SPASH Girls Soccer Battles Everest on Home Turf
By Robert Whitmire
The SPASH Girls Soccer team battled D. C. Everest to a 1 – 1 tie at the Portage County Soccer Complex Tuesday night.
The Evergreens sit atop the Wisconsin Valley Conference at 10 – 0 – 1. SPASH sits in third place with a 7 – 2 – 2 record and one conference game remaining.
“”We came into the game with high expectations tonight,” said sophomore Tigist Ficken. “ We knew we were playing a very good team but we were confident and are happy with the outcome.”
The Evergreens pulled out a 3 – 2 win over the Panthers early in the season.
Senior Midfielder Anna Zajakowski found the back of the net at the 9:40 mark of the first half to put SPASH up 1 – 0 and the Panthers took that lead into the halftime break.
“We came out strong, did our jobs, and put one goal into the back of the net – we crushed it,” said senior forward Tesa Peel of the first half.
Senior midfielder McKenna Gilmore scored at the 61:08 mark of the game off a penalty kick awarded to the Evergreens just outside the box.
SPASH finished the game with 9 shots on goal. Everest finished with 10 shots on goal.
“We played well but we let this one get away, much like the Rapids game. The girls we solid on Defense and moved the ball well on offense,” said Panther Coach Don Peel.
SPASH will close out the regular season hosting Wausau East Thursday at the Portage County Youth Soccer Complex. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
The SPASH Junior Varsity took a 2 – 0 decision from Everest on goals scored by Liz Kluz and Kalyn Ford.