A lack of consistency continues to plague the Wauwatosa East boys soccer team, as the Red Raiders continued their up-and-down season by splitting their two games last week.
Coming off an emotional win over Wauwatosa West, Wauwatosa East fell, 2-1, at Menomonee Falls on Sept. 13. The Red Raiders did bounce back with a 3-1 nonconference win over Kenosha Bradford on Sept. 17.
Falls took a 1-0 lead on a header by Sam Thomann in the seventh minute. The Red Raiders tied the game on a strike from freshman midfielder Jimmy Mroz off a corner kick from senior defender Josh Klein in the 40th minute, but Falls grabbed the lead back when Ryan Callan scored in the 59th minute.
"With the team we have this year, that's a game we need to win," Wauwatosa East coach Eric Dale said. "We didn't come out exceptionally strong. They scored within the first eight or nine minutes on a goal that was very preventable. It was on a corner kick where a guy lost their mark, and the guy had a wide-open look with a head ball on the far post.
"Then we were trailing, 1-0. We were lucky to equalize. We were sitting 1-1 at halftime and not feeling too good about a lackluster performance in the first half."
Junior forward Jalen Holley gave Wauwatosa East a 1-0 lead against Kenosha Bradford on a goal off an assist from junior midfielder Owen Beaupre in the 20th minute.
The Red Raiders extended their lead to 3-0 on goals from senior defender Joey Kortas in the 39th minute and junior midfielder Joe Tuffnell in the 64th. Senior forward Vince Milan and Holley assisted on the goals.
"We combined for a couple of really, really nice goals," Dale said. "Owen's assist to Jalen Holley for the first goal was set up off a really nice technique by him. The second goal by Joey Kortas was just a hustle play of Vince Milan getting to the ball and Joey having a good hit. Joe Tuffnell's goal was really nice. We strung a couple of nice passes together to set up a shot by him.
"But at the same time, after 65 minutes and up 3-0, we still managed to give up a goal. We were a little bit shaky down the stretch. I don't know if that was relaxing, but overall it was a good match as far as getting everyone out on the field."
Wauwatosa East was scheduled to face West Allis Hale on Sept. 21 before participating in a quad at Pewaukee on Sept. 23 and 24. The Red Raiders entered the week at 3-5-0 overall and 0-3 in the Greater Metro.
"The ups and downs of an inconsistent team is our trouble right now," Dale said. "But we have a lot of games to figure it out. We have 12 games in less than a month."
East girls swimming and diving
Wauwatosa East's girls swimming and diving team hung with Divine Savior Holy Angels in a 97-89 dual meet loss on Sept. 15.
Freshman Anne Marie Tuffnell won the 100 freestyle in 1:00.10, and junior Elizabeth Peura took first in the 100 backstroke in 1:25.41. The relay team of Peura, Tuffnell, sophomore Anna Busalacchi and junior Ingrid Meulemans won the 200 freestyle in 1:51.10.
"We had a strong showing against a stronger team," Wauwatosa East coach Russ Weigel said. "We knew it would be a fight, and the races lived up to the excitement to the last swimmer touching the wall."
Wauwatosa East took ninth at the Nicolet Sprint Invitational on Sept. 17.
Sophomore Anna Busalacchi was the top individual finisher for the Red Raiders, as she placed sixth in the 200 IM in 2:33.50. Wauwatosa East took third in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:49.06.
East girls tennis
After dropping a pair of dual meets last week, the Wauwatosa East girls tennis team took fifth at the Cedarburg Invitational over the weekend.
The Red Raiders lost 6-1 to sixth-ranked Brookfield East on Sept. 13. Ellie Murphy earned Wauwatosa East's lone win, pulling out a 7-6, 2-6, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles. The No. 3 doubles team of Katie Williams and Katie Swenson took their match to three sets before falling, 7-6, 4-6, 1-6.
Wauwatosa East was swept, 7-0, by Kettle Moraine on Sept. 15. Mary McMahon won the first set at No. 1 singles but lost the next two.
Murphy took third place at No. 3 singles at the Cedarburg Invitational on Sept. 17.
Alli Gleesing bounced back from an opening-round loss to take fifth at No. 1 singles. Kat Terwelp and Erin O'Brien went 2-1 at No. 1 doubles to take fifth. Also coming in fifth for Wauwatosa East were McMahon (No. 2 singles) and Swenson (No. 4 singles).
East girls volleyball
Wauwatosa East's girls volleyball team lost its lone match of the week, as the Red Raiders were swept in three sets (9-25, 17-25, 19-25) by Menomonee Falls on Sept. 13.
Sophomore Chloe Tome had nine kills, while juniors Lizzie Mizer and Allie Kuhn had five. Junior Hannah Brooks finished with 12 digs and three aces, and junior Tara O'Donnell had 12 assists.
East boys cross-country
Wauwatosa East's boys cross-country team took eighth at the Marquette Invitational at Hart Park on Sept. 17.
Sophomore Liam Nicol led the Red Raiders by taking 37th with a time of 19:03. Junior Adam Schell came in 44th in 19:27, sophomore Nate Blischke claimed 45th in 19:30, senior Tom Hoffman was 48th in 20:21 and junior Ben Tarrence and sophomore Nick Bartholf placed tied for 51st in 21:41.