Comets fall to Foxes, Tigers
By Greg Seubert
It’s been a rough ride so far this season for the Waupaca girls’ soccer team.
That ride got a little rougher with recent 8-0 North Eastern Conference losses at home to Fox Valley Lutheran and Wrightstown.
FVL improved to 2-1 in conference play May 1, while Wrightstown handed the Comets their sixth straight loss.
FVL 8, Waupaca 0
The Foxes outshot the Comets 17-2 and goalkeeper Kylie Hiddemen made nine saves.
“The weather was a factor in the way the game started,” coach Mark Polebitski said. “In the first minute, a ball was played into our penalty area and took a high bounce. With the wind, hail and rain, our backs lost track of the ball and it squirted into the net. The girls held tough until the just before half and let two goals go in in the remaining two minutes.
“Offensively, we could not get anything going,” he said. “Ball possession was not great, partially brought on by the playing conditions. We need to improve in this aspect of the game, regardless of the weather. We tried some people at different positions throughout the match. Moving Shyla Koshollek to midfield helped improve the game there, but it is really hard to replace a quality sweeper.”
Wrightstown 8, Waupaca 0
The Tigers had a 34-3 advantage in shots.
“The girls played tough for the first 30 minutes of the first half,” Polebitski said. “A breakdown from the 33rd to the 35th minute led to three Wrightstown goals. We played tough again until the 72nd minute, then a couple more goals fell.”
Low numbers and injuries have taken a toll on the team so far, according to Polebitski.
“With low numbers this year coupled with injuries, it seems like we are always competing with few or no substitutes at the end of the match,” he said. “It’s been Ironman soccer for most of the season.”
On the other hand, Polebitski said the team has improved.
“The schedule lightens up a bit in May,” he said. “The matches should become more competitive. The girls are also getting better every week.”