Menomonee Falls girls soccer team roars past overmatched opponents
Indians improve to 9-1 overall
Motivated and inspired, the fourth-ranked in state Menomonee Falls girls soccer team has been on a tear ever since its frustrating 2-0 loss to top-ranked in state Divine Savior Holy Angels on April 23.
The Indians have since outscored Slinger (6-2), West Allis Central (11-0), Nicolet (5-0) and Westosha Central (10-0) by a 32-2 collective score in the four succeeding games to improve to 9-1 on the season.
"I really like how we're sharing the ball; no one's really worrying about who's getting the credit,' said Indian coach Scott Stein. "Life is a lot easier that way. We're playing the way we should be."
The Indians took on Brookfield East on Tuesday, May 6, in a critical Greater Metro Conference tilt. The Spartans gave Falls its only league loss last season when the Indians claimed their first GMC championship. Then this coming weekend, the locals will head up to Fond du Lac for a three-game tournament that will include the host Cardinals and Bay Port among others.
It's part of a nine-games-in-two-weeks slate.
Stein said the schedule has taken some unusual turns this season partly because of the late Easter holiday that left schools scheduling their spring breaks all over the map. That led to usually strong nonconference matchups like defending state champion Cedarburg and border rival Germantown being taken off the schedule.
Falls' rise to excellence in recent years has also led it to be taken off a lot of team's schedules.
And because the holiday dovetailed right into prom and advanced placement testing season, the Indians canceled their annual invitational this season.
"Because of that, a lot of teams, ourselves included, still wanted to have good nonconference games, but everyone wanted them at home (to make it easier on the kids)," Stein said. "It was hard to get schedules to match up."
At any rate, Falls would have been a difficult matchup last week in recording three wins.
It routed West Allis Central in a GMC tilt on April 29 as an impressive eight different players scored including Rachel Clayton with three. Also finding the back of the net were Anna Smalley, Jen Eberhardy (2), Jami Lessila, Maura Schwabenlander, Kylie Sprecher, Samantha Lehnen and Julia Lehnen.
Stein said the 5-0 effort against a good Nicolet side on May 2 was the highlight of the week, as Clayton scored all three goals in a 3-0 first half. Sprecher assisted on two of the scores. In the second half, Kayla Heagney and Madeline Perinovic both found the back of the net.
"They had come in losing three games (in a row) but all of them were by one goal," said Stein. "That game really set the tone for the week."
Westosha was originally supposed to be part of the Indian Invitational, Stein said, but the Falcons still wanted to play anyway. The Indians made an accommodation for their prom which was on Saturday, May 3. The game was scheduled for early that morning in order for the Indian players taking part in the prom to have plenty of time to get ready.
Clayton finished off her spectacular eight-goal week with two scores as Eberhardy also had two goals and Smalley, Schwabenlander, Maggie Greifenkamp, Sprecher and Tessa Estock were also among the goal-scorers.
Samantha Lehnen, for her ability to anchor the back-line defense and Clayton for providing Falls with that big finisher that it needs, were highlighted for their efforts this week.
"We just need to take care of our business along the way now," Stein said. "That's all we can do."
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