Girls Soccer: Waunakee wins first state soccer title

Warriors Beat Wolverines 2-1 in state final
Girls Soccer: Waunakee wins first state soccer title

The Waunakee girls soccer team scored two second-half goals to beat Waukesha West 2-1 for the Division 2 state soccer championship.

Things did not start well for the Warriors as the Wolverines’ Dani Rhodes scored her 24th goal of the season in just the 3rd minute.

But the Warriors stuck with it, and scored two goals in the 67th and 69th minute.

Macie Maulbetsch was awarded a penalty kick after a foul in the box. She scored to tie the game at 1 in the 67th minute.

In the 69th minute Waunakee’s Jada Dayne had a free kick, and there was a loose ball in the box and off the deflection Olivia Zaleski scored to give the Warriors the lead.

The drama did not stop after Waunkee stormed back to take the lead.  In the 75th minute the Wolverines had a corner kick and they scored but the referee waved off the goal because he called a foul in the box.

It was Waunakee’s second trip to state and the team’s first state title.

“It’s all I ever dreamed of. It is unreal. I can’t even describe it.  I am just so happy for my team. We just didn’t give up, we really didn’t, and we just played our game. It’s not even real to me right now. It hasn’t hit me yet,” said Olivia Zaleski.

“This group of girls has been playing together for a while now, and we always wanted to win a state title and we got it done this year. We were all playing with a sense of urgency,” said Maulbetsch.

“You know I told the girls the best feeling in the world is being the best. Being second is a good feeling, but it’s not the best feeling and that is the beauty of a team sports it’s not just one player,” said Waunakee girls head soccer coach Jesus Torres.