Kristin Hesselbach scored four goals, and New Berlin Eisenhower thumped Milwaukee Pius XI in a WIAA Division 2 girls soccer sectional semifinal June 12, 5-0.
Coach Erin Frantz was particularly impressed with two of those tallies.
"She's a very good player, she always has been," Frantz said of Hesselbach. "But to see one header goal is always fun, to see two in a game is pretty cool. And to see a player get four good goals in a tough game, I think that's pretty impressive for her."
The win advanced the Lions into a sectional-final battle with Waukesha West.
Eisenhower (15-7-1) was able to put the pressure on Pius XI early with Hesselbach's first goal in the fourth minute. Frantz said her team's goal in the playoffs is to put in an early goal and not let the other team get up from the start.
"We changed (our strategy) probably after we gave up that second goal," Pius XI coach Adam Frey said. "Just tried to push a little bit more forward, switched to three forwards up top rather than one."
The two teams met in the regular season, with Hesselbach scoring the lone goal for a 1-0 win.
Hesselbach scored her first goaloff an assist from midfielder/forward Cayley Farrell. Her second goal came on a free kick that was just outside the box.
Andrea Zubke scored the third goal off a pass from Caila Bachmann in the 18th minute.
Hesselbach's final two goals were the headers that had everyone talking. In between the two headers, she attempted another free kick, this one from a couple yards in from midfield, which went off the top of the goal post.
"My focus was never on scoring goals; it's about getting the job done no matter who puts them in," Hesselbach said. "It just happened today that I was in the right position to put them in."
Eisenhower has won its last three games by a combined 21-0 score. Before leaving the field, Eisenhower players were already focusing on the next game.
"As soon as the game was over, everyone on the bench was talking about how excited we were to go into Saturday with a great winning streak going," said Hesselbach. "The energy is really high right now, and I think we have a really good shot at it."
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