Tosa East soccer
Although Wauwatosa East's girls soccer team was a half away from scoring a significant upset and an important conference victory, the Red Raiders had to settle for a 2-2 tie against defending Division 1 state champion DSHA on April 4.
The Red Raiders closed the week with an 8-0 rout of Waukesha North in a nonconference game on April 6 to improve to 2-1-1 overall and 0-1-1 in Greater Metro play after opening with top-ranked Brookfield Central and second-ranked DSHA.
Tosa East, ranked No. 9 in Division 2, took the lead in the sixth minute on a goal by Liz Bueckers off an assist from Mariana Ibanez-Baldor. The Red Raiders increased their advantage to 2-0 in the 15th minute, as Crosbie Kowalski found Elyse Reagan for a goal.
The score remained 2-0 until the 50th minute when DSHA struck on a goal by Maggie Clemence on a cleared ball out of the box where Tosa East didn't clear the secondary attempt. Emma Lee Ramon equalized for the Dashers in the 79th minute and neither team could tally a winner over the final 11 minutes.
"We came charging out of the gates," East coach Eric Dale said. "To go two goals up on DSHA in the first 15 minutes is an accomplishment. We let them get an early one in the second half. That was a preventable goal, too. The second goal was a nice buildup and they beat us, but if we close out better on that first goal it could have been a result in our favor. But a 2-2 draw against the defending state champ is hard to complain about. That's the level we are aspiring (for). Hopefully it was a learning experience and next year we will put that one away."
Tosa East easily took care of Waukesha North, as Jordyn Summerfield gave the Red Raiders the lead for good in the ninth minute.
The lead grew to 4-0 by halftime thanks to goals by Ibanez-Baldor (15th minute), Bueckers (28th minute) and Kowalski (33rd minute). Kowalski scored again in the 47th minute and the Red Raiders also received second-half goals from Reagan, Emma Martin and Sadie O'Neil.
"We're playing a new high-press style this year," Dale said. "It is something we've been experimenting with. Teams like Waukesha North, we put them under the gun early. I don't think we played well in the first half, but second half we put on a clinic and put them in a chokehold."
Reagan, Sarah Lessila, Kowalski, Ibanez-Baldor, Willow Bangs and Bueckers all had assists. Emma Terry and Abby Schermerhorn split the game in goal and did not face a shot from the Northstars.
Tosa West softball
Wauwatosa West's softball team fell to 2-3 on the season with a 12-2 loss to Greendale on April 4 and a 4-0 defeat at the hands of New Berlin Eisenhower on April 7.
An error allowed Greendale to go up 1-0 on a sacrifice fly in the first inning against the Trojans. Greendale scored twice more in the third, broke the game open with five runs in the fourth and added four runs in the sixth to eventually end the game by run-rule.
Melissa Biefeld doubled and came around to score on a passed ball in the fourth, while Sophie Stuppy accounted for Tosa West's other run with an RBI single in the sixth.
Biefeld finished 2 for 3 with a double. Kaitlyn Nimmer took the loss for the Trojans but allowed just one earned run on two hits and three walks over three innings. Adie Davies pitched the final three innings, giving up four earned runs on five hits and three walks.
Davies threw a strong game against Eisenhower, allowing just one earned run on eight hits with just two walks to go along with four strikeouts. But three unearned runs and the pitching of Lions hurler Anna Lang did the Trojans in.
Eisenhower went up 2-0 in the third, a rally that was aided by two errors. The game stayed 2-0 until the sixth when the Lions added two runs on a passed ball and an error.
In addition to pitching well, Davies collected two of Tosa West's four hits.
Tosa East softball
A six-run sixth inning cost Wauwatosa East's softball team in a 9-4 nonconference loss to Greendale on April 7, which dropped the Red Raiders to 2-2 on the season.
"It was a well-played game that got away late," Tosa East coach Ed Raue said. "Considering we were off for a week, I was relatively pleased. What we need to continue to work on is reacting, trusting our instincts and the focus that goes along with those instincts."
Greendale took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Tosa East scored a pair of runs in the third and two more in the fourth to take the lead.
Riley Breider started the third-inning rally with a single, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on an RBI single by Morgan Schmanski. After Taylor Cure singled, Shea Murphy brought home Schmanski with a base hit to right.
In the fourth, Meghan Erickson drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Kenzie Miller, advanced to third on a single by Maddy Rudella and scored on a wild pitch. Another wild pitch allowed Rudella to score to put Tosa East up 4-3.
Greendale loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth on two walks and a bloop single. A wild pitch tied the game before a line drive to left field was lost in the sun, allowing two runs to score to put the Panthers up 6-4. Kayla Justus then connected for a three-run home run.
"Three balls that hit our gloves that we didn't catch," Raue said. "Three plays that I think we will make once we get into the flow of the season. We are close, we just need to win a close game against a good team."
Cure went 3 for 4, while Cora Bilitz and Rudella each had two hits. Bilitz started the game in the circle and allowed three earned runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts over three innings. Analiese Glawe pitched the final three innings, giving up two earned runs.
Tosa boys golf
Wauwatosa's co-op boys golf team opened its season by participating in a pair of tournaments on April 8.
Tosa put forth a strong showing by edging Sheboygan North by one stroke to take third place at the Hartford Invitational at Washington County Golf Course and placed fourth at the Elkhorn Invitational at Evergreen Country Club.
Marquette won the 26-team Hartford Invitational with a 300, followed by Arrowhead at 306 and Tosa at 315.
Ben Monty fired a 77 to lead Tosa and finish tied for sixth among individuals. Noah Monty carded a 78 to tie for 10th and Adam Garski tied for 13th with a 79. Rounding out the lineup were Dan Sobolewski with an 81 and Noah Katula with an 85.
Tosa carded a 345 at the Elkhorn Invitational to finish behind Cambridge (330), Lakeside Lutheran (331) and Marquette (344).
Owen Knezel led the way with an 80. Alex Ho shot an 86, Charlie Somers fired an 87, Will Jushka finished with a 92 and Mark Schaefer ended with a 102.