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Eagles' soccer team on a roll

 

September 20, 2018

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Max Wilkinson (4) and Sauk Prairie's boys soccer team had a terrific week.

Junior forward Evan Carlson and senior midfielder Max Wilkinson combined for five goals and four assists to power Sauk Prairie to a 7-0 victory over visiting Monroe in a Badger Conference crossover match last Friday night.

That capped a near perfect week for the Eagles (7-3 overall, 1-1 Badger North) after they recorded a 3-1 victory over visiting Beaver Dam in a Badger North Conference game on Sept. 11 and followed it up by blanking host Wisconsin Heights 4-0 in a non-conference contest last Thursday.

Wilkinson said the recent move of Carlson to the point of attack for the Eagles has worked wonders for the team in many ways.

"We weren't getting the ball through the defense, and we weren't finding enough opportunities to score," Wilkinson said. "So putting Evan up there, we definitely found so many more opportunities.

"It's so nice to have a player up there we can rely on to hold the ball, distribute the ball and find people. It takes so much pressure off our backs. It was a great switch to make."

Carlson said the Eagles were determined to get the week off to a good start against Beaver Dam. He took matters into his own hands, striking in second minute against the Golden Beavers (3-3-1, 1-1 Badger North) to give Sauk Prairie the lead for good.

"We said the first 5 minutes, we were going to press the goal and get a goal hopefully and defend well," he said. "It was good to see that we can attack early and attack fast."

Carlson then made it 2-0 in the 24th minute to help Sauk Prairie earn its first conference victory of the season.

"It was a great start for us, and we needed to pick up a conference win and get ourselves on track to have an opportunity to win a conference championship again this year," Sauk Prairie coach Trevor Van Laanen said of the Eagles, who have earned at least a share of three of the last four Badger North titles.

"We had worked on some very specific things in practice. It took a little bit but they started executing those things, and Evan is just a real creative player up top."

Carlson also had a hand in the Eagles' final goal, assisting on Wilkinson's shot that found the back of the net in the 50th minute.

That drew a roar of approval from not only Van Laanen, but the rest of the Eagles, too.

"He covers so much ground. He probably runs 11 miles a game. He's all over the place," Van Laanen said of Wilkinson, a co-captain. "What he does so well is that not only does he get offensive, he is the first one to hustle back and get in defensive shape when we lose the ball.

"Guys rally behind him for that. When he can score, it's great for him. I just feel so happy for the kid because he works so hard all the time. To reward him with a goal is great."

Beaver Dam junior midfielder Pedro Rodriquez broke up the Eagles' shutout bid when he converted a penalty kick at the 86:42 mark.

But that was all the offense the Golden Beavers could muster. Sauk Prairie junior goalkeeper Riley Jelinek made three saves, and the Sauk Prairie defense did the rest.

"That was big," Wilkinson said of the conference victory. "That was the goal tonight. Two losses, there goes the conference title so it had to be a win tonight. We won, that was the goal."

Sauk Prairie made it two in a row in the victory column with the shutout win over Wisconsin Heights. Junior Simon Enerson sparked the offense with two goals, the first off an assist by Carlson in the 11th minute.

Carlson added an unassisted goal in the 18th minute to stake the Eagles to a 2-0 lead at the break.

"Evan was able to pick a guy's pocket on the ball and was able to find the back of the net," Van Laanen said. "He does a great job of beating guys one-on-one. He does a great job of getting past that first guy."

Junior Jakob Wilson converted an assist from junior Aaron Frey in the 60th minute, and Enerson scored off a Wilkinson assist in the 80th minute to cap the scoring for the Eagles.

Sauk Prairie then used a strong second half, scoring five goals to run away from Monroe in a game that was rescheduled from Aug. 28 due to inclement weather.

Carlson finished with his third hat trick in five games and added two assists, while Wilkinson added two goals and two assists and senior Alvin Lopez had two goals and an assist to pace the Eagles.

Van Laanen said the emergence of junior Abe Castro has also provided a recent spark for the Eagles.

"Abe is the vocal leader on the field," Van Laanen said. "Over the last couple of games playing the triangle, he is doing an excellent job at talking to guys, directing, keeping the triangle in shape, keeping guys in front of him in shape. He brings a whole level of physical play to the midfield that we've needed."

• On deck: Sauk Prairie will host Lodi in a non-conference game Thursday at 7 p.m. The Eagles host Verona in a non-conference game Saturday on Parents Day at 11 a.m. Sauk Prairie will then host Waunakee in a Badger North Conference game on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

Sept. 11

Sauk Prairie 3, Beaver Dam 1

Beaver Dam................ 0 1 - 1

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

First half: SP – Evan Carlson, 2:00; Carlson, 24:00.

Second half: SP – Max Wilkinson (Carlson), 50:02; BD – Pedro Rodriquez (pk), 86:42.

Saves: BD – (Kenneth Mensah Jr.) 3; SP (Riley Jelinek) 3.

SWIMMING

Sauk Prairie recorded nine second-place finishes, including all three relays, but fell to host DeForest, 108-62, in a Badger North Conference dual on Sept. 11.

"DeForest has a great squad with a lot of top-notch swimmers," Sauk Prairie coach Melani Guentherman said. "But I continue to be happy with our team."

Senior co-captain Mariah Chao returned after missing the Baraboo Relays with an illness to record four runner-up finishes, including the 200-yard freestyle (2:11.67) and 100-yard freestyle (:58.02).

Chao swam on the second-place 200-yard freestyle relay (1:46.58), which included junior Alexa Judd, freshman Ashley Pape and senior co-captain Grace Williams. Chao also anchored the runner-up 400-yard freestyle relay (4:03.05), which included sophomore Cora Dunnum, freshman Kassandra Miller and Judd.

Williams placed second in the 50-yard freestyle in 26.48 seconds and anchored the runner-up 200-yard medley relay (2:02.65) that also included Dunnum, junior Giulia Brickl and Miller.

Also taking second in individual events were Miller, who swam a 2:26.06 in the 200-yard individual medley and Dunnum, who swam a personal season-best 1:04.64 in the 100-yard butterfly.

"Kasssandra Miller had a personal-best time in the 200 IM and was third in the 500 freestyle but she had a real nice time drop in the 500," Guentherman said. "That is a pretty good mid-season time for anybody in the 500. I was very happy with that."

• On deck: Sauk Prairie will host Portage in a Badger North Conference dual on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.

Sept. 11

Deforest 108, Sauk Prairie 62

200 medley relay – 1, DeForest (Oosterhof, Martin, Hargraves, Boehning), 1:58.02; 2, Sauk Prairie 'A' (Cora Dunnum, Giulia Brickl, Kassandra Miller, Grace Williams), 2:02.65; 4, Sauk Prairie 'B' (Summer Acker, Amelia Hunter, Layryn Drager, Emma Breunig), 2:08.33; 6, Sauk Prairie 'C' (Emily VandeHey, Ashley Pape, Jade Babcock, Abbey McCumber), 2:27.75.

200 freestyle – 1, Willis, DF, 2:02.84; 2, Mariah Chao, SP, 2:11.67; 4, Lexa Judd, SP, 2:15.56; 6, Grace Orr, SP, 2:20.66.

200 individual medley – 1, Martin, DF, 2:20.14; 2, Miller, SP, 2:25.06; 5, Hunter, SP, 2:35.93; 6, Drager, SP, 2:36.76.

50 freestyle – 1, Hargraves, DF, :25.63; 2, Williams, SP, :26.48; 3, Dunnum, SP, :26.99; 6, Pape, SP, :27.98

100 butterfly – 1, Hargraves, DF, 1:01.37; 2, Dunnum, SP, 1:04.64; 3, Williams, SP, 1:05.64; 5, Orr, SP, 1:10.28.

100 freestyle – 1, Boehning, DF, :57.30; 2, Chao, SP, :58.02; 5, Breunig, SP, 1:02.10; 6, Brickl, SP, 1:02.98.

500 freestyle – 1, Matson, DF, 5:38.97; 3, Miller, SP, 5:46.56; 4, Acker, SP, 6:08.79; 5, VandeHey, SP, 6:27.58.

200 freestyle relay – 1, DeForest (Boehning, Willis, Martin, Hargraves), 1:45.74; 2, Sauk Prairie 'A' (Chao, Judd, Pape, Williams), 1:46.58; 3, Sauk Prairie 'B' (Orr, Hunter, Drager, Brickl), 1:56.04.

100 backstroke – 1, Willis, DF, 1:03.63; 3, Judd, SP, 1:09.63; 4, Breunig, SP, 1:09.82 2; 6, McCumber, SP, 1:19.79.

100 breaststroke – 1, Martin, DF, 1:13.43; 3, Brickl, SP, 1:16.68; 4, Hunter, SP, 1:20.75; 5, Drager, SP, 1:22.42

400 freestyle – 1, DeForest (Oosterhof, Matson, Camarto, Willis), 3:55.29;

2, Sauk Prairie 'A' (Dunnum, Miller, Judd, Chao) 4:03.05; 4, Sauk Prairie 'B' (Orr, Acker, VandeHey, Breunig) 4:25.64.

VOLLEYBALL

Sauk Prairie fell to 2-2 in Badger North Conference play after the Eagles were swept in three sets by visiting DeForest, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20, last Thursday night.

Freshman Aida Shadewald paced Sauk Prairie on offense, finishing with a team-high seven kills and four service aces.

Sophomore setter Olivia Breunig handed out a team-high eight assists and also finished with six kills and eight digs. Freshman Thea Baier added six assists. Junior Ainsley Apel recorded nine digs to pace the Eagles' defense.

Sauk Prairie lost to Platteville 25-20, 25-12 in the third-place match of the Silver Bracket at the 15-team Middleton Invitational last Saturday. Stoughton defeated the Eagles 25-17, 25-16 in the semifinals.

Earlier in the day, the Eagles finished 2-4 in pool play, rallying for a 21-25, 25-21, 15-12 victory over Madison West.

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Misael Dominguez (5) and Sauk Prairie's boys soccer team rolled past Monroe, 7-0, last week.

• On deck: Sauk Prairie travels to Baraboo for a Badger North Conference dual on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Eagles will then compete at the Westfield Invitational on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

Sept. 13

DeForest 3, Sauk Prairie 0

DeForest ................ 25 25 25

Sauk Prairie .......... 16 21 20

DEFOREST: Kills -Kayla Baumann 8, Heidi Compe 8, Aleah Grundahl 8. Digs - Compe 9. Blocks - Megan Mickelson 2. Aces - Sydney Hoffmann 2, Kaycee Meiners 2, Grundahl 2, Mickelson 2. Assists - Mickelson 22.

SAUK PRAIRIE (leaders): Kills - Aida Shadewald 7, Olivia Breunig 6. Digs - Ainsley Apel 9, Olivia Breunig 8. Blocks - Madi Pertzborn 1, Maddy Setterlund 1, Olivia Smith 1, Lauren Wideen 1. Aces - Shadewald 4. Assists - Olivia Breunig 8, Thea Baier 6.

 
 

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