Greenfield girls soccer team ousted from tournament by Muskego
Hawks claims major strides in 2014
Major strides were made by Greenfield's girls soccer team in the 2014 season.
The Hustlin' Hawks won seven games, including three in the Woodland Conference, and claimed a WIAA Division 1 regional championship.
They took on Muskego, a traditionally strong program, in a sectional semifinal contest on June 12 and battled all the way before falling 4-1 to see their season conclude at 7-12.
Head coach Robert Blake was proud of their efforts against the Warriors.
"We fought to the very end," Blake said. "I know Muskego did a lot of offseason conditioning, and I think we need to match that. The whole team needs to make sure that we are weightlifting in the offseason so that we can come out and play in these games for 80 minutes."
Both teams started off somewhat slowly, and the game was scoreless until the 19-minute mark, when Muskego's Michelle Magnus scored off a pass from Arianna Cyrus.
Cyrus made a nice pass from the right side to Magnus in front of the net. Magnus headed the ball into the right side of the net to break the scoreless tie.
The Warriors then missed a couple more shots in the ensuing minutes, but Angela Jasper made it 2-0 at 31 minutes with a drive downfield.
"I got a through ball, and I was able to get past the defender," Jasper said. "It was just a one-on-one with the keeper (Olivia Veloz). It deflected off of her, and then I got the rebound."
Greenfield, however, answered just two minutes later when Dana Schwab, the Hawks' leading scorer, burst ahead of the Muskego defense and set up a one-on-one with goalkeeper Madelyn Runyan.
Schwab hit an angling shot, and Runyan dove for an apparent save, but the ball slipped underneath her and into the net. Schwab's goal cut it to 2-1, and that was the score at the half.
Schwab finished the season with 26 goals and five assists for a team-leading 57 points.
Muskego takes control
Muskego took control in the second half, not allowing Greenfield many opportunities and keeping play almost exclusively in the Hawks' zone.
In the 54th minute, Cyrus lofted a corner kick and Erin Bolskar headed the ball into the goal to give Muskego a 3-1 lead.
Veloz kept making nice saves to keep the Hawks within range, but in the 77th minute, Jasper tallied her second goal to put away the victory.
Veloz posted nine saves during the contest. She recently took over the starting goalkeeper spot and played well down the stretch, Blake said.
Muskego head coach Eric Hess, whose team will play at the state tournament this week with a 16-7-4 mark, was impressed with the play of the Hawks.
"We needed to be tested," Hess said. "We kind of coasted through those first two (regional) games, 10-0, 10-0. It was good that we got a wake up call. Greenfield was definitely physical. They (the Hustlin' Hawks) gave us a little bit of fits."
The Hawks, who won just three games in 2013, will look to continue their upsurge next season.
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