For the second time this season, Brookfield East's girls dropped a 2-0 decision to Wauwatosa East at Whitman Field, and this time it ended their season.
The teams played a scoreless first half, but then Tosa East scored 1 minute, 30 seconds into the second half on a goal by Katie Salmon, and that was all the Red Raiders needed. Beca Pallo scored in the 68th minute to seal the win.
"Their defense is good, but we also didn't challenge them," said Spartans coach Matt Schroeder. "We didn't have runners in the box, we didn't have people challenging (Kelli) Swenson and there were times where she was just sitting back there clearing balls, uncontested.
"We gave up two soft goals, mostly as a result of not winning balls in the air, and that is tough at the end of the season. We started out great, and then we were up and down throughout the game. We had some good looks. Their keeper played well."
Schroeder had praise for his goalkeeper's play as well as his defense.
"Rachel Novak had two great saves, including one to her left, which is a play she has struggled to make this season at times. Morgan Precour had a great game, and Ari Banks had a number of quality tackles in the midfield."
The Spartans were missing another top player as Kellie Goodman was out with a concussion.
East finished with an overall record of 9-6-1.
The Spartans nipped Sussex Hamilton, 2-1, at East on June 2 in the regular season finale.
The Chargers scored at the 5-minute, 12-second mark for a 1-0 lead, but then the Spartans' defense slammed the door the rest of the night.
East trailed at halftime, 1-0, but it didn't stay that way for long. Freshman Aubrey Prey scored at 42:18 off a pass from Abby Gregg to tie the game.
Then at 57:58, it was Gregg's turn to put in a goal, and East held for the win.
East finished the regular season with a 3-2-2 record and tied for fourth with Wauwatosa East (4-3), each with eight points.
The Brookfield East boys golf team finished sixth (346) out of eight teams and saw their season come to an end as no individual qualified for the WIAA State Tournament on June 9-10.
Waterford (320) and Brookfield Central (322) were the top two teams and qualified for the state tournament at University Ridge Golf Gourse in Madison.
The other six teams were Waukesha West (336), Mukwonago (338), Kettle Moraine (339), Brookfield East (346), Menomonee Falls (371) and Wauwatosa (375).
Junior Troy Henning tied for 13th with an 84 (41-43) to lead the Spartans. Right behind him was sophomore Jacob Taylor, who shot an 85 (41-44) and tied for 17th..
Junior Chris Vitale tied for 23rd with an 87 (42-45); sophomore Lucas Moyer tied for 32nd with a 90 (43-47), and freshman Jude Shafer tied for 45th with a 99 (50-49).
It was not a good day for the Spartans, according to coach Chris Minchk.
"It was a disappointing day for the guys," he said. "We had hopes of being in contention in the end, but we just didn't make the necessary adjustments to score well. The wind played too big of a factor with my guys. We didn't adjust to the wind, and it put us in some difficult positions on too many of the holes.
"We struggled on the greens as well. Too many three putts from all of the guys. Our team average was 39 putts for the 18 holes, so that tells the story of why we shot a 346."
But the Spartans have a bright future, and there is not one senior on the team.
"Knowing we're a young team, we'll learn from this experience and use it to our advantage next season," he said. "All of the guys will be back next season, so I'm optimistic about the possibilities."
Both Henning and Vitale were second-team all-conference players. Vitale was noted the team MVP and captain for the year.
The Spartans put together a 3-2 week as their bats came to life after their first game of the week.
Brad Carstens pitched an outstanding game, but dropped a 2-1 decision to Brookfield Central on May 2 at Central.
Carstens allowed four hits, one walk and struck out two. Unfortunately, East only managed two hits off Jonathan Keane and Elijah Goodman of Brookfield Central.
Central scored two in the first, and then Carstens shut them down, while East got a run in the fourth on Al McGuire's RBI single. Dan Magyar and Dustin Brah also singled for the Spartans.
The Spartans defeat the Huskies, 4-2, on June 3 at West Allis Hale, scoring three runs in the sixth for the win. East was trailing, 2-1, when the Spartans rallied.
Brah (6 IP, 4 BB, 4 K) and McGuire (1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K) combined for the win and the save, respectively.
Quinn Hyndiuk and Zach Breider each had two hits and an RBI, and Brah had two hits, accounting for six of the Spartans seven hits.
The Spartans then blanked West Allis Central, 6-0, on June 5 at home to finish the Greater Metro Conference week with a 2-1 record and three well-played games. They are 2-3 overall in the GMC.
Joe Smith tossed a four-hitter, walking one and fanning five. Magyar had a hit and two RBIs, while both Brah and McGuire had two hits and an RBI as East managed seven hits.
On Saturday, June 7, they traveled to Stormonth Field and played Nicolet in a doubleheader, winning, 10-9, and losing 12-11.
In the first game, the Spartans were losing 9-4, but scored six times in the top of the seventh to win. Carstens was 2-for-5 with five RBIs, while TC Swittel was 2-for-3.
McGuire got the winning working seven innings,walking five and fanning three.
East and Nicolet battled in a back-and-forth game, and with the Spartans leading through six innings, 11-7, the Knights tied the game with a four-run seventh and won it in the ninth, 12-11.
McGuire was 4-for-5 with four RBIs, and Brah with 3-for-6 with an RBI. Four East pitchers walked nine batters and fanned five.
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