The Sauk Prairie High School girls soccer team stayed perfect this week, improving to 5-0 with wins over Reedsburg and Platteville.
After outscoring their opponents 25-0 through their first three games, Sauk Prairie (5-0, 1-0 Badger North) was tested a bit more this week. The Eagles claimed a 4-1 home Badger North Conference win over Reedsburg on Monday before notching a 2-0 non-conference win at Platteville on Tuesday.
“I think every game is a test for 90 minutes and a final score doesn’t give the whole story,” Sauk Prairie coach Mike Rauls said Wednesday morning of how his team is playing. “Don’t feel offense or defense is ahead of the other at this point, so intertwined and can change not only from game to game but within a game. One mistake can cost you a goal and a well placed ball can get you one.”
The Eagles took early leads in both wins including when Taylor Breininger assisted Camryn Ballweg for a goal in the sixth minute against Reedsburg. Lauren Frosch assisted Kelsey Selden in the 35th minute to extend the lead to 2-0.
The Beavers (2-3, 0-1) trimmed the deficit to 2-1 going into halftime, scoring the first goal of the season against Sauk Prairie.
But the Eagles responded in the second half, as Katelyn Fishnick scored an unassisted goal before Riley Breunig assisted Ella Schad to cap off the scoring.
The Eagles finished with 13 shots on goal, while Sauk Prairie goalies Bridget Fabian and Maddie Ganshert each made one save in the win.
Both of Sauk Prairie’s goals came in the first half against Platteville. Fishnick assisted Macy Breunig in the fourth minute, then Fishnick took an assist from Schad and scored a goal of her own to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
Ganshert made two saves and Fabian had one save as Sauk Prairie notched its fourth shutout win of the season.
The Eagles will get a chance to make a statement when they visit three-time defending Badger North champion Mount Horeb (3-1, 1-0) on Thursday. The Vikings, who haven’t lost a Badger North game since suffering a 2-1 defeat at DeForest on May 12, 2015, opened the conference season with Monday’s 4-0 win at Beaver Dam. Mount Horeb claimed a 2-0 win at Sauk Prairie last season.
“We’ll see how we respond tomorrow when we are tested by a team we haven’t scored on in five years,” Rauls said of the Mount Horeb game. “Hopefully this is the year we can break through and get a huge win for our program.”
SAUK PRAIRIE 4, REEDSBURG 1
Reedsburg 1 0 — 1
Sauk Prairie 2 2 — 4
First half — SP: Ballweg (Breininger) 5:28, SP: Selden (Frosch) 34:37, R: Halvensleben 36:47.
Second half — SP: Fishnick 67:44, SP: Schad (R. Breunig).
Saves — R (Wertz) 9, S (Fabian 1, Ganshert 1) 2.
SAUK PRAIRIE 2, PLATTEVILLE 0
Sauk Prairie 2 0 — 2
Platteville 0 0 — 0
First half: M. Breunig (Fishnick), 3:38; Fishnick (Schad).
Saves: SP (Fabian 1, Ganshert 2) 3; P (Tranel) 7