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By: 
Rob Reischel
Middleton's Charlotte Dunn (21) celebrates after scoring a goal last week/Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Mary Duffy knew this would be a work in progress.

That the finished product would look far better than the initial sketch.

And that’s exactly the direction things are heading for Middleton’s girls soccer team.

The Cardinals dropped a 3-2 decision to Verona last Tuesday, pushing their losing streak to two games. But Middleton rebounded with three straight wins to close out the week.

First, the Cardinals defeated Madison East, 10-0, last Thursday. Middleton then bested DePere, 3-0, last Friday and rolled past Oshkosh West, 5-3, last Saturday.

The Cardinals, who suffered several graduation losses from a year ago, improved to 4-2-1 on the young season.

“It was encouraging to see our fairly new to varsity squad stepping up at whatever positions we assigned and be successful,” Duffy said.

The Cardinals didn't have the type of success they wanted against Verona.

Freshman Charlotte Dunn struck first for Middleton on an assist by senior Katya Boehnen.

Verona responded with two goals before halftime, then the Wildcats scored in the 64th minute and took a 3-1 lead.

Middleton got a late goal from Kristin Reikersdorfer, but it was too little, too late.

“The upside was that we switched our formation halfway through the second half and we were dangerous — very dangerous,” Duffy said. “Verona barely touched their offensive half and we had numerous shots that Verona's keeper needed to make daring saves for.”

Middleton followed that with an impressive win over Madison East.

The Cardinals got two goals apiece from Reikersdorfer, Dunn, junior forward Maya Shea and junior forward Tessa Grywalsky. Senior midfielder Emma Geppert and junior midfielder Payton Houden both added goals, as well.

“It was nice to see the girls play well and move the ball,” Duffy said. “We found switches and scored off of corners and crosses. However, we challenged the girls to try to score quality goals. 

“Some of that happened in the second half, but what I liked was seeing the players that are new to the squad step up into spots that they might not have thought they would play, but also start to play with comfort on a high-demanding team.”

Middleton followed that with an impressive win over DePere.

Shea had a pair of first half goals and Dunn added a goal in the second half.

“DePere had a solid center midfielder and some fast forwards,” Duffy said. “But their defense, which had some very talented outside backs, was no match for our offense.”

Sophomore keeper Caroline Powers had a sensational game and was voted the player of the match by Middleton’s captains.

“Caroline Powers’ tenacious three or four rapid fire stops on a for-sure goal breakaway situation boosted our confidence and boosted our efforts to keep the shutout,” Duffy said. “That’s something we had been lacking versus quality opponents.”

The Cardinals followed that with a win over Oshkosh West on Saturday.

West actually struck just 28 seconds into the game, stunning the Cardinals for a moment. But Middleton quickly recovered and took the game over.

Just one minute later, Shea scored on an assist by Reikersdorfer. Then Reikersdorfer gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead with a goal six minutes later.

Midway through the first half, sophomore Claire Staples scored off a cross from sophomore Emily Duecker, who was playing right back.

Dunn added a goal three minutes later to give Middleton a 4-1 edge.

West scored a pair of second half goals to keep things interesting. But senior defender Grace Douglas added a goal for Middleton to put things out of reach.

“For both (weekend) games, we were able to play all players and continued our ability to move the ball,” Duffy said.

• On deck: Middleton is at Madison La Follette Thursday at 7 p.m., then heads to the Tournament of Champions in Burlington, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday.

 

April 19

VERONA 3, MIDDLETON 2

Verona ………………. 2 1 — 3

Middleton ……………. 1 1 — 2

First half: M - Dunn (Boehnen), 16:35; VER - Bainbridge, 23:22; Krogman, 44:10. Second half: VER - Bainbridge pk, 63:43; M - Reikersdorfer, 86:25. Saves: VER (Dalma) 10; M (Gallegos 4, Towers 2) 6.

 

April 21

MIDDLETON 10, MADISON EAST 0

Middleton ………….. 4 6 — 10

Madison East ………. 0 0 — 0

First half: M - Geppert (Reikersdorfer), 3:23; Reikersdorfer (Houden), 19:05; Grywalsky (Shea), 19:56; Shea (Houden), 34:50. Second half: M - Reikersdorfer, 47:20; Dunn (Boehnen, Shea), 54:30; Houden (Douglas), 63:30; Dunn (Douglas), 78:25; Grywalsky, 78:45; Shea, 89:00. Saves: M (Towers) 1; MEa (Richter) 17.

 

April 22

MIDDLETON 3, DE PERE 0

De Pere ............................. 0 0 — 0

Middleton ......................... 2 1 — 3

First half: M - Shea, 1:24; Shea (Staples),

19:54. Second half: M - Dunn, 49:54. Saves:

DP (Cerrato) 8; M (Towers) 5.

 

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