Hadley Bales saw Kali Shandley heading to the Shorewood goal and knew immediately what she had to do.
"Kali was making a great run, and she was calling for (the ball)," Bales said. "I knew I didn't have a shot, so I made a through ball. She took a great shot and hit it."
Shandley converted the winning goal in a 2-1 double-overtime victory for the New Berlin Eisenhower girls soccer team over Shorewood on May 5.
That victory, coupled with a 1-1 tie with Whitnall on May 7, boosted the Lions to 2-0-1 in the Woodland Conference.
"That was awesome," Bales said of the victory over the Greyhounds. "We knew they were a tough opponent, and we just went in there and did our best."
Coach Jim Keller would agree. "The ladies displayed their best team effort of the season," he said. "They were organized and tough defensively and were connecting passes and possessing the ball extremely well.
"The combination play of Shandley and Bales and Janet Ohlert's leadership in keeping the backfield organized were instrumental in this victory."
Shandley took a pass from Bales for the first goal of the game at the 6-minute mark, and the score stayed 1-0 until the 36th minute, when Shorewood scored. The tie was finally broken by Shandley at the 93rd minute.
Goaltender Kelsey Braatz made eight saves, and Ohlert, Lauren Engibous, Alexa Riopelle and Amanda DuPont played fine defense, Keller said.
Freshman Jackie Valderkolk tallied the lone goal in the 12th minute against Whitnall on May 7. The Falcons came back with a score at 48 minutes and the game ended that way.
"Whitnall played a strong defensive match and limited the effectiveness of our attack," Keller said.
Eisenhower started this season with a particularly tough nonconference schedule and endured five losses, but that experience seems to be helping the Lions now.
"With the tough schedule this season, the team was challenged early on," Keller said. "With many new players in the starting lineup, building team chemistry, positional organization and communication on the field was the focus.
"The ladies have worked hard on their team play and that played a major role in the Shorewood victory."
Bales said, "It was good to play those good teams and see how we fell. This prepared us better for the season."
The Lions face a key match at rival New Berlin West (3-2 in Woodland play) at 4:30 p.m. today, May 14.
John Rech can be reached at (262) 446-6610. Read his blog at NewBerlinNOW.com.
The Lions competed in their own tournament last weekend, going 1-2 in games for second place.
EISENHOWER 5, WAUKESHA NORTH 2: Annika Selvick, Hadley Bales, Megan Saksefski, Anne Curtis and Jackie Vanderkolk tallied goals, and Janet Ohlert, Bales, Amanda DuPont, Angela Menges and Vanderkolk added assists.
EAST TROY 4, EISENHOWER 1: Bales scored the lone goal.
WAUKESHA SOUTH 4, EISENHOWER 1: Vanderkolk scored the goal, and goalkeeper Kelsey Braatz posted 10 saves.
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