The Sauk Prairie girls soccer team remained unbeaten after their most difficult stretch of the season to date.
The Eagles played defending Badger North Conference champion Mount Horeb to a tie before picking up non-conference wins over Lodi and Watertown.
Sauk Prairie 1, Mount Horeb 1
The Eagles nearly knocked off three-time defending Badger North champion Mount Horeb on April 18.
“Mount Horeb game was a big early season matchup,” Sauk Prairie coach Mike Rauls said. “(Mount Horeb) coach Mark Newman had come and scouted us earlier in season as they were rightly worried about us shaking their long hold on conference title. We chose to play a little different formation against them — 4-4-2 rather than the 3-5-2 — which is more defensive against traditional very strong team. ... After game Coach Newman commented that we really had them buzzing the first 20 minutes. ... Possession, corner kicks, shots all were pretty equal after 90 minutes.”
It took just 7 minutes, 12 seconds for the Eagles to score their first goal since 2012 against the Vikings. Faith Holler assisted Camryn Ballweg for a goal that gave Sauk Prairie a 1-0 lead.
“Faith Holler, who had been inserted into starting line up, had a great pass to Cam Ballweg, who beat first-team (All-Badger North Conference) goalie (Grace Droessler) three years in a row from about 22 yards out,” Rauls said.
Mount Horeb pulled even on Olivia Yanna’s 28th-minute goal, then the defenses held the rest of the way.
“Mount Horeb was able to equalize late in the first half on one of our few defensive breakdowns,” Rauls said.
Sauk Prairie goalie Bridget Fabian made a game-high five saves, while Maddie Ganshert added one save for the Eagles. Grace Droessler collected four saves for the Vikings, who fell behind Waunakee (7-0-1, 2-0 Badger North) and Sauk Prairie (7-0-1, 1-0-1) in the conference standings when they suffered a 5-0 defeat Tuesday at Waunakee.
“We were hoping for a win, but a tie was far better than a conference loss as a title is still the team goal and within reach,” Rauls said. “Top teams still control own destinies.”
The Waunakee game was the Vikings’ first conference loss since they suffered a 2-1 defeat at DeForest on May 12, 2015.
Sauk Prairie 1 0 — 1
Mount Horeb 1 0 — 1
First half: SP — Ballweg (Holler), 7:12; MH — Yanna (Conway), 27:43.
Saves: SP (Ganshert 1, Fabian 5) 6; MH (Droessler) 4.
Sauk Prairie 5, Lodi 1
The Eagles picked up a 5-1 non-conference win over Lodi in Monday’s lightning-shortened game in Prairie du Sac.
Katelyn Fishnick was part of all five Sauk Prairie goals, as the Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead before Lodi (3-1-1) got on the board to pull within 5-1 at halftime. A storm caused the game to be called at halftime.
Fishnick finished with three goals and two assists in the win. The freshman scored all three of her goals in an 8:14 stretch, scoring at the 4:19 mark, 10:17 mark and 12:33 mark.
Fishnick also assisted Holler for a third-minute goal and Macy Breunig for a 36th-minute goal.
Ballweg and Kelsey Selden also had assists in the win, while Fabian made two saves for the Eagles.
Lodi 1 x — 1
Sauk Prairie 5 x — 5
First half: SP — Holler (Fishnick), 2:17; Fishnick (Ballweg), 4:19; Fishnick, 10:17; Fishnick (Selden), 12:33; M. Breunig (Fishnick), 35:07; L — Rosga, 37:42. Shots: L 3; SP 7. Saves: L (Schmidt) 6; SP (Fabian) 2. Note: Game called at halftime due to weather.
Sauk Prairie 1, Watertown 0
The Eagles, who have given up just three goals this season, notched their fifth shutout win of the year in Tuesday’s 1-0 non-conference win at Watertown (5-3).
Fishnick scored the lone goal of the night, notching an unassisted goal at the 32:37 mark.
Ganshert and Fabian made three and two saves, respectively, while Sauk Prairie finished with seven shots on goal.
Sauk Prairie will return to Badger North play by hosting Baraboo on Thursday.
Sauk Prairie 1 0 — 1
Watertown 0 0 — 0
First half: SP — Fishnick, 32:37.
Saves: SP (Ganshert 3, Fabian 2) 5; MH (Harmsen) 6.