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The Sauk Prairie girls soccer team used its defense to take home the Waupaca Invitational title for the second straight year.

The Eagles gave up just one goal in Saturday's three-game tournament, claiming wins over Marquette (Mich.) and Menasha before beating Appleton West in the championship.

Sauk Prairie opened up with a 1-0 win over Marquette, scoring the lone goal when Ella Schad assisted Kelsey Selden in the 54th minute. The Eagles had an 11-1 advantage in shots on goal, while Sauk Prairie goalie Bridget Fabian made one save.

Sauk Prairie had to come from behind in the 3-1 semifinal win over Menasha. The Eagles fell behind on a 17th-minute penalty kick before Isabelle Jelinek scored on a 23rd-minute free kick to tie the game at 1-1. 

The Eagles jumped ahead in the opening minute of the second half, as Camryn Ballweg assisted Schad for a 46th-minute goal that gave Sauk Prairie a 2-1 advantage.

Schad tacked on an insurance goal in the 57th minute and Maddie Ganshert made two saves as the Eagles held on to advance to the title game.

The Eagles drew Appleton West in the championship game. Selden provided the lone goal in the 1-0 win, taking an assist from Ainsley Apel and scoring in the 42nd minute to give Sauk Prairie the 1-0 win.

"Our one goal was really, really nice," Sauk Prairie coach Mike Rauls said. "We won the ball in the midfield, sent it back to our sweeper and then we went down the length of the field, got a shot on goal and Kelsey finished really strongly. To win that won 1-0 and to hold them off was really good."

The Eagles were outshot 9-5 in the championship, but Sauk Prairie goalkeeper Molly Pistono made nine saves in Sauk Prairie's seventh shutout win of the season.

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