Denmark girls soccer suffers first defeat

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Editor’s Note: This story contains correct stats. The story in the Friday paper had the wrong numbers for saves for both teams.

By KELLY FENTON

The Denmark News

DENMARK — It was easy to see early on how the Wrightstown girls’ soccer team came by those dominating numbers on the North Eastern Conference stat sheets: 20 goals for, 0 against after four games and heading into its battle with Denmark on Tuesday afternoon.

The Tigers were relentless on both sides of the ball, flashed their speed and skill and won most of the 50-50 balls. All of that added up to another lopsided victory when Wrightstown handed Denmark its first loss of the season, 6-0, in Denmark.

The Tigers improved to 5-0 in league play and remain unscored upon.

Denmark dropped to 2-1-2 in league play and 6-1-3 overall.

Viking goalie Jessica Heraly was under attack from the get-go on Tuesday. She was credited with 20 saves and was aggressive – and had to be – all afternoon, making diving play after diving play to try to contain breakaway attacks.

But she couldn’t stop them all and Wrightstown just kept coming. It started less than five minutes in when Molly Loy scored on a breakout after taking an assist from Lindsey Kugler. Loy added a second goal before halftime, finding herself one on one with Heraly.

Conference leading assist dealer Abbie Wyro delivered a couple more against Denmark, first sending a free kick toward the right post that Madison Leick cashed in for a 2-0 lead 14 minutes in, then sending another free kick to Emma Nockerts for a 3-0 lead 10 minutes later.

Denmark had few good opportunities all game. They got a couple of through balls to the top of the goal box but couldn’t beat goalie Michaela Elmore, who finished with six saves.

Wrightstown popped in its final two goals in the opening five minutes of the second half, Bella Stenzel assisting Josie Stenzel and Loy setting up Alexa Leik.

Denmark’s best chance came in the final minutes when Alayna Yttre dribbled inside the goal box, but Elmore covered it before she could launch a shot.

Denmark 1, Luxemburg-Casco 1 – On May 2, Claire Sipple had the Denmark goal off a Grace Scheur assist, while Heraly collected six saves. The Vikings forced Spartan goalie Heather Iverson into 18 saves.

Chloe Kaminski was third in the league in scoring with four goals after the first four games.

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