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May 17, 2018

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Sauk Prairie's girls soccer team won the Waupaca Invite last weekend.

The weather has been nasty this spring.

But Sauk Prairie's girls' soccer team hasn't let anything deter it from having a tremendous season.

Behind the one-two scoring punch of sophomores Kelsey Selden and Ella Schad and a stellar defensive effort, Sauk Prairie won the 23rd annual Waupaca Comet Varsity Invitational last Saturday. The Eagles extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games and won their second tournament of the season.

Sauk Prairie also rallied to tie Watertown, 2-2, in a Badger Conference crossover game last week. The Eagles (11-2-1, 4-0 Badger North) haven't lost since a 1-0 defeat to Monona Grove on April 24, compiling a 9-0-1 record since then.

Sauk Prairie has also outscored its opponents 29-7 this season.

The highlight of the week was Sauk Prairie's championship at the Waupaca Comet Varsity Invitational.

Schad scored two goals and added an assist to earn tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Selden also scored two goals to help spark the Eagles.

"They gave the MVP trophy to Ella, but they could have given it to Kelsey or Ella," Sauk Prairie assistant coach Jacob Breunig said. "Both were very good. Kelsey had two game-winning goals and Ella had one. They were both great for our team."


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Sauk Prairie opened the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Marquette (Mich.) in a quarterfinal match after Selden converted an assist from Schad in the 54th minute. Junior Bridget Fabian made one save for the Eagles.

In the semifinals, Menasha struck first with a goal on a penalty kick in the 17th minute.

But it was all Sauk Prairie the rest of the way with the Eagles rallying for a 3-1 victory to advance to the title game.

Senior defender and co-captain Isabelle Jelinek scored her second career goal and second of the season on a free kick in the 23rd minute to help Sauk Prairie pull into a 1-1 tie heading into halftime.

Schad then delivered the game-winner off an assist from junior Camryn Ballweg in the 46th minute. Schad capped the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 57th minute.

Freshman goalkeeper Maddie Ganshert had two saves for the Eagles.

That set the stage for a thrilling championship matchup against Appleton West with neither team able to put one in the back of the net until Kelsey Selden slammed home an assist from sophomore Ainsley Apel in the 42nd minute for the game-winner for Sauk Prairie.

Pistono made nine saves to help the Eagles record their eighth shutout of the season.

Games were limited to 30-minute halves, and Sauk Prairie started each goalkeeper one game.

"We only gave up one goal and that was on a penalty kick that just snuck past Maddie (Ganshert)," Jacob Breunig said. "Molly (Pistono) made some big saves. Appleton West was a good team and they put a lot of shots on her."

Sauk Prairie 2, Watertown 2: Kelsey Selden scored a goal in the final minute to help rally the Eagles in an exciting Badger Conference crossover matchup May 8.

"Watertown put the most pressure on us, and it was the first time we've given up multiple goals so far this season," Jacob Breunig said. "The defense is really trying to limit the number of shots they give up and have been playing pretty prideful back there. That's good to see. They protect the goalie well."

Sauk Prairie struck first when senior co-captain Claire Selden assisted on Ella Schad's goal in the 42nd minute.

But Watertown's Alayna Clark answered a minute later to send the teams into halftime tied at 1-1.

Clark gave the Goslings a 2-1 lead with a goal in the 62nd minute, and it looked like it would hold up.

"They're a good team and had some good goals scorers," Jacob Breunig said.

But so do the Eagles with Schad finding Kelsey Selden for the tying goal in the 89th minute.

Senior goalkeeper Molly Pistono finished with 10 saves for Sauk Prairie.

"We really battled back," Jacob Breunig said. "Ella made a great pass that got to Kelsey's feet luckily and she was able to make a good touch on it and put it on goal and put it where the goalie wasn't with 45 seconds left to tie it. That was a good recovery for us."

• On deck: Following a Badger North Conference game against Mount Horeb on Monday, Sauk Prairie will host Waunakee in a league game on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Eagles host Tomah in a non-conference game on Friday at 7 p.m. Sauk Prairie then hosts Oregon in a Badger Conference crossover game on Tuesday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

May 8

Watertown 2, Sauk Prairie 2

Watertown ............................. 1 1 - 2

Sauk Prairie ........................... 1 1 - 2

First half: SP - Ella Schad (Claire Selden), 42:00. W - Clark (Marchant), 43:00.

Second half: W - Clark (Schroeder), 62:00. SP - Kelsey Selden (Schad), 89:00.

Saves: W (Harmsen) 9, SP (Molly Pistono) 10.

May 12

Waupaca Invitational

Sauk Prairie 1, Marquette (Mich.) 0

Marquette (Mich.) ................ 0 0 - 0

Sauk Prairie ........................ 0 1 - 1

Second half: SP - Kelsey Selden (Ella Schad), 54:00.

Saves: M (Burke) 10, SP (Bridget Fabian) 1.

May 12

Waupaca Invitational semifinal

Sauk Prairie 3, Menasha 1

Menasha .............................. 1 0 - 1

Sauk Prairie .......................... 1 2 - 3

First half: M - Morgan, 17:00 (pk). SP - Isabelle Jelinek, 23:00.

Second half: SP - Ella Schad (Camryn Ballweg), 46:00; Schad, 57:00.

Saves: M (Hershberger) 7, SP (Maddie Ganshert) 2.

May 12

Waupaca Invitational championship

Sauk Prairie 1, Appleton West 0

Appleton West ...................... 0 0 - 0

Sauk Prairie ........................ 0 1 - 1

Second half: SP - Kelsey Selden (Ainsley Apel), 42:00.

Saves: AW (Erstad) 4, SP (Molly Pistono) 9.

 
 

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