Rechlicz spurs West Allis Hale past city rival in girls soccer
Hale player scores twice against Central
The annual meeting between the West Allis Hale and West Allis Central girls soccer teams had some extra spark to it last week.
The Huskies blanked the Bulldogs, 3-0, at Wright Middle School on April 23 behind a pair of goals by Marissa Rechlicz and two assists from Delaney Mielke.
"It's been a while since there has been a good game between the two West Allis teams," Central head coach Shon Hernandez said, "but this game saw it happen."
After a scoreless first half, the Huskies tallied two quick goals in a six-minute span, including a free kick by Rechlicz that flew just under the crossbar.
The third score was actually an own goal by Central when a defender tried to clear a crossing shot but instead put the ball into her own net.
The victory was the first of the season for the Huskies.
In other action last week, Central blanked Cudahy, 3-0, on April 22 and posted a 2-2 tie with Heritage Christian on Friday evening.
Against Cudahy, Erminia Garcia tallied twice and Rachel Schneider once. Garcia was assisted by Karina Chavez and Rachel Sura, while Schneider's goal was set up by Karlee Nelson.
Hernandez said Chavez, Kathy Justham and Ana Ramos played well on defense and goalkeeper Desiree Puschnig made key stops.
Garcia also scored twice in the tie with Heritage Christian.
She stole the ball from a Heritage defender and finished off the shot to trim her team's deficit to 2-1, then Central's Sue Pawamoto intercepted a pass in the center circle and served a through ball to Garcia, who connected for the tie.
In the overtime, a Central player was tackled by the Heritage goalkeeper, but no call was made and no penalty kick awarded.
The Bulldogs also dropped a 1-0 game to St. Anthony on April 25. St. Anthony scored on a 25-yard run to the goal, and the Bulldogs missed on several chances.
Appleton teams beat Hale
Hale lost a 2-1 game to St. Thomas More on April 25 despite an unassisted goal by Ashley Weis.
The Huskies then dropped three games in the Appleton Invitational over the weekend, falling to Appleton West, 2-0; Appleton East, 1-0; and Appleton North, 4-0.
"We are a good defensive team," head coach Brent Behnke said, "but struggle to transition to the offensive end. This was a tough stretch of four games in three days, but the kids came through it well, and many players rose to the occasion."
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