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BREAKING -- Lady Badgers can't tame physical Indians

June 03, 2010 | 10:18 PM
Mukwonago -- For the first 20 minutes Thursday night, the Badger girls soccer squad, seeded 10th in its sectional, showed high energy and flew around the field.

The girls entered halftime in a 1-1 tie with seventh-seeded Mukwonago, and things were looking up. But the Indians, a bigger team that plays in a bigger conference, starting flexing their muscles in the second half. Thanks to an overpowering effort that out-muscled the quicker Badgers, the Indians won the regional opener 2-1 and advanced to face Kenosha Tremper in a regional final Saturday.

Badger finished its season 10-13-1 and will lose seven seniors to graduation including Shannon Tenney, Beth Sanders, Amanda Bartz, Meg Wickersham, Hannah Green, Rebecca Warnecke and Molly Schulting.

Badger's lone goal came at the 36:33 mark courtesy of Bartz. She controlled the ball after it ricocheted off a Mukwonago defender and kicked a soft liner over the goalie's head from about 15 yards out. A fierce wind helped guide the ball into the net.

But with 20:19 remaining in the game, Joanna Mueller won the game for the Indians with a deep kick from about 25 yards away that sailed over Badger goalie Kelsey Nocek's head, another kick aided by a strong wind.

Although Mukwonago controlled the ball in Badger territory for most of the second half, the local team had its best chance to knot the score with around 12 minutes left. Thanks to a holding call on Mukwonago, Badger was awarded a free kick from 30 yards out. Maddie Clark crossed over the ball before Angelina Delgado fired a low line drive toward the goal. However, an Indian defender was in the right place at the right time and blocked the kick. Badger didn't seriously threaten to score after that.

Check next week's Regional News for a complete story including reactions from coach Ross Fowler, Bartz, Sanders and Tenney.

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