A 2-0 Eastern Valley Conference win over Freedom means the Waupaca Comet girls’ soccer team is back to .500.
The Comets improved to 3-3 in EVC play and 7-7-1 overall Monday, May 16, with the win over the Irish. Waupaca also placed second at the team’s 16th annual Comet Invitational Saturday, May 14, and dropped a 1-0 decision to Appleton Xavier Thursday, May 12.
Waupaca 2, Freedom 0
Alissa Kallevig scored midway through the first half and Lizzie Hanke added an insurance goal with five minutes remaining as the Comets outshot the Irish 16-4 in Freedom.
“We are playing better with each contest,” coach Mark Polebitski said. “On the offensive side of the ball, we tried several combinations in the middle midfield position. Hannah Butkiewicz and Karissa Smith have settled into the middle mid position.
“The middle mids control the flow of the game and this position requires a player who is always showing to the ball,” he added. “These players control the transistions and help create attacking opportunities. Karissa and Hannah play strong to the ball and make things happen.”
Defense also had a hand in the win, according to Polebitski.
“Our four backs are solid and make it difficult for opponents to score,” he said. “I really enjoy watching these girls turn down attack after attack. They play as one unit, always on the move and backing each other up.”
Waupaca 1, Regis 0
The Comets opened the tournament with a win over the Ramblers. The game’s only goal came 11 minutes into the contest, as Smith scored off of an assist from Hanke.
Waupaca outshot the Ramblers 8-5 and goalkeeper Ana McCrorey finished with five saves.
Waupaca 1, Kingsford, Mich., 0
Kirsten Fehrman scored the game’s only goal early in the second half on a penalty kick.
Sauk Prairie 1, Waupaca 0
The Comets came up short in the championship game, as Sauk Prairie’s Emma Kreitzmann scored at the 16-minute mark.
“Defensively, the girls played tough all day long,” Polebitski said. “Ana McCrorey made an outstanding hip kick save to keep us in the game against Kingsford in the last minutes of the game.”
Xavier 1, Waupaca 0
The Hawks remained unbeaten on the season, but struggled to find the net against the Comets.
Aimee Conley scored the game’s only goal at the 54-minute mark off of an assist from Rallon Peplinski. Xavier had a free kick from just outside of the penalty area. The kick was deflected, but Conley found the loose ball and scored.
The Hawks outshot the Comets 16-2. Mikaila Johnson made 15 saves in goal for Waupaca.
“We played tough soccer defensively for 80 minutes,” Polebitski said. “We took a lot of hard shots to the body and stayed in the game until the final whistle. That’s what we asked of the girls before the game and they came through.”
Waupaca will host Ripon at 6:45 tonight (Thursday, May 19) in an EVC matchup before hosting Wisconsin Rapids Assumption at 4:30 p.m. the following day.