Falls, Germantown soccer teams to meet with a lot on the line
Indians host sectional game Thursday
There has never been a girls soccer game of this magnitude in the area before.
And it will make history because either third-ranked Menomonee Falls (17-1-2) or fourth-ranked in state Germantown (12-2-2) will be one step away from state when it is over.
The Greater Metro Conference champion Indians will host the North Shore Conference runner-up Warhawks is a WIAA sectional semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday with the winner to advance to the sectional final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Whitefish Bay against the winner of Arrowhead and top-ranked Cedarburg.
The winner advances to the WIAA State Tournament at Uihlein Soccer Field in Milwaukee on June 13. For both Falls or Germantown, it would be a first-ever state qualification.
They met earlier this season under wet and very cold conditions and played to a 0-0 double overtime tie.
How close are these teams to one another?
"Will Emory (the father of the Indians' co-captain Megan Emory) is the godparent of Maddie Tetzke (one of the Warhawks' better players)," Falls coach Scott Stein said. "I think this'll be fun. A lot of the girls know each other and play with each other in the off-season. It's neat. We're both sort of blue-collar working hard suburbs fighting for a chance here.
"And at this point in this sectional, anyone can beat anyone else."
Both advanced to sectional with a pair of regional wins. The Indians, the second seed in the sectional, routed Milwaukee Riverside, 11-0, and then beat a good Nicolet squad, 3-0.
Meanwhile, the Warhawks blasted Bradley Tech, 10-0, and then overpowered area rival Sussex Hamilton, 2-0.
Germantown coach Paul Sikinger was pleased with his side's efforts in the regional final against Hamilton.
"We knew Sussex was a physical, scrappy team that was well coached coming in," he said. "We started off kind of slow in the humid weather (Saturday) and Sussex was able to move the ball pretty well around us. After the first ten minutes we started to get in a flow and we were able to maintain the majority of possession the rest of the way."
Both Maddie Tetzke and Paige Blankenheim (a "beautiful" left-footer from 25 yards out) scored the goals for the Warhawks. Sikinger said that Tetzke was able to create many other opportunities but couldn't quite finish them off. He also noted that goalie Lauren Meyer "smothered" some dangerous Charger chances and got big help from the defense
In Falls' regional final win over 10-5 Nicolet, Rachel Clayton (Anna Smalley assist), Jessie Barczak (Jen Eberhardy and Emory) and Clayton again (Jamie Lessila) found the back of the net for the Indians.
"They couldn't stop Rachel (Clayton) and Kayla (Heagney) had a huge save on a goal shot that would have made it 2-1," Stein said. "Sammy Lehnen was also great in back. They were fast and athletic. This was a good win."
Stein also noted that the game was extremely well attended.
"It was a great home crowd," he said. "The most people we've ever had. The baseball team came out to support us and Kristin's (his wife's) class (came) out, too."
That crowd may be outdone by the one they'll see this Thursday night.
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