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By: 
Rob Reischel
There could be plenty of good times like these for the Middleton's girls soccer team in 2014./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

 

MILWAUKEE — Perhaps 2013 will prove to be the appetizer.

Maybe the main dish will be served in 2014.

Middleton’s girls soccer team was a surprise qualifier for this year’s WIAA Division 1 state tournament. But the Cardinals were a relatively young team, and could be even more dangerous next year.

“We should be really good again,” Middleton coach Mary Duffy said. “We’ll have a lot of talent back.”

The Cardinals say goodbye to a gifted seven-person senior class.

Keeper Meghan Ledin, a University of Wisconsin recruit, led that group. Ledin posted eight shutouts this year and had a goals against average of just 0.83.

The rest of the senior class included forward Shannon McCauley, midfielders Ryleigh Wolff, Jocelyn Tiedt and Cassidi Goll, and defenders Carly Kirkpatrick and Bridget Arnold.

“We had a really good group of seniors,” Middleton junior midfielder Caroline Keenan said. “But we should have a great group coming back.”

Indeed.

Junior keeper Liz McMahon seems poised to pick up right where Ledin left off. McMahon played 375 minutes this season, posted four shutouts and had a goals allowed average of 0.43.

“She’ll be ready to have a great year,” Duffy said of McMahon.

Junior forward Ellen Jesse led the Cardinals in goals (14) and points (28). Junior midfielder Leia Peterman was second on the team in goals (nine), first in assists (six) and second in points (24).

Sophomore Megan Sullivan and freshman Grace Douglas give the Cardinals two terrific building blocks on defense. Keenan and sophomore Macey Kalscheur (six goals, 12 points) should be a force in the middle. And junior forward Brenna Shea (five goals, 11 points) should be poised for a huge final season.

“We definitely wanted to go farther than we did this year,” Duffy said. “Hopefully we can do it next year.”

• Class act: Kirkpatrick, arguably Middleton’s top defender, suffered a broken arm in the sectional semifinals. Waukesha West sophomore midfielder Emily Dynis tore her anterior cruciate ligament in the sectional finals.

So Duffy and West coach David Zindler talked beforehand and found a way to give both players their moment in the sun.

Kirkpatrick and Dynis were both introduced with the starters and opened the game in their normal positions. The players on the field were then instructed to immediately kick the ball out of bounds and substitutes were brought in.

• Good to be back: Middleton was making its fourth trip to state, but its first since 2007.

The Cardinals went three straight years between 2005-’07, winning the state title in 2006 and reaching the state semifinals in both 2005 and ’07.

“Any time you make it this far it’s awesome,” Duffy said.

• Seventh time’s a charm: Waukesha West was making its seventh straight trip to the state tournament and was still searching for its first-ever gold ball.

“Obviously we really want that,” West senior midfielder Carly Richter said after her team defeated Middleton in the quarterfinals. “Every year we’ve found a way to get here, but haven’t ever won the big prize. That’s certainly the goal.”

West reached the state finals in 2009 and ’11, only to fall one game short of gold. The Wolverines reached the state title game again this year, but fell to Cedarburg, 4-1.

• Odds and ends: Middleton held a 4-2 advantage in corner kicks, while shots on goal were deadlocked, 11-11. … Middleton allowed two goals, or more, in just four of its 23 games this season. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, one of those four came against West. … In three years as Middleton’s coach, Duffy has compiled an overall record of 37-19-10.

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