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Eagles soccer team keeps on rolling


May 10, 2018

Kelsey Selden wasn’t happy about having to sit on the sidelines for several games with an injury after leading Sauk Prairie’s girls’ soccer team in scoring a year ago.

But the Eagles’ sophomore forward was back in action last week providing her usual spark and helping Sauk Prairie cap a 3-0 week.

Selden opened the scoring with a goal 8 minutes into the second half to jumpstart a 3-1 victory over Madison East in a non-conference game at Breese Stevens Field last Saturday.

Although Selden missed the Eagles’ 3-0 win over DeForest in a Badger North Conference matchup on May 1, she was back in the lineup last Friday night.

Selden scored two goals to help Sauk Prairie blank Beaver Dam 4-0 in conference play.

Through 10 games, Sauk Prairie has recorded six shutouts and outscored its opponents 22-4. The Eagles are 8-2 overall and 4-0 in the Badger North Conference play.

Selden said she “didn’t want to miss all the fun.”

“I just kept doing my therapy,” Selden said. “I just really wanted to get back and play with the team. I was sick and tired of watching them.”

Selden is also happy that her sister, Claire, a senior captain, is able to contribute to the team after being sidelined all last season with an injury.

“It’s been very exciting,” Kelsey Selden said. “I’m so glad she is able to play and is not injured. I’m just hoping I can stay healthy.”

Following is a recap of last week’s action.

• Sauk Prairie 3, DeForest 0 — The Eagles scored three first half goals in a span of six minutes to blank the visiting Norskies in a Badger North Conference game on May 1.

“The soccer gods are fickle,” Sauk Prairie coach Mike Rauls said. “That was the difference in the game. DeForest is a good team. We hadn’t beaten them in five years.”

Camryn Ballweg kicked off the scoring with what proved to be the game-winner at the 18-minute mark for Sauk Prairie (6-2, 3-0 Badger North).

“Cam had a special game today,” Rauls said. “She’s playing with some confidence and showed some moves in the second half. She wants the ball and goes and gets it. She doesn’t want to give it up. She’s got a cannon for a right foot.”

Lexi Tobias scored her first varsity goal at 22 minutes, while Ella Schad capped the scoring with a goal in the 24th minute.

“Lexi was excited about that,” Rauls said. “She had a nice hit. And Ella is Ella, she can shoot the ball, too. That ball came to her, and she just one-timed it in.”

Senior goalkeeper Molly Pistono finished with three saves to stymie DeForest (4-3, 1-2).

• Sauk Prairie 4, Beaver Dam 0 — There was plenty of team bonding before the game, when the host Eagles spent most of the day last Friday getting the field ready for play following heavy rain storms.

Kelsey Selden also returned to action after a six-game absence due to a hip injury and scored two first half goals to help Sauk Prairie jump out to a 3-0 halftime lead.

“A lot of us took buckets or were vacuuming up water,” Kelsey Selden said. “We took bucket loads off the field.”

Macy Breunig and Claire Selden also scored goals for the Eagles, who posted their sixth shutout of the season and fourth straight in league play.

“Talk about the joy of the game,” coach Rauls said. “The girls wanted to get it in. It was Youth Night and they wanted to get that game in because they’ve had two rained out. They love to play the game of soccer. It was heart warming to see.”

• Sauk Prairie 3, Madison East 1 — Kelsey Selden and Riley Breunig each scored goals as the visiting Eagles beat the Purgolders in non-conference action at Breese Stevens Field.

Junior Bridget Fabian made her first start of the season in goal for the Eagles and finished with four saves.

“We have a lot of depth and are all pretty good,” Fabian said of fellow goalkeepers senior Molly Pistono and freshman Maddie Ganshert. “But we have a really good defense and have been solid all year.”

Kelsey Selden opened the scoring off an assist from Macy Breunig in the 53rd minute and Camryn Ballweg converted off an assist from Ainsley Apel three minutes later for a quick 2-0 lead.

Riley Breunig scored off an assist from Claire Selden in the 73rd minute to cap the scoring for the Eagles.

“It’s a good group of girls,” Rauls said. “I’ve got a great coaching staff and things are going our way. We’ve got some tough games coming up. Who knows what we can accomplish? We’ve got to be happy with where we’re at right now.”


Sauk Prairie recorded a perfect week in winning three dual matches and its first tournament championship last week.

The host Eagles extended their winning streak to four matches in a row when they swept Portage, 7-0, in a Badger North Conference dual and dominated Viroqua, 6-1, in a non-conference dual in triangular competition May 1.

In winning 13 of the 14 matches, Sauk Prairie accomplished the feat in two sets in each match.

Sophomore Noah Wankerl swept both of his matches at No 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0, while sophomore Chris Leatherberry did the same at No. 4 singles. Sophomore Kelby Mack and senior Parker Chrisler lost just one game in sweeping both of their matches at No. 1 doubles.

Sophomore Tarren Nimmow also won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles to lead the Eagles past Viroqua.

Chrisler and Mack earned the team’s lone doubles victory to help the Eagles hold off Baraboo, 4-3, in a Badger North Conference dual match last Friday to run their dual match winning streak to five games and improve to 4-0 in conference play.

Sauk then capped a busy week by sweeping the No. 1 singles and doubles titles to edge Milton 30-29 and win the eight-team Stoughton Invitational last Saturday. Oregon was third with 25 points.

Wankerl won the No. 1 singles title, and Chrisler and Mack won the No. 1 doubles crown. Sauk Prairie’s No. 2 doubles pair of senior Dakota Pickard and junior Max Wilkinson also won their championship match.

Nimmow finished second at No. 2 singles, while Leatherberry was second at No. 4 singles.


High winds made play an adventure for Sauk Prairie and the rest of the field when Waunakee hosted a Badger North Conference mini-meet at the Meadows of Sixmile Creek on May 1.

Waunakee shot a 34-over par 288 to win the meet, seven strokes ahead of runner-up Mount Horeb, which carded a 329. Sauk Prairie shot a 385 to finish eighth.

Sophomore Tyler Ramaker tied for 24th with a 22-over 94 to pace the Eagles. Junior Jake Vieth carded a 95 and senior Jake Zimmerman shot a 96. Sophomore Aaron Frey shot a 100 to round out the Sauk Prairie scoring. Senior Drew Raschein rounded out the lineup with a 101.

“We had the exact same score aT our last mini-meet. However, Waunakee’s course is much more difficult and the wind was crazy,” Sauk Prairie coach Sean McGann said. “There were a lot of high scores across the board for the conference.

“But what is hurting our team the most is just the penalties. Our short game has improved tremendously, but we need to eliminate those wasted strokes.” 

From wind to rain, Mother Nature continued to make life on the golf course an adventure for Sauk Prairie at the Portage Invitational last Friday.

Reedsburg won a one-hole team playoff over host Portage to capture the title at the 14-team invitational at Portage Country Club. The event was shortened to 12 holes due to wet playing conditions.

Monona Grove’s Jake Schroeckenthaler shot an even-par 46 to earn medalist honors.

Sauk Prairie placed eighth with a team score of 241 led by Frey, who shot a 57. Rounding out the team scores for the Eagles were Vieth and Zimmerman, tied at 60, and Ramaker with a 64. Raschein rounded out the lineup with a 69.

“The biggest thing today was again, the penalties,” coach McGann said. “We did not putt well today, well over 12 three-four putts, which hurts.”


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