CWS Sports Desk

April 30, 2019

SPASH 7, Wausau West 0

Stevens Point — The SPASH Panthers regained some of their offensive spark and finished the first half of their conference season with a decisive 7-0 shutout of Wausau West on a wet night at the Portage County Youth Soccer complex.

Senior Abby Gemza got a hat trick, while seniors Lauren Johnson and Madisyn Rogan also scored goals. Junior Abby Pezewski and sophomore Bergen Beversdorf also scored. Beversdorf, the Panthers’ regular goalie, got to play attacking midfielder in the second half.

All of the goals were unassisted except Gemza’s second, for which senior Sierra Hefferan garnered an assist.

SPASH coach Allie Rogesheske said, “Though wet, it was a good night to work on our shape and spacing as a team.

“We were able to play some people in different positions to give perspective and experience moving forward.”

With the win, SPASH moves to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in Wisconsin Valley Conference play, good for 12 points and third place in the league table, behind D.C. Everest (18 points) and Wisconsin Rapids (15 points). West is 0-5 in the WVC.

Wisconsin Rapids 4, Wausau East 1

Wisconsin Rapids — The Red Raiders (7-3-1,, 5-1, 18 points WVC) kept pace in the top half of conference play  by taking a 4-1 home victory over Wausau East at Washington Elementary Tuesday.

Senior goalie Miranda Nieman scored at the 23:27 mark on a penalty kick and sophomore defender Tyla Weidman added an unassisted goal at the 30:52 mark to give Rapids a 2-0 lead.

Amaya O’Hearn narrowed to gap to 2-1 off an Abby Thompson assist  in the 38th minute, but Rapids scored twice in the second half to put the game away — first on junior Karis Crowley’s unassisted goal in the 52nd and then on freshman Chelsea King’s score on an assist by Crowley.

Alexis Tate had eight saves for East (2-3-1, 1-3-1 WVC, 4 points), while Nieman had eight for the Red Raiders.

D.C. Everest 7, Merrill 0

Merrill — The Evergreens remained undefeated in league play with a businesslike 7-0 victory over the Blue Jays Tuesday.

Lauren Langbehn got the scoring underway with an unassisted goal in the 8th minute, and it was all Everest from there.

Alanna Schneck added a score on a Maria Esker assist in the 18th, and Esker got an unassisted goal in the 31st.

Lily Kowal then got started on a hat trick, scoring the first of three unassisted goals in the 36th minute. She added the others in the 42nd and 49th minutes.

Sarah Lorge got the other goal, in the 48th off another Esker assist.

Goalkeeper Sonja Budleski had a slow night, earning no saves despite the shutout.

Everest is now 9-0-1 and 6-0 in WVC play (first place, 18 points). Merrill is 3-6-1 and 1-5 in the WVC after earning a 1-0 win over Wausau West on Monday.