Lions not alone in enjoying early success
Eisenhower one of three soccer teams off to strong starts
The New Berlin Eisenhower girls soccer team will certainly face stiffer challenges as the season wears on, such as a league showdown at Wauwatosa West on Tuesday, after deadline.
But the Lions are approximately a quarter of the way into the 2010 season, and so far so good.
In their return to action following spring break, Eisenhower picked up two wins and a tie in four matches to boost its record up to 4-1-1 overall and 2-0 in the Woodland Conference, as of Monday.
In the first league challenge of the season, Eisenhower disposed of host Greendale, 2-0, behind a pair of goals by Hadley Bales and nine saves by goal keeper Kelsey Braatz.
Bales scored in the 36th minute on Rachel Menges' assist and again in the 53rd minute, this time thanks to Kali Shandley's help.
Eisenhower then ran its winning streak to four straight with a 6-1 win over South Milwaukee in the Lions' home opener April 15.
The Rockets got on the board first in the match's seventh minute, but the Lions responded by scoring six consecutive unanswered goals.
Menges tied the score in the 32nd minute and Bales put the Lions ahead for good three minutes later.
Eisenhower scored four times in the second half, one goal each by Andrea Ganzke, Erin Ganzke, Menges and Jackie Vanderkolk.
"After a slow start in the first half, the ladies picked up the pace and played possession soccer," Eisenhower coach Jim Keller said.
In the Prochnow Memorial Tournament at Kenosha Tremper April 16-17, the Lions suffered their first loss of the season, a 6-0 defeat to Whitefish Bay on Friday, but rebounded nicely by tying the host school, a sectional finalist a year ago, 4-4, Saturday.
Rachel Menges, Alyssa Farrell, Erin Ganzke and Jackie Vanderkolk had one goal each for the Lions and Menges and Kali Shandley added assists.
New Berlin West
The New Berlin West Vikings are also off to a fast start, including a 1-0 victory over visiting Shorewood on April 15.
Katie Hintz scored on Jessica Twitchell's assist in the 43rd minute for the match's lone goal
West goal keeper Emily Sehulster stopped all nine shots by the Greyhounds, a sectional finalist a year ago.
The Vikings opened the conference season with a 6-0 win over host Cudahy/St. Francis on April 13.
Lindsay Cummings had a goal and an assist, and Carly Pavletich, Twitchell, Hannah Pezzi and Lauren Klotz also added one goal each.
The Vikings also won the title at the Omro Invite on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Campbellsport in the semifinal and a 5-0 victory over Mayville in the title match. They began this week 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Woodland Conference.
The Warriors' dominance over the Franklin Sabers continued in the Southeast Conference opening match for both teams April 13.
Visiting Muskego (2-2-1) got first-half goals from Carrie Westover, Ally Kindler and Hannah Burt to beat Franklin for the 15th consecutive time.
Westover's scored on Burt's well-placed assist in just the second minute of action, and the Warriors other two scores came within four minutes of each other late in the half.
Muskego also split a pair of games in its own quad Saturday, beating Wisconsin Lutheran, 3-0, but losing to Kettle Moraine, 1-0.
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