Hsutisford/Dodgeland wins regional title

Members of Hustisford/Dodgeland's girls soccer team hold up the regional championship plaque after defeating Winnebago Lutheran Academy 3-0 on Saturday night in Hustisford.

HUSTISFORD -- The conference title went to Winnebago Lutheran Academy, but the regional crown went to Hustisford/Dodgeland.

The two Flyway Conference rivals played to a scoreless draw in the regular season and the fifth-seeded Vikings came away with the league title by a half-game. Hustisford/Dodgeland earned redemption by beating WLA 3-0 in a WIAA Division 4 regional final on Saturday night.

Brielle Blome broke a scoreless tie off an assist from Tristin Bischoff in the 61st minute, and third-seeded Hustisford/Dodgeland (11-2-4) scored twice more after that to advance to a sectional semifinal in Hartland against top-seeded Lake Country Lutheran/University Lake School on Thursday at 5 p.m.

On the opening goal, Bischoff sent a long, high cross from 45 yards out on the right side into the box that bounced over the defense and Blome raced in and leaped up to head the ball into the goal just before the keeper could get to it as she collided with Blome.

Alena Beisbier made it 2-0 less than three minutes later with an unassisted goal.

Beisbier took the ball on the left side and beat a defender, then she touched the ball toward the middle, set herself and fired a very hard, high line drive from 35 yards out. The shot went through the keeper's outstretched fingertips and into the netting on the left post.

Rylie Collien capped the scoring in the 77th minute on Alexis Becker's assist.

Becker took a corner kick on the right side and floated a perfectly placed ball to the middle of the box 10 yards out and Collien beat the keeper to the ball and headed it soundly in the left side of the goal.

Fifth-seeded WLA managed just seven shots on goal and finished the season 8-7-3.

"It was an amazing effort today," Hustisford/Dodgeland girls soccer coach Otto Hopfinger said.

"I am so proud of my team. Four years of frustrating 0-0 ties against WLA were all wiped out tonight by heart and determination of a team that was not going to be denied the regional championship they deserved. We also showed we were the best team in the Flyway with this outstanding victory.

"The first 10 minutes of the game WLA was beating us to balls and controlling the play but then we started gaining momentum and by midway through the first half we were winning balls and creating great scoring chances and controlling the game.

"Katie Rinehart had to make a few great saves, but she was so calm and confident today, I was never worried with her in the goal. Our defense really turned it up in the second half, only allowing one shot and covering so soundly it seemed we had 15 players on the field at times. No matter where the ball went we had it covered.

"Our midfield was also up to the task, continually pressuring and winning balls and playing them to our forwards. Once Brielle headed in goal No. 1, it was like we lifted our game to a new level of focus and we were relentless. After Alena hit goal No. 2, you could feel the unity grow and after Rylie headed in the corner kick from Alexis you could feel WLA's back breaking.

"We have continued to improve with each game and are now putting the ball into the back of the net. We will need to continue building our team chemistry and play at our highest level on Thursday when we travel to Lake Country Lutheran. I have no doubt that we can win this game and erase years of frustrating tournament games against Lake Country Lutheran if we come out with the incredible passion and determination we played with tonight."

HUSTISFORD/DODGELAND 3, WLA 0

WLA 0 0 -- 0

Husty/Dodgeland 0 3 -- 3

HD -- Blome (Bischoff) 60:35

HD -- Al. Beisbier 63:15

HD -- Collien (Becker) 76:01

Shots -- WLA 7, HD 12

Saves -- WLA (Butzke) 8, HD (Rinehart) 7

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