Menomonee Falls girls soccer loses to Divine Savior Holy Angels
Indians defending Greater Metro Conference champions
The Menomonee Falls girls soccer team needs a little help.
Not in the physical sense, as the Indians are coming off their best season ever, a 17-2-1 record including a first Greater Metro Conference title in school history with many pieces back from that team.
But that was not quite enough to slip past GMC rival and state power Divine Savior Holy Angels on April 23, when the Dashers scored two goals just three minutes apart late in the second half to defeat the Indians, 2-0, in a contest critical to whoever will be the league champion this spring.
Ranked in state
It will also have huge ramifications as to who will have an early edge in state rankings as the Dashers entered the game ranked first while the Indians were second. Falls bounced back a day later to batter Slinger, 6-2, in a non-conference game and improve to 5-1 overall.
"We played pretty well," said Indians coach Scott Stein of the DSHA contest, "but we just could not finish. We had three hit off the bar, including one right away the sort of set the tone. We played better in the second half and really controlled things but we just couldn't finish.
"It was a tough loss, especially considering how high our expectations are this year. ... The kids really took it to heart. They didn't like the feeling. We saw what we can do differently like maintaining our intensity all the way through to the end."
And that will require help.
"We'll bounce back," Stein said. "because everyone's tough in this league. Brookfield Central and East tied the other day and they'll be difficult for both of us (DSHA included) to beat. We get a little help and take care of business, we could still be right there (for another league title)."
The Indians took on West Allis Central in another GMC tilt on Tuesday, then will host non-conference opponent Nicolet at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, and then will host Westosha Central in another nonleague tilt at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3.
A younger team
Falls is quite a bit younger this season than in the past couple of seasons with only four seniors, all of them co-captains.
They include keeper Kayla Heagney, midfielders Anna Smalley and Jen Eberhardy, and forward Rachel Clayton. Smalley is a returning first-team WSCA All-State selection while Eberhardy and junior defender Sammy Lehnen were both honorable mention all-state.
Smalley is in her fourth year on varsity while the others are all in their third year.
Falls has seven juniors, six sophomores and two freshmen on the team.
Others will be counted on heavily this season include junior Jami Lessila who moved from midfield to outside defender to try to fill some gaps, as one projected returner in back moved and another was lost for the season with a leg injury.
Also providing a talented base for the Indians will be two-year starting defender/midfielder Tessa Estock, freshman midfielder/forward Kylie Sprecher, fresh off a solid season on the girls basketball team, and juniors Hannah Tobayek and Maggie Greifenkamp.
"We're going to ride the four captains a lot this year," said Stein. "We're only going to be about 12 deep so we're going to need to stay healthy. ... We have a real good mix out there with nice chemistry. We're pretty good technically, but we're still piecing together a few things."
In the win over Slinger, the Indians got two goals from Clayton (assists to Eberhardy and Lessila) and Sprecher (Greifenkamp and sophomore midfielder Maura Schwabenlander) and solo scores from sophomore midfielder Madeline Perinovic (junior forward Brianna Bachmann) and Greifenkamp (sophomore forward Alex Graeber and Smalley).
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