Panthers win third straight ECC crown


EMMA WELSCH (4) of Plymouth attempts to dribble past Waupun’s Janell Kounelis in Thursday’s ECC soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley EMMA WELSCH (4) of Plymouth attempts to dribble past Waupun’s Janell Kounelis in Thursday’s ECC soccer match. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers earned a share of their third straight East Central Conference girls soccer title with a 10-0 rout over visiting Waupun Thursday evening.

The victory came in the third and final round of the ECC Tournament’s upper division. PHS and Winneconne are league cochampions with 8-0-2 records. Winneconne defeated Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson), 6-1, in round three on Thursday.

“We were crisp from the beginning. We passed and moved the ball well and were able to find holes within their defense,” said Panther head coach Brad Feick whose team finished 13-1- 2 overall for the regular season.

“We got a lot of production from a lot of different players. Anna Kitzerow was able to finish the scoring with her first goal of the season.


KAITLYN LUEDTKE of Plymouth tries to keep possession as Waupun’s Malena Lewis closes in during Thursday’s ECC soccer match. Plymouth’s Jayda Martell (2) watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley KAITLYN LUEDTKE of Plymouth tries to keep possession as Waupun’s Malena Lewis closes in during Thursday’s ECC soccer match. Plymouth’s Jayda Martell (2) watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “I was pleased with our level of focus throughout the game. It would have been easy to get sloppy and lose possession but I felt that for all 90 minutes we had a concerted effort to maintain possession and find ways to work the ball throughout our midfield and use our keeper to stretch Waupun’s players,” said Feick.

The Panthers allowed only four goals and had an impressive eight shutouts in ECC action this season. They were ranked No. 7 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Division 3 poll last week.

PHS blew out to a 3-0 lead only seven minutes into the match. Jayda Martell scored the first goal, followed by Sydney Robinson and Maggie Munson, respectively.

Munson and Kaitlyn Luedtke led PHS in goals with two each. Also scoring were Lexi Lautenschlaeger, Ellie Welsch and Addie Plate with one goal each.

Robinson and Carly Lilek had a team-high two assists each. Josie Binder, Welsch, Lautenschlaeger, Sam Meyer and Hanna Aukerman had one each.

PHS dominated on offense with an impressive 30-1 advantage in shots on goal. Meyer had one save. Warrior goalie Ella Dykstra made 19 saves.

The Warriors ended finished third in the ECC with a 5-4-1 record and dropped to 9-5-3 overall.

PHS will host Ripon in a Division 3 regional semifinal match Thursday at 5 p.m.


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