PRAIRIE DU SAC — The Baraboo prep girls soccer team gave Sauk Prairie everything it could handle for a half.
But the visiting Thunderbirds couldn’t knock off the unbeaten Eagles, who scored two second-half goals to hand Baraboo a 3-1 Badger North Conference loss Thursday.
“I’m really proud of how everyone played,” Baraboo coach Tyler Lang said. “It was a team effort. Everyone played with a we vs. a me attitude, and we just left it all on the field.”
Sauk Prairie (8-0-1, 2-0-1 Badger North) looked to be in control early on, winning three quick corner kicks to create a number of scoring chances.
They eventually capitalized, as Katelyn Fishnick’s cross from the left side trickled through the top of the penalty box and found Faith Holler’s left foot. The freshman buried it in the back of the net to give Sauk Prairie a 1-0 lead 18 minutes, 12 seconds into the first half.
Baraboo (2-4-1, 0-2-0) fought off Sauk Prairie for 15 minutes to stay within one goal, then evened the score at the 33:28 mark. The T-Birds earned a penalty kick and senior captain Abby Moon converted, scoring just the fourth goal this season against Sauk Prairie to tie the game at 1.
“She’s the player who brings people up if they’re down,” Lang said. “She’s a personality on the team and just an overall awesome person.”
Baraboo goalie Adele Griffin covered up a Sauk Prairie scoring chance in the 42nd minute and the teams went to halftime tied at 1.
Sauk Prairie came out gunning in the second half. The aggressiveness led to a 48th-minute penalty kick, which Fishnick put in the upper right-hand corner to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Fishnick tacked on an insurance goal at the 56:31 mark, taking an assist from Camryn Ballweg to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead.
“They’ve got a very talented team, and Katelyn Fishnick, she’s just a standout,” Lang said. “But overall I thought we did a good job of closing her down and making it difficult.
“We just have a couple more things to fine-tune, but it’s starting to come together.”
Sauk Prairie’s Kelsey Selden nearly added another penalty kick goal at 87:27, but Griffin saved it diving to her left to keep the T-Birds within two.
“I think she’s second in saves in the conference. She’s playing well and making good decisions,” Lang said. “She’s a captain for a reason. She’s a leader by example but she’s also a voice in the back. And she’s always positive.”
Sauk Prairie held on down the stretch to stay in second place in the Badger North standings, trailing only Waunakee (7-0-1, 2-0-0). The Eagles will compete in an invitational Saturday at East Troy, an event that they won last year.
The T-Birds will be off for a week before hosting a Badger North game against DeForest on May 3.
Baraboo 1 0 — 1
Sauk Prairie 1 2 — 3
First half: SP — Faith Holler (Katelyn Fishnick) 18:12. B — Abby Moon 33:28, pk.
Second half: SP — Fishnick, 47:55, pk. SP — Fishnick (Camryn Ballweg), 56:31.