Menomonee Falls girls soccer team wins regional title over Central
Indians get rematch with DSHA
Menomonee Falls senior keeper Kayla Heagney said it can be difficult to beat a team twice, but the Indians girls soccer team sure made it look easy on the night of June 7.
Falls (21-2) coasted to a 2-0 victory over conference foe Brookfield Central (12-3-1) in a WIAA Division 1 regional final on June 7, about two weeks after beating the Lancers on their home field, 1-0.
"After we beat them the last time, we knew it would be another low-scoring game," Heagney said. "They say it's tough to beat the same team twice like that, but we really wanted this one. We came in acting like we've never played them before."
Falls moves on to face top-seeded Divine Savior Holy Angels, the Greater Metro Conference champion, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at Quad Park. DSHA (15-5-2) gave Falls one of its only two losses, a 2-0 setback on April 23.
It will likely be the game to watch in state soccer that evening as DSHA is top-ranked in state D1 soccer polls, while the Indians are third.
"Good performance tonight, but now it's on to the next one, and we're going to have our hands full," said Falls coach Scott Stein. "I'm proud of the way our seniors are stepping up."
If Falls beats DSHA, it will advance to a WIAA sectional final Saturday, June 14, at UW-Oshkosh's Titan Stadium at 7 p.m. against the winner of Homestead-Germantown with the winner heading to the WIAA State Tounament at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, June 19-21. The sectional final game may be moved closer to Milwaukee pending an appeal to the WIAA (see Menomonee FallsNOW.com for details).
Heagney, one of those seniors, isn't satisfied with just getting to sectionals.
"It feels great now because this was our last home game," she said. "I left everything I had out here. Being a senior, that's what I wanted to do, but we're not finished yet."
Falls is seeking its first-ever state tournament berth.
Heagney was a key factor in the shutout win over Central, with two of her saves coming on typically dangerous high shots she was able to knock out of play.
"Obviously I try to make all the plays I can," she said. "But it's not just me back there. It's a whole team, and I've got a great defense in front of me."
"Kayla made some tremendous saves," Stein said. "Those were probably their two best chances to score, and she did what she's done all year. It's what we've come to expect out of her. She's a terrific athlete, and she's a great kid."
Falls got on the board in familiar fashion in the 20th minute when senior forward Rachel Clayton headed a goal from freshman forward Kylie Sprecher. It was Clayton's team-leading 30th goal of the season and Sprecher's team-leading 15th assist.
"Kelly's a strong freshman, and they've been a great tandem for us this year," Stein said. "They showed up tonight when we needed them to and now it's on to sectionals."
Central struggled all night to find its offense and spent most of the game trying to get the ball off its own side of the field. Falls' persistent attack paid off with another header in the 64th minute when senior midfielder Anna Smalley knocked one in from senior midfielder Jen Eberhardy. Both goals were scored off dead-ball situations.
"It was pretty much the game I expected going in," Stein said. "Not a whole lot of offense, but I was very pleased with how we upped the intensity tonight. I thought we missed a couple in the first half and had some lulls in the second half, but once we got the second goal, I felt like we were in a pretty good place."
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