Lakeland’s KT Tharman takes a goal kick during the first half of a girls soccer game at Ted Fritsch Field in Green Bay on Saturday, April 6.
Lakeland’s KT Tharman takes a goal kick during the first half of a girls soccer game at Ted Fritsch Field in Green Bay on Saturday, April 6.
Over the weekend, the Lakeland girls soccer team traveled to Green Bay to play a quad against a couple of unfamiliar teams.

On April 5, the team took on Luxemburg-Casco for an evening game, the first game of their quad. The Thunderbirds took the game 1-0.

The Thunderbirds were able to win without the likes of Leah Wolfe, Sagen Quale and Erika Intrepidi, all of whom were gone for the weekend.

The lone goal for Lakeland was scored by Sam Coffen, who kicked it in the net off a corner kick in the 62nd minute in the second half, assisted by Sophia Myshchyshyn.

Even though it was hard to punch one in the net, it was goalie Clair Kaminski who put up the shut out. Combined with the rest of the defense, they were able to put a zero up when they needed to. Kaminski finished the game with eight saves.

“They were communicating really well and covering balls that were set back,” coach Stephanie Hartzheim said.

There were other opportunities for more goals, but were thwarted otherwise by Luxemburg-Casco. Myshchyshyn had five shots on goal and Olivia Melka had four shots on goal.

“It was a pretty good battle between both teams with skill level and passing,” Hartzheim said.

The next game on April 6 was a different story. After their win Friday night, it was time to face off against Notre Dame De La Baie Academy.

Notre Dame came into Saturday’s game ranked the number one team in Division II ,and they played like it. Notre Dame was able to win the game 10-0 with the mercy rule coming into effect at 68:03.

Once again, the Thunderbirds were without three of their key players, making it hard to get anything going.

“I knew it was going to be a big challenge for us,” Hartzheim said. “We actually ended up not even having a bench by the end of the game.”

Another key player went down early in the game. Jenna Whitman, a key defensive player, was lost in the first 20 minutes of the game. The T-Birds had held Notre Dame to a 1-0 score in those 20 minutes, showing their defense could keep up with them.

In addition to facing a tough opponent, rain was a factor too, making it slick out there. The Thunderbirds managed only one shot on goal. 

“We got down to the area a few times, but we just couldn’t create any offense,” Hartzheim said.

The Thunderbirds will certainly look to rebound when more games come around this week. Their next game was Monday, April 8 against Wausau West.

Brett LaBore may be reached at brett@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.