Trojans turn back Thunder in girls’ soccer opener
By Rich Palzewic
GREEN BAY – It may have taken a bit, but once the Green Bay Southwest girls’ soccer team got rolling, it was hard to stop.
Behind a pair of second-half goals, the Trojans turned back Seymour March 29 in nonconference action at Southwest High School, 3-0.
It was the season opener for both squads.
“To start the season with a win is what you’re looking for,” Green Bay Southwest Head Coach Jay Draves said. “We had our spring break last week for the first week of our season, so this was the first time we got to have 11 girls on the field.”
Seymour controlled much of the first 15 minutes of play into the wind, but in the 17th minute, Southwest’s Aubrie Seismeyer got a shot off that missed the net, but it seemed to change the tide of the game.
Four minutes later, Maddie Marchant, off an assist from Alex Suidzinski, put the Trojans on the board with a 20-yard blast and a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes after that, a Seymour foul in the Southwest box resulted in a penalty shot, one that Seismeyer sailed high over the net.
“We have lots of skilled players, a bunch who are returning from last season,” Draves said. “I’m asking them to do lots of different things this year, so it took a bit for them to figure out what this year’s version of this team will be.”
Ella Siegle scored in the 61st minute from 25 yards out to make it 2-0 before Seismeyer scored in the last minute to end the scoring.
Trojans goalie Mallory Kerhin made five saves in net.
Draves said his squad faces a tough season ahead.
“The Fox River Classic Conference (FRCC) will be extremely tough this year,” he said. “I’d bet the FRCC is the deepest conference in the state. You’ve got Sheboygan North, De Pere, Notre Dame Academy, Green Bay Preble and Bay Port – you name it. On any night, it’ll be a tough game. We hope we can challenge.”