DODGEVILLE — The Platteville/Lancaster girls soccer team was the last local team to open its 2021 spring season.
But the Hillmen are off to a quick start.
Four different players scored in a 4–0 Southwest Wisconsin Conference shutout at Dodgeville/Mineral Point in last Thursday’s season opener.
Then the Hillmen blanked visiting Stoughton 2–0 in a non-conference match Saturday in the home opener at Platteville High School.
Thursday’s season opener started off tight and tense. There was little room for either team to string together passes as both teams packed the midfield, trying to establish game control.
The Lady Hillmen were the first to settle in around the 15-minute mark, and began to string together passing movements and pressure the Dodger goal.
Showing great hustle, sophomore Brooke Von Glahn poked home a deflected shot by junior Izzy Condiff to put the Platteville co-op on the board.
Platteville/Lancaster seized momentum from that point on.
“The midfield and defensive line provided the stability for the forwards to keep the pressure on,” said Hillmen head coach Brandon Pink. “Standout performances came from Anna Murphy in the midfield, and Bri Richards and Sophia Stone in the back line. Leah Hammill was instrumental in organizing the team from her goalkeeper position.”
Condiff buried a long range shot after an assist by junior Anna Murphy in the 36th minute to provide a 2–0 halftime cushion.
Sophomore Skylar Stone emphatically finished a move, pinging her shot off a post from a tight angle just 45 seconds into the second half.
Senior co-captain Madi Bainbridge put the finishing touch on the scoreline in the 69th minute with a goal assisted by Von Glahn.
“The key to the match was the team unity and spirit shown by the Platteville/Lancaster ladies,” added Pink. “It was a team performance from top to bottom, with lots of positivity and self-belief.”
Platteville/Lancaster 4, Dodgeville/Mineral Point 0
(from Thursday, May 6 @ Dodgeville)
Platteville/Lancaster 2 2 — 4
Dodgeville/Mineral Point 0 0 — 0
First half — P/L: Brooke Von Glahn (Izzy Condiff) 26:00, Condiff (Anna Murphy) 36:00.
Second half — P/L: Skylar Stone (Sophia Stone) 45:45, Madi Bainbridge (Von Glahn) 69:00.
Saves — P/L: Leah Hammill 1, Gabi Dressler 1, D/MP: Sarah Johnson 21. Total Shots — P/L: 25, D/MP: 2. Corner kicks — P/L: 7, D/MP: 0.
Platteville/Lancaster 2, Stoughton 0
(from Saturday, May 8 @ Platteville)
Stoughton 0 0 — 0
Platteville/Lancaster 1 1 — 2
First half — P/L: Meagan Hall (Anna Murphy) 30:00
Second half — P/L: Madi Bainbridge (Abby Wagner) 88:00.
Saves — P/L: Leah Hammill 8, S: Anna Sedlacek 5. Total Shots — P/L: 14, S: 13. Corner kicks — P/L: 2, S: 2.