Appleton Xavier ended the season for the Waupaca girls’ soccer team June 8 by handing the Comets a 3-0 defeat in a Division 2 sectional final matchup in North Fond du Lac.
The Comets had advanced to the final June 6 with a 1-0 win over Winneconne.
Xavier 3, Waupaca 0
NORTH FOND DU LAC – While Waupaca coach Mark Polebitski was looking to take his first team to state, Xavier was shooting for its 10th trip in 11 years.
The Hawks scored three first-half goals and outshot the Comets 9-3.
“We took some offensive heat from the Hawks in the first half,” Polebitski said. “We were short a couple of midfielders and had a hard time keeping pace. Sierra Patzke really worked hard in the middle. It always seemed that two players were pressuring the ball and it was hard to get the ball up the field.”
The Comets did have some breakaway opportunities in the second half, but couldn’t put the ball in the net.
“Second half we changed things around in the second half by putting (goalkeeper) Josee (Waitrovich) on the field,” Polebitski said. “That definitely changed the matchup in the midfield. We had three good chances to score and held Xavier to only two shots on goal and scoreless. The better team won today, but it was a great soccer game nevertheless.”
Waupaca 1, Winneconne 0
WINNECONNE – Mikaila Johnson came up with the game’s only goal on the Wolves’ home field.
Winneconne had handed Waupaca an Eastern Valley Conference loss earlier in the season and came into the game with a 15-1-1 record. Waupaca improved to 12-5-1 with the win. Although the Wolves outshot the Comets 9-5, Winneconne wasn’t able to find the net.
Johnson’s goal came in the game’s 14th minute. Lizzi Hanke tackled the ball away from a Winneconne player at midfield and found Sierra Patzke, who played a ball between the last two defenders for Johnson. Johnson finished the play with a low shot to the post.
“Mikaila’s goal in the 14th minute was well-developed,” Polebitski said. “We worked on the one-on-one situation during the past few weeks and it paid off. Mikaila did a good job getting the keeper to commit and took her back the other way.”
Winneconne’s best chance to score came three minutes after Johnson’s goal, but Michelle Walker’s penalty kick sailed to the left of the goal after the Comets’ Anna Abrams was whistled for a handball in the penalty area.
“The defense kept Winneconne from getting off their best shot,” Polebitski said. “Anna (Abrams), Courtney (Jungers), Nikki (Weise) and Amber (VanHandel) kept close to their mark all game long. They were exhausted after the match. Josee made several good saves to keep us in the game.”