Continuing to move up the ladder of success, the state's second-ranked Whitefish Bay girls soccer team improved to 9-2-3 overall with three victories last week that improved its winning streak to four games.
Bay buried area rival Nicolet, 7-0, on May 6, beat Madison Edgewood, 3-0, on May 9 and then edged previously undefeated Appleton North 2-1, on May 10.
"To come out of a week like that is a real good testament to the girls," said Bay coach Robert Williams. "It's telling me that we're doing good things."
The timing of the fine run of play couldn't have been better, as the Blue Dukes enter a critical stretch in their schedule, as they took on Cedarburg on Tuesday, May 13, will host a fine Oregon team on Thursday, May 15, and then will have a major showdown with DSHA, the state's top-ranked Division 1 team, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Quad Park in Milwaukee.
"We've been moving quietly, under the radar," Williams said. "We're sort of playing with a chip on our shoulder based on the off-year we had last year. The girls want to get back on track."
Last weekend in their pair of non-conference home games, the weather was wonderful, said Williams. Too nice, in fact, that it led to an infestation of gnats on the field.
"The kids were having to wear bibs on their faces it got so bad," he said.
Williams called the win over North "a grinder" as Bay got two first-half goals from Jieun Hao and Leah Rothstein and then held on for the win.
Against Edgewood, Bay got a goal in the first two minutes from Emma Kate Stecker and then got two second-half insurance scores from Hao and Delaney Brower.
The win against Nicolet was stunningly lopsided as Taylor Kerwin had three goals and others contributing included Stecker, Hao and Brower. Caroline Fink had four assists and Amanda Pandl made three saves.
"It was a close game last year with them and we wanted to play better this time," Williams said. "We're taking things one game at a time and as long as we do that, we'll continue to have good results."
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