Panthers have memorable soccer season

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


SKYLER GOSSE (top) celebrates her goal with Plymouth teammates in the sectional soccer finals against Winneconne this past season. Also shown are Jayda Martell (19), Kaylee Koenig (10) and Savannah Wiese (9). – Photo by Clare Sedlacek SKYLER GOSSE (top) celebrates her goal with Plymouth teammates in the sectional soccer finals against Winneconne this past season. Also shown are Jayda Martell (19), Kaylee Koenig (10) and Savannah Wiese (9). – Photo by Clare Sedlacek PLYMOUTH – Head coach Brad Feick said he couldn’t be more proud of his Plymouth girls soccer team which had a terrific 2017 season.

“They worked hard all season and strove for excellence. This group of 21 has left its mark on PHS soccer,” said Feick.

“We had a very strong season highlighted by a second consecutive East Central Conference championship and a trip to the sectional final.”

The Panthers shared the ECC title with Winneconne at 13-1 and posted an 18-4-2 overall record. PHS defeated North Fond du Lac/Oakfield in a Division 3 regional final, 4-0.

In sectional play, PHS edged Seymour, 3-2, in the semifinals and lost to Winneconne, 5-1, in the finals which advanced the Wolves to state. Winneconne went on to finish second in the state tournament.

“This team had a singular focus: make it to the state tournament. That was the goal that we set out to achieve in the beginning of the season and we nearly made it happen,” said Feick.

The coach pointed out the keys to the Panthers’ very successful season.

“This season we were much more dynamic with the ability to score from different places. While Sydney Robinson [junior attacker] was our leading scorer, we produced goals from our wings and central midfield play quite evenly,” said Feick.

“Defensively, we came together as the season progressed. We knew we had Brooklin Willoughby

[senior defender] and Kaitlyn Heyrman [senior defender] returning from last season but we needed to learn the other two spots.

“Sarah Morris [junior] played very well at right back and Savannah Wiese [junior] dropped into the center-back position alongside Brooklin. Solidifying the back line really helped give the rest of the team confidence,” Feick noted.

He commended the seniors for their contributions to the team’s success and looked ahead to next season.

“This senior class was special. They were part of backto back conference titles and nearly made it to the state tournament. It will be a tough class to replace but like every year we reload with talented players,” said the coach.

“Like last season, we return many players. Again we will be experienced.”

PHS had 10 seniors on the team and 11 juniors.

AWARDS, FINAL STATS

Junior goalkeeper Sam Meyer was voted the Panthers’ Most Valuable Player by her teammates. Meyer was named to the All-ECC first team this year. Meyer made 40 saves and surrendered only four goals in ECC action as PHS chalked up an impressive 11 shutouts. PHS had a whopping 74-4 scoring advantage in league play.

Plymouth’s other award winners which were voted on by the Panthers included senior wing Tatum Eigenberger, the Most Improved Player; senior midfielder Emily Majerus, Sportsmanship; and Robinson, Hustle Award.

Senior midfielder Kaylee Koenig earned the Griebel Award which was presented to her by Sue Kaiser and Rita Griebel. The award recognizes an individual who is a talented soccer player, a sound student, a great teammate, has a passion for the game and is a good sportsman.

Koenig was the ECC’s Player of the Year, an All-ECC first team pick and was named to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association all-state second team this past season.

Robinson, an All-ECC first team selection, led PHS in goals this year with an impressive 31 and points with 73 (two points per goal and one per assist). Robinson and junior midfielder Ellie Welsch tied for the assist lead with 11 each.

Senior attacker Skyler Gosse was second on the team in goals with 13. Gosse, who had seven assists, was second in points with 33.


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