Bradford too much for Milton in sectional soccer
The Red Hawks were defeated 4-0 by Kenosha Bradford, a team that features three NCAA Division 1 recruits and puts an emphasis on its players participating year-round.
“It’s good for our team to see what it takes to get to the next level,” Nichols said. “It opened our eyes. We know what we have to do.”
While Bradford (23-4) extended its winning streak to 16 games and will make its second straight state tournament appearance and play Bay Port or Kimberly at 7 p.m. Thursday at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Milton finished its Southern Lakes co-championship season at 16-3-2.
In reality, this sectional final was never close, though the Red Hawks could’ve put more pressure on the Red Devils had they capitalized on some early chances.
Amber Davis broke through Bradford’s defense just 48 seconds into the match and had a one-on-one opportunity with Bradford goalie Kali Schulz, but Davis’ shot trickled wide. After Bradford took a 2-0 lead, Davis just missed wide on another rush in the 16th minute, and Emily Arnold lifted a point-blank shot over the crossbar in the 16th minute.
Milton certainly didn’t pack in its defense in an effort to contain Bradford’s superior forwards, and the aggressive strategy nearly paid off.
“We’ve scored 90 goals this year, so we figured we’d find a way to score,” Nichols said. “We had a couple opportunities early, and if we could have gotten one of those to go in, it may be a different game.”
Bradford got goals in the third and 10th minutes from Western Michigan recruit Brittney Pavlica. Stephanie Barsuli scored in the 29th minute to put the Red Devils ahead 3-0 at halftime, and UW-Milwaukee recruit Laurel Ragalie tallied a goal in the 43rd minute to make it 4-0.
Bradford also possesses a University of Wisconsin recruit in junior Alissa Scalzo.
Milton senior goalie Taryn Kildow did her best to keep the Red Hawks in the game with 11 saves, including three from point-blank range in the first half.
“She’s the player of the game for our team, for sure,” Nichols said. “She kept us in the game.”
BRADFORD 4, MILTON 0
Milton 0 0—0
Bradford 3 0—4
KB—Brittney Pavlica (Laurel Ragalie), 3:00. KB—Pavlica (Ragalie), 11:00. KB—Steph Barsuli (unassisted), 29:00.
KB—Ragalie (unassisted), 43:00.
Saves—Taryn Kildow (M) 10. Kali Schulz (KB) 2.
Shots on goal—Milton 4, Bradford 16.
n P-E earns state berth
Liz Madecky, the goalie for the Palmyra-Eagle High School girls soccer team, who kept the Panthers in the shootout with a pair of saves, ended it by squeezing the ball through the outstretched finger tips of Aquinas goalie Carissa Wallerich for a 3-2 victory in the shootout to put the Eagles into the Division 3 state tournament.
“I had taken penalty kicks before and practiced them all week, so I wasn’t worried,” Madecky said. “There’s a lot more pressure trying to stop them than there is trying to shoot them.”
Palmyra-Eagle (17-5-1) plays Milwaukee University School at noon Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.
PALMYRA-EAGLE 1, AQUINAS 1
(Palmyra-Eagle wins 3-2 in shootout)
Palmyra-Eagle 1 0 0 0 – 1
Las Crosse Aquinas 1 0 0 0 – 1
PE—Jill Sinkoff (pk) 3:56. LA—Mathy (Schmidt) 20:02.
Penaly kicks: Aquinas 2 (Ka. Schill G, K. Hagan G, Mathy NG, Kr. SchillNG, Flottmeyer NG); Palmyra-Eagle 3 (Bolli G, Pronschinske NG, McGivernG, Sinkoff NG, Madecky G).
Saves— P-E-Madecky (PE) 7, Wallerich (LA) 4.