Milwaukee DSHA’s late penalty kick does in Hudson in Wisconsin state girls soccer final

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Hudson’s hopes of a girls state soccer title were dashed by a penalty kick.

Ahnna Faust converted the penalty kick at 69:32 to give top-ranked Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels a 2-1 victory over Hudson in the Division 1 title game of the WIAA state tournament on Thursday night.

After 69 minutes of hectic give-and-take, Hudson was called for a penalty in the box. Faust drilled the kick from the left corner of the box to the right of diving goalkeeper Abby Carlson to give the Dashers their fifth girls state soccer title.

“The PK (penalty kick) thing, we had tired legs and we missed clearances that don’t typically miss,” Hudson coach Steve Sollom said. “They were hitting them in the box area and normally we clear those, and we were shanking them, and we were missing them.”

“Honestly, the penalty kick happened because a different defender, they went to clear and they just totally got air, and it was like, ‘Uh, oh.’ Nothing good happens when it’s bouncing around in your box area. It hurt us because it went right to their girl and then our girl tried to recover and stuck her foot out. Not really her fault.”

Second-ranked Hudson, which defeated Kettle Moraine 4-1 in the semifinals earlier in the day, suffered its first loss after 16 victories.

Hudson responded immediately after Faust’s go-ahead goal, with senior Avery Murdzek breaking through, but DSHA goalie Kate Nonn came up with the crucial save.

“Avery dribbled down and she’s really good. She can take over a game,” Sollom said. “And they were well aware of that. Their coach was yelling all game long, ‘Double-team 10 when she gets it.’ That would have been a backbreaker for them if we had scored.”

Sophomore forward Spencer Carson brought Hudson even at 1-1 with her fifth goal of the season at 39:23, gathering in a pass from Stella Duffee for a crossing shot from the right side that caught the left post and caromed in.

The Raiders goal followed a sensational save on the previous possession by senior goalkeeper Abby Carlson, who got a hand on Anna Sikorski’s hard shot, deflecting it up and over.

DSHA, making its 10th state tournament appearance, dominated possession early. Junior forward Sofia Miranda put the Dashers up 1-0 with an unassisted goal from the left side at 12:37.

The Dashers got off 13 shots in the first half, with Carlson registering six saves. Nonn had seven first-half saves for the Dashers.

“They got the better of the first half,” Sollom said. “We got a little bit on our heels. They’re a very good team. We’ve been pretty explosive all year. Their defending was really good. They were smart. The few chances we did get, we had one in and they had a great save on one.”

Hudson was playing in its seventh state tournament but first since a string of six straight trips from 1996 to 2001. The Raiders also finished second in 1996.

DSHA, 17-1-1, closed with 14 consecutive victories after a 3-0 loss to nationally ranked Whitefish Bay, which captured the state Division 2 title with a 7-0 victory over Green Bay Notre Dame on Thursday.

“We were wore out. They’re a good team,” Sollom said. “They had more bodies and maybe more deep than we were.”


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