Lady Robins give up split over weekend in Green Bay tourney|
May 6, 2013
The line up of the Varsity girls soccer team looked a bit different as they traveled to Green Bay for a tournament Saturday. With half of its regular roster missing due to competing in state solo ensemble, many junior varsity players were asked to step-up.
Antigo faced Two Rivers first opponent, taking the match-up 7-1.
“The new starters meshed well with the present varsity players; they looked as though they had been playing together all season,” Antigo coach Aimee Hein said.
Hannah Ostenson and Alina Xiong (both freshman) made their varsity debut known as Ostenson assisted in a goal made by Keah Mach (junior) while Xiong managed to score two goals of her own.
Ashley Brown also stepped in as the goal keeper and made seven saves, not allowing any goals. Antigo was able to rack up a total of seven goals by the final whistle for the win.
Joining in the list of scores were Keah Mach (junior) with two goals, Mikayla Nelson (junior) with one goal, and MacKenzie Parise with two goals.
Other JV players who faced a new level of competition were Hilary Bolson (senior), Toria Dunn (freshman), Sam Mackiewicz (junior), Diane Siedl (freshman), Jamie Spychalla (sophomore) and Paige Zenkovich (freshman).
Antigo was not as fortunate in it second contest as it fell 3-1 to tournament host, Green Bay West.
The second game brought a tougher opponent and a tired Antigo team with only a 45 minute break in-between.
This time Mary Spencer (freshman) faced the challenge of defending Antigo's goal.
“The defense did a phenomenal job protecting Mary,” Hein commented.
Steph Hanke (junior), Felicia Fermanich (senior), Hilary Bolson (senior), and Caroline Roller (sophomore) held a strong defensive line, providing the perfect combination of speed, confidence, and power. Despite their best efforts, the opponents were able to get some shots on goal.
Spencer came away with 10 saves for the Robins, but Green Bay West was able to sneak by with three goals.
Antigo's offense, however, did not go scoreless. Lauren Smith (sophomore) made a fantastic long and high shot; there was nothing their goalie could do to block it.
The Robins continued to push against a very physical opponent, but the rest of their 16 shots were blocked, and Antigo's one goal wasn't enough to Green Bay West's three.
“Over all, the tournament was a success,” Hein said. “Varsity players modeled and led; JV players rose to the challenge. All of their hard work paid off, as Antigo was able to bring home a plaque for a second place finish.”
The Lady Robins return to action Tuesday as it hosts GNC rival Mosinee in a 5 p.m. contest.
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