Savannah Philo

Savannah Philo sends the ball downfield during one of Waunakee’s games earlier this season.

Winners of six straight, the Waunakee girls’ soccer team needed one final test before their postseason run was set to begin.

With three of their final four regular-season games cancelled due to weather, Waunakee’s only contest this past week came when New Berlin Eisenhower – the sixth-ranked team in Division 2 – came to Waunakee.

New Berlin Eisenhower 1,

Waunakee 0

The Warriors had plenty of opportunities. Waunakee racked up a total of seven shots on goal compared to just two for the Lions.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, New Berlin Eisenhower was able to slip one of those two shots on goal into the back of the net in the 15th minute of the game to take an early 1-0 lead.

Though Waunakee’s offense put pressure on goal for much of the remainder of the contest in search of the equalizer, the Lions’ goalkeeper was up to the challenge and stopped each shot the Warriors sent her way.

As time expired in on Waunakee’s final regular-season matchup, they were on the wrong side of the 1-0 score.

Alyssa Kuhn made one save on the day for Waunakee.

Heading into the postseason, the Warriors’ record stands at 14-2-2 (7-0-0 Badger North). The Warriors maintained their No. 2 spot in the Division 1 rankings of the final Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association poll of the season, trailing only Arrowhead.

Waunakee’s playoff opener was on Tuesday against Janesville Parker, the results of which were not available for this week’s edition. In the event Waunakee defeated the Vikings, their next game will be this Saturday against the winner between Madison Memorial and Watertown at 7 p.m.

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