Soccer Cardinals heating up

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Rob Reischel

The postseason is just around the corner.

And Middleton’s girls soccer team has picked the perfect time to get red hot.

The Cardinals went 3-0-1 in the past week and haven’t lost in their last six outings. Here’s a recap of Middleton’s past week.

• Middleton 5, Madison  La Follette 0 — The Cardinals got goals from five different players and routed the Lancers Monday night.

Brenna Shea struck first in the ninth minute and Middleton’s lead remained 1-0 until the second half. Then the Cardinals exploded.

In a 15-minute span, Shannon McCauley, Megan Sullivan and Macey Kalscheur all scored. Kaitlyn Wolfinger then added a late goal as the Cardinals cruised.

• Middleton 1, DSHA 0 — Shea scored on a gorgeous feed from Leia Peterman and the Cardinals beat the powerful Dashers Saturday afternoon.

“So many of our players came in for whatever time and pushed themselves and the team,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. “It was truly a team effort.”

DSHA had some golden opportunities to tie the game late. But Middleton keeper Liz McMahon came up huge.

“Liz McMahon came up with save after save to keep the game in our win column,” Duffy said. “She came up big and was the player of the game, because without some of her big saves, it would have been a different story. 

“We held out for the win and it was nice to put together a complete game from the start of the game whistle to the last.”

• Middleton 1, Madison Memorial 1 — The Spartans captured the Big Eight Conference title, but Middleton made sure they didn’t do it with a perfect league record.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead early in the game when Carly Kirkpatrick scored in the sixth minute. Middleton looked poised to spring the upset, but Memorial got the equalizer with just 1:06 left in the game.

“Although much of the team was frustrated with not being to hold off their offensive, we were pleased once again with how we moved the ball,” Duffy said. “We found that the weakside of the field was a very dangerous place for us to attack and our forwards and outside midfielders were able to consistently get in behind the defense. We are still honing in our team defensive pressure and making their play predictable, but we had moments of quality team defense.”

• Middleton 4, Madison East 0 — The Cardinals scored three second half goals and pulled away from the Purgolders last Tuesday.

Bridget Arnold, Grace Douglas, Ryleigh Wolff and Shea all scored for Middleton.

“Everyone was able to get some time on the field and contribute,” Duffy said. “We moved the ball really well and stifled their counter attacks.

“For the second half, we are really proud of how the defense worked hard in trying to keep them to one side. It took out their central midfielders who were technically and tactically sound. In the second half, the ball stayed pretty much on our offensive half.”

• On deck: Middleton will begin postseason play on May 30 with a regional semifinal. Playoff seeds were expected to be finalized Wednesday afternoon.

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