Milton trio first team Badger So.
The Milton High girls soccer team proved that it could play with the best teams in the state this past season.
The Red Hawks tied D2 state champion Madison Edgewood, 0-0, during Badger South Conference play, and have three players on the Badger South first team.
Heading the list is Red Hawk junior Amber Davis, a first-team Southern Lakes selection in 2008. Sophomore midfielder Ashley Roherty also made the first team for Milton, along with junior defender Val Arnold.
Milton coach Bobby Nichols, whose team finished an impressive 15-4-2 overall in advancing to WIAAA sectional play xand 4-1-1 in its first season in the Badger South, said the league was as good as advertised.
“No offense to the Southern Lakes because that was a good conference, but you don’t get any breaks in the Badger,” Nichols said. “You better come ready to play every game.
“We had a pretty good year, and losing only two starters to graduation, we should be pretty good again next year.”
Davis paced the Red Hawks with 20 goals, including several game-winners.
“She is the best pure athlete I have ever coached,” Nichols said of Davis. “Her work ethic is unbelievable, and we still haven’t tapped all of her potential.”
Roherty was second on the team in goals in playing three positions, while Arnold played sweeper and handled all of the team’s corner kicks.
“Ashley did a great job at playing more than one position,” Nichols said of Roherty, who was honorable mention a year ago in the Lakes.
“Val’s just got a cannon for a shot,” Nichols said. Arnold was a second-team selection a year ago.
MG’s Erin Bork and Edgewood’s Beth Schramka were unanimous first-team picks.