This one really hurts, for obvious reasons.
The lone goal of the WIAA sectional semifinal game between the Menomonee Falls girls soccer team and Divine Savior Holy Angels on Thursday, June 12 was enough to send DSHA into the sectional final and bring the Falls season to a close.
With the game scoreless after nearly 70 minutes of play, it looked as though the Division 1 battle could be headed for overtime when DSHA's Olivia Wright sent a cross into the Indians' box, which the Falls defenders promptly cleared out for a corner kick. The corner, which was taken by DSHA's Hannah Perlewitz, hit off of the crossbar and dropped straight to Wright, who headed the ball into the Falls net for the game's only goal.
"We practice that kind of play a lot in practice," said Wright. "Once I saw it hit the crossbar and coming down, I knew that I could head it and it would be a goal, because we've been practicing that a lot in practice. It's exciting.
"It's something we've worked on, obviously, a lot of set pieces," DSHA coach Kevin Roethe said. "We haven't planned on the crossbar, but we hope to put girls in the right spot to score goals, and credit to Olivia, she had a nice finish. That's something we do in practice consistently, and we expect to score on corner kicks."
Falls coach Scott Stein said his team was obviously devastated as the Indians once again came up just a little bit short of an elusive WIAA State Tournament berth. The Indians (21-3) had finished the regular season as the top-ranked team in the state division 1 polls while Greater Metro Conference champion DSHA, which had been No. 1 for most of the season before a few late losses, had fallen out of the top five.
DSHA (16-5-2) advanced to a WIAA sectional final game held June 14 against Germantown (14-5) with a state tournament berth on the line (see separate story).
"It's hard; the ball hits off the top of the post, a lucky bounce, it bounced back in, and they headed it in," Stein said. "Most of the time, that ball is usually viewed as being out by the linesman, but apparently it wasn't."
It was the second time Falls had lost to the Dashers this season, the first being a 2-0 decision back on April 25. This loss also broke an eight-game winning streak for Falls.
The game had ebbed and flowed throughout the first and second halves, with both teams creating opportunities to score. Midway through the first half, Wright nearly tapped the ball past Falls goalkeeper Kayla Heagney, but Heagney was able to chase the ball down and stop it from crossing the goal line. Near the end of the half, a low shot from distance by Menomonee Falls' Jen Eberhardy was well saved by Olivia Myszewski for the Dashers.
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