To put it mildly, the top-seeded Waunakee girls’ soccer team hasn’t struggled in their first two playoff games.
The Warriors outscored their opponents by a combined score of 14-1 en route to advancing onto Sectionals. First up was a matchup with the 16th-seeded Vikings of Janesville Parker on Tuesday.
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It took about 10 minutes for the Warriors to get rolling against the Vikings, but once they hit their stride, there was no stopping them.
Anne Dotzler opened the scoring with goals at the 11 and 14-minute marks, and the Warriors were off and running. Before the first half ended, Waunakee saw Josie Bono, Kylie Bassett, Caylee Nechvatal and Lexis Savola all find the back of the net, and the Warriors were up 6-0 to begin the second half.
Waunakee eased up a bit after halftime, but the Vikings never really threatened to break the shutout. In goal, Alyssa Kuhn recorded not one single save in the shutout victory.
Waunakee added four more goals in the second half. Sarah McLaughlin and Lauryn Nachreiner each beat the Vikings’ goalie, and Janesville Parker also had an own-goal add to Waunakee’s total. Lauren Bliefernicht was Waunakee’s best setup player on the day, racking up a total of three assists.
When it was all said and done, Waunakee breezed to a 10-0 win in their playoff opener.
Next up on Saturday, the Watertown Goslings provided a bit more resistance, but were still no match for the Warriors.
A two-goal burst in less than three minutes put the Warriors up for good over the Goslings.
At the 23-minute mark, McLaughlin scored her first goal of the game on an assist from Maddie Farnsworth.
Bono followed up a few minutes later with a goal of her own – assisted by Isabelle Barmore – to provide a two-goal cushion for Waunakee.
Before halftime hit, Watertown was able to cut into the lead, finding the back of the net just two minutes before the break to make it a 2-1 game at the half.
The second half, however, belonged to Waunakee. The Warriors scored twice more to put the Goslings away for good. McLaughlin tacked her second goal of the game onto the scoreboard at the 58-minute mark, followed by Savola at the 75-minute mark. Both goals were assisted by Farnsworth, who had a total of three assists on the day.
As champions of their WIAA Regional, Waunakee advances on to play Kettle Moraine in the first game of their WIAA Sectional on Thursday. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Waunakee Soccer Stadium.
Should the Warriors defeat the Lasers, they’ll play again on Saturday at Kettle Moraine against the winner between Middleton and Sun Prairie with a State berth on the line.