and physical game as you would expect when these two teams meet. We’re looking forward to our first trip to state.”

The Tigers took a 1-0 halftime lead on senior midfielder/ forward Katie Guse’s goal at the 30:50 mark, assisted by Kaitlynn Near.

TJ Graves tied the match, 1-1, for the Lady Dutch with a goal at 46:38. The Tigers answered quickly when Guse scored at the 48:30 mark.

Oostburg held a 12-4 edge in shots on goal. Tiger senior goalie Olivia Stauss made nine saves.

“It’s an old cliche but one that I have always believed in: defense wins championships. Our two marking defenders [Katelyn Bruckschen and Lizzy Betke] were outstanding all evening,” said Kisiolek.

“Ashley Reinemann and Emma Schmid controlled the middle of our defense. Stauss made several acrobatic saves, including one very near the end of the game that she was just able to deflect with her foot.

“Guse, Near, Malayna Mc- Daniel and Brittany Schaller all played key roles from their midfi eld and forward positions,” said the coach.

The state tourney will be held at the Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. The Tigers will play Lake Country Lutheran/ University Lake School (16-3- 1) in the state semifinals Thursday at 7 p.m. The other semifi- nal match is between LaCrosse Aquinas and Brookfield Academy Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

The winners will play in the championship match Saturday at 1:30 p.m.


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