A goal late in the second overtime earned the North Shore United U14 Girls the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association State Championship on Sunday at Bavarians Soccer Club in Glendale.
The 2-1 victory for NSU means the U14 Girls join the U17 Girls — winners of the title in the fall – at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region II Championship. Appleton and DePere host that event June 20-22 and the draw is June 10.
Two other NSU teams came up agonizingly short on Sunday in their quest for the title, but overall the club had five semifinalists, four finalists and two champions for the 2014-15 cycle.
“Having four teams play in a state championship match in one year is a record for North Shore United, and an indication that the quality of play in our club continues to grow up and down the line,” said Joe Hammes, director of coaching for NSU. “Our two champions will represent our club and our state exceptionally well at the Region II Championships.”
Hailey Block opened the scoring for the U14 Girls – who defended their U13 title – in the first half against SC Waukesha. She attacked down the left, cut inside the penalty box and fired a shot into the far right corner.
SC Waukesha leveled the game just before half, and the drama then carried deep into the second extra period. With penalty kicks looming, NSU’s Josie Keldermann carried the ball inside from the right flank into the middle of the field. Dribbling just outside the penalty box, she cut the ball over to her left foot and hit a shot with her left to the upper left corner of the goal for the winner.
Also on Sunday, the U17 Boys fell 2-1 to SC Waukesha on a penalty kick in the closing minutes. Drew Winkoski put NSU on top within five minutes, and it was not until the game drew near its close that the Waukesha pulled even off a corner kick and then won it from the spot.
Brandon Wishman scored the equalizing goal in the second half for the U16 Boys against FC Wisconsin, but NSU gave up the go-ahead goal soon after and fell 2-1 in the championship game.
At the Region II Championships, 16 teams in each of NSU’s brackets will vie for a spot in the USYS National Championships, July 21-26 in Tulsa, OK.