The SPASH girls’ soccer team endured a hard-fought battle at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln Tuesday but mustered up a couple of second-half scores to earn the 2-0 win and stay undefeated (4-0) in WVC play.
“It was just a typical Point-Rapids soccer game,” said SPASH Coach Don Peel. “It seems like about the last four times we’ve played each other we’ve gone to overtime. It doesn’t matter which team might be stronger, we just give each other a great battle.”
“They did about what we expected in stacking up some extra defensive players to give us some trouble. We made some adjustments and got that first goal and the second one followed pretty quickly.”
Coach Don Peel praised his team’s strong defensive effort that has yet to yield a goal in conference play, while singling out three freshman defenders, Brooklyn Seefeldt, Olivia Clemens and Courtney Milkowski.
“The defense played huge and those three just continue to play great soccer,” said Peel. “They just stepped up to every challenge Rapids could throw their way.”
SPASH mounted additional pressure almost right from the start after the halftime break, getting a break when a loose ball right in front of the goal was knocked in by Justice Menge at 53:42 with an assist going to Abby Bohanski.
The Panthers second goal came at 57:07 on a penalty kick by Bohanski to gain the final score margin. SPASH had 14 shots on goal for the night with Rapids having six.
SPASH goalie Shayna Molski had three saves while Red Raiders goalkeeper, Chani Pulchinski, was credited with seven saves.
SPASH is now 7-1 overall while Wisconsin Rapids falls to 3-4-3 and 2-2-1 in the WVC. The Panthers host Merrill at 7 PM Thursday at the Portage County Youth Soccer Complex and then host Chippewa Falls at 1 PM Saturday in non-conference play.