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Heights falls short at state

Vanguards edged in semifinals


June 21, 2018

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Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld girls soccer player Ashlee Adler (12) clears a loose ball during the Vanguards' loss to Cedar Grove/Belgium in the WIAA Division 4 state semifinals last Friday.

It was a season they'll never forget.

One in which they broke through and made a name for themselves throughout the state.

Unfortunately for the Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld girls soccer team, it came to an end last Friday.

The Vanguards reached the WIAA Division 4 state tournament for the first time in school history. But Cedar Grove/Belgium edged WH/B, 1-0, in a state semifinal game held at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

The Vanguards, seeded fourth at the state tournament, finished the year 12-5. CG/B, the No. 1 seed at state, improved to 16-1-1 before losing to third-seeded Kenosha St. Joseph, 2-1, in the state finals on Saturday.

"I am really proud of the girls," said WH/B coach Bartlett Holmes. "A great journey for our players, coaching staff and our communities. Special run."

CG/B controlled play throughout and held a 23-2 advantage in shots and a 7-0 edge in corner kicks.

Kelsi Handel and Hana King had the Vanguards' two shots on goal, while WH/B keeper Destinee Schmidt was brilliant in net with 15 saves.

CG/B struck just 1 minute, 27 seconds into the game when Amy TenHaken one-timed a corner kick from Haven Minick to put the Vanguards' in a 1-0 hole.

WH/B did a magnificent job keeping CG/B - which entered the game averaging nearly 5.0 goals per game - off the board the rest of the way. But the Vanguards never could net the equalizer.

"To give up a quick and potentially deflating goal two minutes into the game, but then to keep fighting for 88 minutes says a lot about the character of this team," Holmes said.

Despite the loss, the future appears remarkably bright for WH/B.

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Natalie Hering (right) fights for a ball during Wisconsin Heights/Barneveld's loss to Cedar Grove/Belgium in the state semifinals last Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park.

The Vanguards lose gifted seniors Karlee Adler, Sammie Bollig, Izzy Wright and Schmidt.

But with the overwhelming majority of the roster back, WH/B hopes its memorable run to the state tournament is just the first of many.

WIAA Division 4 state semifinals

June 15

Wis. Heights/Barneveld ...... 0 0 - 0

Cedar Grove-Belgium ........ 1 0 - 1

First half - CGB: TenHaken (Minick), 1:27.

Shots - WHB 2 (Handel, King); CGB 23 (Rose 8, Lanser 4, Krause 3, Minick 2, TenHaken 2, Teunissen 2, Cooney, Oszuscik). Shots on goal - WHB 2 (Handel, King); CGB 16 (Rose 6, Minick 2, TenHaken 2, Lanser 2, Teunissen 2, Conney, Oszuscik). Corner kicks - WHB 0; CGB 7. Fouls - WHB 6; CGB 5. Offside - WHB 0; CGB 1. Saves - WHB (Schmitt) 14; CGB (Braga) 2.


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