Senior defender Brooklyn Kane and junior midfielder Ashley Hanson each scored two goals Saturday, June 1, to lead the Oregon girls soccer team to the WIAA Division 2 sectionals with an 8-0 win over Fort Atkinson in a weather-shortened regional championship.
Oregon is now two wins away from a fifth straight trip to the state tournament.
The top-seeded Panthers (14-0-1), ranked second in the Division 2 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association state poll, advanced to the sectional for the seventh straight year, where they will host fourth-seeded DeForest in a 7 p.m. semifinal Thursday.
“We were really clicking,” coach Nelson Brownell said. “We are definitely finding our groove right now.”
Saturday marked the 13th shutout this season for the Panthers. It’s the second time the Panthers have knocked off the Blackhawks this season.
In two tournament games, Oregon has outscored its opponents a combined 18-0. The Panthers have eight players who have scored five or more goals this year.
“We are scoring goals with everybody, and it has been that way all year,” Brownell said. “Even if someone has a bad day, someone will step up and take over for them.”
Saturday’s game had been delayed 1 1/2 hours after 33 minutes of play because of lightning before being called at Huntoon Field.
Kane scored first off a corner kick by senior defender Emma Halverson in the third minute. About four minutes later, Kane had her second goal on a header off a corner kick by Halverson to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead near the six-minute mark.
Brownell said it’s always nice to see the team convert on scoring opportunities from set play. Whenever the Panthers are awarded a corner kick, Brownell brings Kane up front to help attack at the net.
“She is just determined and is good in the air with headers,” Brownell said.
Sophomore midfielder Jenna Bennett scored off an assist by junior forward Kaitlyn Schrimpf at 12:50.
Senior defender Sydney McKee added a goal five minutes later on a pass by sophomore midfielder Aidan Hampton to extend the Panthers’ lead to 4-0.
Hanson had her first goal on an assist by sophomore defender Mara McCombs at 29:27. She scored her second goal on a pass from junior forward Avary Fanning in the 25th minute to give Oregon a 6-0 lead.
Fanning leads the team with 18 goals this season.
Senior midfielder Maddy Swartzmiller added a goal at 28:47.
Senior defender Cassie Kulck scored the final goal on an assist from senior forward Ella Hughes in the 32nd minute.
Sophomore midfielder Jenna Bennett scored all three goals for the Oregon girls soccer team Tuesday, May 28, for a 3-0 win over Stoughton in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal at Huntoon Field.
The Panthers exploded for six goals in the first half. It marks the second time this season the Panthers have defeated the Vikings. It’s the 12th shutout this season for Oregon.
Fanning had two goals and two assists.
“We had a really good week of practice last week,” Brownell said. “We got off on the right foot.”
Hughes scored on an assist by Fanning at 1 minute, 53 seconds. Fanning scored about eight minutes later to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
“The first goal always takes some of the pressure off, and they really played well,” Brownell said.
Bennett had her first goal on a pass from sophomore forward Bri Sauer at 10:09. She scored her second goal on an assist from senior Macie Cox at 27:24 to extend the Panthers’ lead to 4-0.
Swartzmiller scored on an assist by junior forward Kaitlyn Schrimpf at 31:47. Senior defender Sydney McKee scored at 44:31 to give the Panthers a 6-0 lead at the half.
Oregon outshot Stoughton 13-0.
The Panthers scored three goals in the first 12 minutes of the second half. The goals came from Fanning, Hanson and Sauer.
Sauer and Schrimpf each had two assists in the game. Bennett scored her last goal on an assist by Sauer at 61:48.
“Our forwards and our midfielders did a really good job of pressing when they had the ball to force turnovers in their back line,” he said.