For the first time in school history, Union Grove High School’s women’s soccer team will host a section of the WIAA Division 2 tournament.
In front of a decent crowd on a rainy Saturday night in Union Grove, the Broncos scored three goals in 15 minutes to defeat Westosha Central 3-1 to win their second WIAA regional title in program history.
“We had a great season,” said Union Grove coach Sean Jung, whose team improved to 17-2-2. “We are a tough team to beat. … The crowds get a little bigger and the girls are excited to hear a little more noise.
In a rematch of their Southern Lakes Conference game the Broncos won 3-0 exactly a month earlier, both teams made slight tactical changes that led to a slow start, Jung said .
The Falcons (12-5-6) came out of their normal zone defense for a man-marking defense, while Union Grove tried to play the midfield tighter to put more pressure on the midfielders. Westosha land.
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The game went scoreless for most of the first half until senior Paige Cotton crossed a ball for second Julia James, who managed to bury the shot three minutes before halftime.
Three minutes after halftime, Cotton slipped behind the defense and hit a 16-yard shot over the goalie to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead.
In the 52nd minute, Cotton again managed to get past the defense and converted on another shot with just the keeper to beat. Cotton has 32 goals this season.
“They were starting to take risks and move forward, so she just broke behind on her own and chipped them on the keeper,” Jung said of Cotton. “She’s a ridiculous athlete. She has a lot to deal with in 80 minutes of football.
The Falcons shot within two goals after a 25-yard shot found the back of the net, but sophomore goaltender Makayla Mackiewicz managed to keep them from getting closer. With Westosha threatening in the 72nd minute, Mackiewicz fired a shot over the crossbar for one of his six saves.
With the win, Union Grove is one win away from making a section final for the first time in school history. The Broncos reached the sectional semifinals in 2018, but lost 2-0 to New Berlin Eisenhower.
On Thursday night, Union Grove will host No. 3 seed Waukesha West (12-2-4). If the Broncos win, they will face either Waterford or Oregon in the Section Final next Saturday in Oregon.
WATERFORD 2, MONONA GROVE 1: The Wolverines won back-to-back regional titles for the first time in school history with victory over the Silver Eagles on Saturday in a WIAA Division 2 Regional Final in Waterford.
Waterford (12-2-2) will face Oregon (19-0-1) in the divisional semifinals on Thursday at Oregon. The Panthers, who finished the season ranked first in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association’s all-division state poll, beat Burlington 9-0 in the other regional final on Saturday.
The Wolverines, back in full after a few nagging injuries, needed everyone to be at their best against Monona Grove (10-8-1).
The game was scoreless until the 28th minute, although Waterford coach Joe Vogt said his first-year keeper Cora Beckley made a tough save on a Panthers shot about 10 minutes into the game. start of the game.
“They went in deep, and she cut the angle and made a nice save to stop a good chance,” Vogt said. “If it goes in, we play from behind.”
The Wolverines, who had a few chances, Vogt said, broke the ice in the 29th minute. A Waterford player was brought down in the box and Taylor Gordon, the team’s top scorer, kicked in the penalty for a 1-0 Waterford lead.
The Silver Eagles tied the game at 1-1 in the 37th minute when the ball deflected off a Waterford defender and into the net for an own goal. The half ended at 1-1.
The second half started scoreless until the 52nd minute, when Gordon showed his individual skills to give his side a 2-1 lead.
Gordon won a 50-50 ball into the box, dribbled to the baseline and went straight for Monona Grove goalkeeper Kailey Adamski, beating her at the back post.
After that, it was the midfield and defense that kept the Silver Eagles out of the net the rest of the way.
Vogt praised Jordan Hurley and Paige Strasser for their ability to control midfield and defenders Kaytlyn Huckstorf, Halle Rowder, Emily Tessmer and Lillyan Dehne for their tenacity against the physical Silver Eagles.
“Monona Grove is very talented and they apply a lot of pressure in midfield,” Vogt said. “(Hurley and Strasser) dictated the game for us and allowed Taylor and Megan Cornell to have (scoring) chances.
“The defense played very well and played a super physical game. Lillyan and Emily played really well.
Waterford hasn’t faced Oregon since the 2015 Divisional Finals, where the Panthers won 7-0 to begin a six-game WIAA State Tournament streak. Vogt said his team would be ready.
“They’re really good, but the good thing for us is that there’s no pressure,” Vogt said. “If we play hard I really like our chances and if we can score an early goal it could change the complexion of the game.”
OREGON 9, BURLINGTON 0: The Demons struggled in a season-ending loss to Oregon in a WIAA Division 2 Regional Finals on a rainy Saturday night.
Oregon (19-0-1), ranked No. 1 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association’s latest all-division state poll, scored two goals in the first 78 seconds of the game to put Burlington (12-5- 1) in a large early hole.
The Panthers, who have played in six consecutive state tournaments, the second-best all-time in state history, led 6-0 at halftime.
“We were kind of in shock,” Demons coach Matt Conrardy said. “We have a strong core coming back next year and I hope to improve on our 12-win season.
Junior goaltender Emilie Runkel made nine saves for the Demons.
KENOSHA ST. JOSEPH 11, ROOT LUTHERAN 1: A historic season for the Crusaders ended Saturday in a WIAA Division 4 Regional Finals at Ameche Field in Kenosha.
Senior Bella Jaramillo became the second all-time leading scorer for Lutheran (8-8-0) with a 14th-minute goal, but St. Joseph (13-1-1) responded with 11 unanswered goals.
“It’s been a great season for this program,” Crusaders coach Peter LaBoda said. “I’m so proud of this group, especially the seniors who have helped change the culture.
“We encountered a buzzsaw tonight.”
Despite the disappointing ending, it was a banner season for Lutheran. On Thursday, the Crusaders won their first-ever WIAA playoff game with a shootout win over Heritage Christian in the regional semifinals.
Goaltender Sam Coolidge made 14 saves for Lutheran.
SHORELAND LUTHERAN 4, CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2: The Lady Toppers trailed 2-0 at halftime and lost to the Lady Pacers on Saturday in a WIAA Division 4 Regional Final on Saturday at Somers.
Catholic Central (7-6-1) allowed two second-half goals 10 minutes apart as Shoreland (13-9-0) took a 4-0 lead. The Lady Toppers scored two late goals, but it wasn’t enough.
The Lady Pacers stopped 11 Catholic Central shots in the game.