Winneconne advances to state title game; Pulaski falls in semifinal
MILWAUKEE (WLUK) -- In its first trip to the girl state soccer tournament Winneconne is one win away winning a state title and much of that has to do with the way goalkeeper Saide Kosciuk played in Friday's Division 3 state semifinal against Edgewood at Uihlein Soccer Park.
Kosciuk made 13 saves and was dominant much of the match as the Wolves topped the Crusaders, 3-1, in a shootout after playing to a 1-1 tie in regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
Kosciuk made two saves in the shootout, while one shot was wide. Meanwhile, the Wolves netted all three of its attempts as they were able to overcome Edgewood's offensive dominance as it outshot Winneconne, 23-6.
"It's so exciting," Kosciuk said. "I remember when I was back in elementary school and I watched my sister go in 2010 state game for basketball and this is a dream come true because this is so exciting and with the team this year we have a great chance of going and getting that gold ball."
Katie Frierdich scored Winneconne's goal at 5:47. Edgewood tied the match about five minutes later as Brita Hovde scored on a header.
Winneconne (22-2-1) plays five-time defending state champ Catholic Memorial on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Pulaski runs out gas
Pulaski coach Clete Gerhartz was confident his team would play with Wauwatosa East in their Division 2 state semifinal but after an even start Pulaski fell off the pace and dropped 4-0 decision as Tosa East scored three second-half goals.
Pulaski (17-7) was outshot, 24-8, and goalkeeper Malorie Schultz made 11 saves, some of the impressive variety.
It wasn't enough as Gerhartz was frustrated with the outcome.
"First five, six minutes of the game shots 3-3. It was 50-50 possession," Gerhartz said. "We were doing what we wanted to do. We did what we intended on doing to get down here and then all of a sudden we ran out of gas and they start running past us and they start dribbling past us.
"It's the depth, it's the conditioning, it's the heat. It's all of the above and we just didn't step up where we needed to."
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