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Oregon girls soccer
Friday, July 12, 2018
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Trio of Panthers, Crusaders garner All-State honors MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor
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Oregon junior goalkeeper Melia Moyer (right) makes a save on a corner kick against Whitefish Bay in the WIAA Division 2 state championship on Saturday, June 15 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. The Panthers won 2-1.
Penalty kicks lead to gold MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor
Being a goalkeeper during a shootout can be an intimidating and lonely feeling. For Oregon junior goalkeeper Melia Moyer, it became a chance to shine. Moyer stopped two kicks in the shootout of the WIAA Division 2 girls soccer championship Saturday, June 15, to help the second-ranked Panthers win their second state in five years. The Panthers earned a
shot at the title after shutting out Brookfield East 2-0 in a state semifinal on Thursday, June 13. O r eg o n ( 1 8 - 0 - 1 ) wa s making its fifth straight state appearance and won the championship for the first time since 2015. The Panthers finished with a school record 103 goals and posted 15 shutouts this season, one away from the school record. Senior defender Sydney McKee said the state title game was reminiscent of her freshman year, in 2016, when Oregon lost the title
game to Homestead 2-1 in a shootout after two overtimes. “Being on this team the past four years having to come to state every year and not getting to go away with that gold ball, it made this win so much better,” McKee said. “I’m just ecstatic.”
Oregon 2, Whitefish Bay 1 (SO) Moyer proved up to the challenge in the shootout, making two saves on Saturday to propel the Panthers
to a 2-1 win over Whitefish Bay in the state title game at Uilhlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. The title game between second-ranked Oregon and top-ranked Whitefish Bay lived up to its billing. After two overtimes where both the Panthers and Blue Dukes had golden scoring opportunities, it ended with a 4-1 shootout. Oregon got goals from senior defender Sydney McKee, junior defender Emma Halverson, senior Randey Lewis and senior midfielder Katie Eisele.
The Oregon girls soccer team won a state title and three players earned recognition June 18 for helping the Panthers accomplish the feat. Senior defender Sydney McKee and junior goalkeeper Melia Moyer were named second-team All-State by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association. McKee, a Division I commit to Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., was one of the anchors of the Panthers’ defense. Oregon posted 15 shutouts this season, one away from tying the school record. Moyer had 51 saves and also was part of a stingy defense that limited opponents to six goals all season (0.31 per game). “To me All-State is one of the biggest awards you can get in high school,” Moyer said. “For the coaches and people who voted for me, I definitely think it’s amazing. It feels good that all my hard work is paying off.” Junior forward Avary Fanning was named honorable mention All-State. Fanning led the Panthers with 18 goals. The Oregon trio of McKee, Moyer and Fanning helped lead the Panthers to the WIAA Division 2 state championship. It marked the second state title for Oregon in the past five years. The Panthers finished the season 18-0-1. It will be a busy summer for Moyer and Fanning, who will practice with the Madison 56ers as they gear up for the fall season. Five other Oregon players are on the same club team — Emma Halverson, Ashley Hanson, Mara McCombs,
‘To me All-State is one of the biggest awards you can get in high school.’ - Melia Moyer Hanna Rohrer, Bri Sauer and Sage Sauer. “I want to stay in shape and continue at this level so I can perform like this again next year,” Moyer said. Bay Port junior Emma Nagel was named the state player of the year. Badger South rival Madison Edgewood had three players honored. Edgewood senior Jordyn Rothwell was named firstteam all-state and senior Madeline Cruz, a University of Wisconsin-commit, was named second-team allstate. Sophomore forward Hailey Rothwell was named honorable mention all-state. The Crusaders finished as the WIAA Division 3 state runner-up.
Four to play in WSCA All-Star game July 20 Four Oregon girls and boys soccer players were selected to play in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Masonic AllStar game July 20 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The quartet selected includes defender Sydney McKee and midfielder Maddy Swartzmiller of the Panthers’ WIAA Division 2 state championship team. The two boys players selected from Oregon’s Division 2 state team are Madison Conduah and Colin McCombs. The girls’ game is slated for 11:30 a.m. July 20 and the boys’ game is set for 1:30 p.m. the same day.
Edgewood girls soccer
Crusaders bring home silver MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor
Madison Edgewood senior Madeline Cruz was coming off a broken nose and one doctor advised her not to play in the WIAA Division 3 state tournament. She sought a second opinion and helped the Crusaders bring home the silver ball; as the state runner-up after a 1-0 loss to Catholic Memorial in the Division 3 state championship game Saturday, June 15 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Cruz, a University of Wisconsin-Madison commit, missed two regional games, but found a doctor who fit her with a plastic face mask
and cleared her for a return to state. “I’m incredibly proud of my team,” Cruz said. “We couldn’t have asked for more. The goal was unlucky. It wasn’t like there were any breakdowns.” After a corner kick from sophomore forward Hailey Rothwell, Cruz fired a shot off the left post with 5 minutes, 24 seconds left in the game. “I was just unlucky,” Cruz said. “I thought I could bend it in a little more with the wind, but the wind took it the other way.” It was Edgewood’s only shot on goal of the game, and only its fifth shot overall. Catholic Memorial had
only five shots, too, but three of them went on goal — and one got past freshman goalkeeper Ellie Meriggioli. Catholic Memorial junior Emma Westrick’s corner kick from the left side was centered, and senior Shannon McWilliams tried to send a header past Cruz and Meriggioli. While Meriggioli was able to tip the ball, it went directly to junior Emma Kober — who headed the ball to her right and into the goal at 34:20. Meriggioli finished with two saves. In the second half, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped 15 degrees. Memorial ran a soccer version of basketball’s
four-corners offense, keeping the ball on the Crusaders’ side of the field without trying to attack the goal. Cruz said she will remember her team the most. “My team was incredible,” she said. “Sometimes everyone doesn’t mesh together, but everyone did mesh together. I couldn’t have asked for more in practices and games.”
Edgewood 3, Notre Dame 1 Rothwell scored two goals to lead the Crusaders to a win over Notre Dame on Thursday, June 13, in a Division 3 state semifinal. Jordy Rothwell scored on a corner kick for Edgewood.
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Madison Edgewood seniors Madeline Cruz (left) and Jordyn Rothwell carry the silver trophy off the field after losing 1-0 in the WIAA Division 3 state championship game against Catholic Memorial 2-1 on June 15 at Uihlien Soccer Park in Milwaukee.
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