Momentum continued to build for the Hustisford/Dodgeland prep girls soccer team on Thursday as the United notched a 7-1 victory over Southeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschool Athletics in a non-conference match at Hustisford High School.
Julia Leinen scored twice in the first 27 minutes of the contest to help H/D (4-0) to an early 3-0 lead and five different girls combined to collect the other goals scored by the United.
“We took another step forward in our growth as a team tonight,” said H/D coach Otto Hopfinger, whose United are ninth in Division 4 according to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association state rankings. “The passion is growing and I can see it and feel it as I watch each game.
“So many players stepped up again tonight.”
Leinen’s first goal came after she beat three defenders down the field and then fired a low shot just inside the far left post to make it 1-0 in the 8th minute, and then her next goal game after Alena Beisbier chipped a shot over the keeper and Leinen made a run on it for a one-touch goal to give H/D a 3-0 lead in the 27th minute.
Beisbier sandwiched a goal in between the two on a shot that slipped through the SWCHA keeper’s hands in the 24th minute.
The United’s attack vs. SWCHA (1-1-1) was persistent all night long, something Hopfinger attributed to a sound effort across the whole field.
“We passed the ball very well again tonight and our defense did an outstanding job of staying organized, helping and recovering,” he said.
Next up for H/D is a game at defending Flyway Conference champion Fond du Lac Winnebago Lutheran on Tuesday in a matchup of teams both off to 1-0 starts in league play.
The United finished in a three-way tie for second in the conference last year but will be looking to establish themselves as the team to beat this year by taking down the Vikings, who are off to a slow start at 1-3-1 overall.
HUSTISFORD/DODGELAND 7, SWCHA 1
SWCHA 0 1 — 1
H/D 4 3 — 7
First half: H/D — Julia Leinen, 7:09. Alena Beisbier, 23:55. Julia Leinen (Alensa Beisbier), 26:26. Alison Huber (Cheyenne Vitense), 43:25.
Second half: H/D — Rylie Collien, 51:12. Tristin Bischoff (Katelyn Rinehart), 76:40. SWCHA — Tori Schein, 80:30. H/D — Cheyenne Vitense (Brielle Blome), 83:13.
Saves: SWCHA (Sophia Van Eerden) 17, H/D (Katelyn Rinehart 3, Layne Olson 1) 4. Shots on goal: SWCHA 5, H/D 26.