Fighting through injury problems all season long, the Kiel girls soccer team saw their 2019 campaign come to a close, but not after putting up a good fight against heavily favored Oostburg.

Before that, the post season began on a positive note as the Raiders held on for a 2-1 WIAA Division 4 regional opening win over Sturgeon Bay last Thursday at Al Doebert Field.
Kaiya Saeger’s late first half goal, assisted by Rachel Muehlbauer, made it 1-0 Raiders at halftime. Coach Mike Pritchard describes the rest of the match: “Playing with only 3 players deep on the bench tonight, we had a total team win with the support of Alex Kautzer, Mekenzie Biwan, and my leading bench scorer Kylie Henkel! Our last goal was scored by Kylie Henkel and assisted by Rachel Muehlbauer on a one touch shot in the box--I was really impressed with her decision.”

Oostburg prevails

In the regional final Saturday at Oostburg, Kiel was playing a Flying Dutchmen team that pretty much dominated them a week prior in a 6-0 Oostburg win in conference play. Kiel was ready this time around falling just 2-0.
“We played another perfect match last night,” says Pritchard.
“We held our shape, limited their shots, and our counter attacks were precise, but Oostburg just had too much talent. Kayia Saeger actually scored a breakaway goal in the 1st half and it was exactly what we had designed in practice, but it was called back due to a tight offsides call. We had a great year. I appreciated the teams’ no quit attitude, and I'll greatly miss my senior leadership from Lily Schmitz, Kaiya Saeger, Greta Horneck, Marilee Krebsbach, and Kendra Priessner.”