It was a good week for coach Eric Dale's Wauwatosa East girls soccer team, as the Red Raiders won a Greater Metro Conference game and a nonconference game against a good opponent.
The Raiders (8-5-2) posted their eighth and ninth shutouts of the season, beating West Allis Hale, 4-0, in a conference game May 3 to start the week and Woodland Conference co-leaders New Berlin Eisenhower, 3-0, on May 7.
West Allis Hale
The Red Raiders defeated conference nemesis, Hale, 3-0, to start the week Tuesday at Whitman Field and improve to 1-2-1 in league play.
In the last 20 seconds of the first half, the Raiders converted a goal by sophomore Liz Bueckers, with an assist coming from senior captain Catherine Carter.
Two minutes into the second half, East would score again. Senior forward Chyna Sincere scored from point-blank range after Bueckers beat her defender to the end line and served a cross directly to the six-yard box in front of the keeper.
'In terms of how we'd like to attack teams, that's as close to what we have been aiming for all year with that goal,' Dale said. 'We want our outside attackers to take outside backs on, beat them and create opportunities for our other inside players crashing the box.'
The Raiders would add an insurance goal in the 62nd minute when Bueckers blasted a shot off the Huskies' cross bar, earning the assist when sophomore midfielder Evan Knauss was there to follow the rebounded shot in and put it in the goal
It took all of two minutes for the Raiders to charge out to an early lead on Saturday against the Lions (8-4-2). Sophomore Elyse Reagan collected a ball outside the Lions' penalty area and played a ball into the center of the field where Carter collected it.
Carter played a fairly well-placed shot into the goal area, where it deflected off a Lion player and into the side netting for an early 1-0 Tosa East lead.
This lead would hold all the way into the 81st minute of the match when Sincere would draw a penalty inside the Eisenhower box. Senior captain Kamrynn LaMontagne would hammer the penalty kick into the back of the left corner for a 2-0 Raider lead.
The final goal of the match came in the 89th minute when junior midfielder Jordyn Summerfield would head a beautiful shot past the Eisenhower keeper off a terrific crossing serve by Bueckers.
'Traditionally, we have never played too well at Eisenhower, both boys and girls teams. It was nice for us to put in a solid performance today,' Dale said. 'We connected well out of the midfield and held possession consistently during the match.
'It was fantastic to get that goal from Summy. She's such a hard worker, and she put herself in a place on the field to make a play. I'm hoping this match will give us a little springboard of momentum heading into next week's matches.'