Freshman Stephanie Guy scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead the University School girls’ soccer team to a 3-0 victory over Burlington Catholic Central in the opening round of The Prairie School Sectional in the WIAA Division 4 state tournament playoffs on Thursday, June 1st at USM.
Jock Mutschler, USM’s head coach, said, “Stephanie Guy did her job - score goals. That’s what it comes down to for a striker. Stephanie is a tremendous role model for all of us. She never gives up, has an incredible work rate, and is determined.”
The Wildcats’ defense also played well in the match. They limited the Hilltoppers to just six shots, most of which came from outside. Junior goalkeeper Hannah Hakami had to make only one tough save on her way to the shutout. Midway through the first half she dove to knock away a low shot.
Mutschler commented on the USM defenders, “This week saw us concentrate on defending as individuals and as a unit at our training sessions. Certainly, we have covered this topic throughout the season, but a new emphasis on it was warranted with a competitive Catholic Central on the docket and the goal machine, otherwise known as The Prairie School, looming in the wings. Aidanne DePoy was aggressive in the penalty box, tracking down loose balls, clearing them high and wide. Grace Watkins was a threat from the rear and put Catholic Central under pressure with her advanced forays and ball skill. Ellie Barney and Kasey DePoy constantly won the 50-50 balls. They simply dominated the girls they were marking. Hannah earned the shut out. She had one critical save for us in the first half. She is going to make her money for us in the next match against The Prairie School.”
Guy scored her first goal midway through the first half. Her classmate Eleanor Mellin gained the ball on the left side near midfield and feathered a through pass to Guy who was speeding ahead like a jet plane on a mission. As she neared the Catholic Central penalty area, Guy burst past the Hilltopper defenders and moved in all alone. She blistered a low shot past Mikelle Miles, the Hilltoppers goalie at 23:13.
Guy scored again at 35:19. Once again, Mellin got the ball on the left. She sped down the side. Nearing the goal line, she crossed the ball to the far side. Guy leaped, and, with one swift kick, she booted the ball inside the post.
The teams played the early portions of the second half in midfield, but as the period progressed, the Wildcats steadily took the play to their guests.
Continuing her speedy rushes, Guy received a pass from freshman Sydney Jones and took off down the right sideline. As she neared the end line, she veered toward the net. Miles came out to face her. Instead of shooting, Guy left-footed a pass into the center of the box to junior Marla Hiller. Hiller immediately drove a shot toward the net and it zipped inside the far corner at 78:55.
Hiller said, “The goal came from a great pass from Stephanie. She saw the opportunity to pass back into the box when her angle got taken away, and I happened to be there. It was a great play by the both of us.”
The win improved USM’s record to 8-5-1. The Wildcats, who are seeded 8th in the sectional advance to play The Prairie School, the number one seeded team, in the Regional Final of the Prairie School Sectional of the WIAA Division 4 state tournament playoffs at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd at The Prairie School in Racine.
Team Time Goal Scorer Assist
USM 23:13 Stephanie Guy
USM 35:19 Guy Eleanor Mellin
USM 78:55 Marla Hiller Guy
Team Goalkeeper Saves Goals Allowed
BCC Mikelle Miles 6 3
USM Hannah Hakami 5 0