WISCONSIN DELLS — With a plethora of experience on this year’s team, the Golden Eagles are hoping continued success is on the way. A dominating season opener was a good place to start.
Junior Isabell Kemper scored four goals and the Golden Eagles blanked La Crosse Logan 7-0 to start the year Tuesday, April 2 at the Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells. The game was originally slated to be played at the Mauston High School soccer/football field, but school officials determined the field was too wet following overnight showers the previous night.
Instead, the game was moved to the synthetic turf fields of the Woodside Sports Complex on a blustery, cloudy evening.
From start to finish, it was all Golden Eagles as they dominated possession time and were relentlessly on the attack offensively.
Junior Samantha Kobylski opened the scoring early in the first half off an assist by junior Ruth Hammer, followed by a pair of goals courtesy of Kemper to hand Mauston a 3-0 lead at the break. Her first goal was assisted by junior Ana Turner and the second was unassisted.
In the early stages of the second half, Kemper completed the hat trick with a goal off a pass from Kobylski. Senior Abby Voss got in on the action with an unassisted goal of her own to push the lead to 5-0. Kobylski added a second goal on the night (assisted by Turner) and Kemper tacked on one last unassisted goal to finish off the 7-0 shutout victory.
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Mauston head coach Greg Rowe was very pleased with his team’s overall performance, especially considering it was the season opener.
“In the first game, you’re always just hoping to acclimate everybody and try to get them comfortable with each other,” Rowe said. “Especially with the turmoil of having to play somewhere else, it was good to settle in and watch everybody feel comfortable together and willing to learn together.”
According to Rowe, this is one of the most experienced teams he’s ever coached. As such, the Golden Eagles are expecting to continue to improve on last season’s winning record thanks to that experience and their balance across the board.
“I’m optimistic because this is probably the most experienced group we have coming back,” Rowe said. “We’re young up front at forward, but we’re learning there pretty quickly. We’ll be a pretty experienced team with a lot of varsity minutes under their belts.
“The younger players who are joining us are really willing to learn. They’re really eager to work with our veterans. And it’s a pretty good blend right now: a couple of young players and a lot of veterans.”
In addition to an experienced defensive core that he expects to be a strong point of the team, Rowe also is confident in his team’s attacking ability, as shown in their blowout win over the Rangers.
“When you look at us attacking, we’re pretty dynamic on the wing,” Rowe said. “They’re able to produce by winning a one-on-one battle on the sideline and then can find their teammates and find space really well.”
The Golden Eagles will welcome in Baraboo Thursday, April 4 at 5 p.m., though the game could be moved to Woodside again depending on the conditions. They’ll then hit the road to face Sparta Friday, April 5 at 4 p.m. and then Reedsburg Tuesday, April 9 at 5 p.m.
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