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Spartans improve overall record to 7-1

Kickers whip Tosa East, then need overtime to beat Pius XI

April 25, 2010

The second-ranked Brookfield East girls won a Greater Metro Conference game and a non-conference game last week, and improved to 7-1.

The Spartans celebrated Parents' Night with a convincing 5-0 win over Wauwatosa East on April 20 in the only conference match of the week.

The Spartans outshot the Red Raiders, 16-5, opening the scoring in the 11th minute when Alex Piercy scored off an acrobatic throw-in from senior midfielder Rebekah Roller.

Junior Kathy Luy followed with a goal in the 23rd minute from a pass by junior Valerie Jach to make the score 2-0. Senior forward Kate Reigle finished the first-half scoring when she scored at the 32nd minute.

East kept the pressure up in the second half when Luy scored her second goal at the 53rd minute mark for a 4-0 lead. Reigle then finished the scoring with a great one-on-one move in the 18-yard box and blasted it past Tosa East's freshman goalkeeper Alyssa Conell in the 61st minute.

"Our play up top has been much improved, and I am pleased with the balance of goal scoring," Brookfield East coach Matt Schroeder said. "Players are looking for each other and are creating chances. Our defense is coming together nicely as well."

The Spartans improved their conference record to 2-0 with the win.

But the Spartans barely escaped with a 2-1 non-conference victory over Pius XI on April 22, winning in overtime.

The Popes used an aggressive defense and hard tackles to keep East off-stride. Although the Spartans were able to control the ball for the most part, they found themselves down 1-0 in the 38th minute when Pius' Susanna Krebs was able to head the ball in off a free kick from Abbey Saskowski.

The Spartans responded less than a minute later when senior Alyssa Schaefer cleared a ball from the Spartan back line to an open Reigle, who beat a Pius defender and snuck it by Pius's goalkeeper, Erin Sullivan, to tie the score 1-1 at halftime.

The Spartans outshot the Popes, 6-0, in the second half, but neither team scored. East continued to attack the goal in the first overtime and finally scored six minutes into the first extra period.

Roller was able to cross the ball to Piercy, who was running toward the backside of the goal, and she put it in to give the Spartans the win.

"Our final touch was lacking each time down the field," Schroeder said. "If you cannot place the final touch against a team that is defending with some heavy numbers, you will struggle. We struggled tonight."

East will take part in the Waukesha Catholic Memorial Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Uihlein Soccer Park. The Spartans battle the Crusaders at 5:30 p.m. the first night to open the tournament.

They get back into action at Menomonee Falls on Tuesday.

- Ron Knudsen

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