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Saturday, September 1
Monroe HS Boys 2012

Monroe Boys' Soccer, Fall 2012

8/20/2012 3:49:00 PM 
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Monroe senior Jesse Keizer shoots a shot on goal against Columbus in the Cheesemakers 3-0 win on Saturday at Honey Creek Park. The Cheesemakers went on to beat Richland Center 6-0 to win the Monroe Invitational.

Cheese roll to title
Monroe displays balance with 6 players scoring against Hornets

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - In dominating fashion, the Cheesemaker boys soccer team kicked off the season by posting two shutouts en route to winning the Monroe Invitational Saturday.

Monroe (2-0) shut down Columbus and cruised to a 3-0 win, and they later rolled to a 6-0 win over Richland Center.

"It's a boost for our confidence," said senior Corey Flannery, who had a goal and had an assist in the win over Columbus. "We want to go into that first conference game at Stoughton on Tuesday with some momentum. I think we will have a good team this year. It's just getting those first game jitters out of the way. I think we can win conference this year."

Monroe got off to a quick start against Columbus with sophomore Seth Calaway scoring a goal in the 17th minute on an assist from junior Blake Duffy. Flannery scored his unassisted goal in the 32nd minute to give the Cheesemakers a 2-0 lead at the half.

"We wanted to come out strong," Flannery said. "We want to pressure the ball early and win it."

Monroe coach Tony Vasquez said it's important to get the first goal so they can dictate the tempo of the game.

"We try to play more aggressive," Vasquez said. "It's a lot easier when people are chasing you. We have some young guys who are new playing with each other. We want them to get some chemistry before conference."

The Cheesemakers played without two starters - junior defender Alex Hendrickson and senior midfielder Alex Einbeck - who were both on vacation.

"It can only make you better when you get these younger guys extra playing time," Vasquez said.

Senior Jesse Keizer added a second half goal on a pass from Flannery in the 70th minute to give the Cheesemakers a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Cheesemakers had six different players score goals against Richland Center. Duffy scored the first goal in the 23rd minute. Senior Ben Murray scored in the 36th minute on a pass from Duffy to give the Cheesemakers a 2-0 lead.

In the second half, the Cheesemakers exploded for four goals.

Flannery scored on an assist from Murray at 43 minutes and Dan Tinoco scored about 10 minutes later to give the Cheesemakers a 4-0 lead. Sophomore Kevin Noriega scored a goal in the 63rd minute on a pass from Keizer. Keizer then capped the scoring with a goal in the 79th minute.

"It's nice to have the scoring spread out," Vasquez said. "There is not one star. The skill level is pretty even across the board. Teams can't just shut down one player this year."

8/22/2012 4:04:00 PM 

Cheesemakers stymie Stoughton

By Times staff

STOUGHTON - Soccer coach Tony Vasquez doesn't have any concerns about the Monroe boys soccer team's defense after the Cheesemakers posted their third straight shutout this season, a 1-0 victory over Stoughton to open conference play Monday.

Monroe senior Corey Flannery scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on an assist from Oliver Lees at 30 minutes, 45 seconds.

"I thought it would take more than that," Vasquez said. "It was a lot harder game than we imagined it would be. It was a good game for the guys to experience."

Senior goalkeeper Lucas Koch had 12 saves. 

Vasquez said he was really happy with the defense.

"We keep rotating guys in and out," he said. "They are playing really well together."

Monroe (3-0, 1-0 Badger South) has outscored its first three opponents 10-0. Vasquez is excited with three straight wins to start the season

"I know the conference is always tough," Vasquez said. "It's a good start. We wanted to get something moving in the right direction."

The Cheesemakers will get a couple of challenges coming up. Monroe will host Sauk Prairie at 5 p.m. Thursday at Honey Creek Park and will play Sugar River in Belleville on Monday.

"We have beat them a couple of times and they beat us last year," Vasquez said of Sauk Prairie. "It's becoming a little bit of a rivalry. They are a good team that is always well coached."

8/24/2012 3:36:00 PM

Sauk blanks Monroe: Missed opportunities plague Cheesemakers

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - Senior midfielder Jesse Keizer couldn't forget the golden scoring opportunity he had in the second half against Sauk Prairie on Thursday at Honey Creek Park.

With Sauk Prairie clinging to a 1-0 lead, Keizer powered a shot on goal after senior Corey Flannery's cross in the 75th minute. But Sauk Prairie goalkeeper Christian Flores stepped in front and made a stellar save, and the Eagles held on to hand the Cheesemakers their first loss, 2-0.

"I saw it coming across and I knew I would hit it," Keizer said. "I didn't think clearly. I kicked it right at the keeper. I was a little bit frustrated."

It was a game of missed opportunities for Monroe which dropped to 3-1, 1-0 Badger South. The Cheesemakers out-shot the Eagles 13-7.

"We need to keep our shots down," Keizer said. "I know I missed a few. We just need to pass it around a little more and not take wild shots."

Monroe coach Tony Vasquez understands that the Cheesemakers need to keep working to finish shots.

"We had a lot of missed opportunities," Vasquez said. "This is something that we have had trouble with. We have to finish it.

"If we are going to play a high-pressure type of offense, we have to finish and make people pay for their mistakes. If we don't, it's a lot of running for no reason."

After playing to a scoreless first half, Sauk Prairie's Jacob Fiene scored at 42 minutes, 10 seconds. It was the first goal allowed by the Cheesemakers this season, snapping a streak of three straight shutouts.

"When they got that first goal it changed the game," Vasquez said. "We tried to make it an important point to get out to a good start. In the beginning, we were beating them to the ball. When they got that goal, they played with more of a boost of energy."

Monroe sophomore Seth Calaway played the entire 80 minutes as a defender. Even though the Cheesemakers lost their shutout streak, Vasquez was satisfied with the defense.

"I was still happy with our defense," Vasquez said. "There is so much on their shoulders when the offense doesn't carry their share. It's hard for them to be out there for 80 minutes and not get much of a break."

The Cheesemakers had four corner kicks in the first half and nine shots on goal in the second half, but couldn't generate a goal. Flannery had a header on Blake Duffy's cross in the 41st minute. Junior Taylor Teasdale had a header opportunity off a direct kick in the 44th minute and junior Matt Hodgson had a shot that came off a corner kick in the 51st minute that Flores turned away.

Flores, who had seven saves, also batted away Flannery's direct kick in the 60th minute. The Eagles caught a break when Andrew Meng scored a goal that deflected off a Monroe player at 76:48 to seal the win. Monroe senior goalkeeper Lucas Koch had two saves. With the win, Sauk Prairie improves to 3-2-1.

"We are trying to keep our shots down," Vasquez said. "We have to be confident and relaxed so we can finish them when we have the opportunity."

8/28/2012 3:31:00 PM

By Times staff

BELLEVILLE - Monroe senior goalkeeper Lucas Koch got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time in a rivalry game against Sugar River Monday night.

With the Cheesemakers leading 3-2 and only about 3 minutes left, Koch was called for a penalty for running into Sugar River senior Justin Stadelman.

Stadelman was given a penalty kick as a result, and he put it to the back of the net for the game-tying goal in the 77th minute.

"We asked for an explanation," Monroe coach Tony Vasquez said. "They said he attacked too aggressively and pushed the ball at the attacker. Goalies usually have the right to the space. It was frustrating. The emotions got to them. The mental part of the game got to them, and we made some mistakes. It feels like a loss. It's tough to tie like that."

Sugar River coach Richard Sanders said under new WIAA rules the game could have gone into overtime, but he said Vasquez declined.

"It was a very high-energy game," Sanders said. "When Monroe and Sugar River play each other it always seems like a spirited game. I played soccer in high school and college and I have never seen a rivalry like this when players go after each other. The game was riddled with the boys making silly fouls on both sides."

It was a battle of contrasting styles as the Cheesemakers used a counter attack and the Raiders focused on a passing attack to control possession and tempo. Monroe senior Corey Flannery scored two goals and had one assist, and junior Blake Duffy had two assists and one goal.

Flannery scored his first goal on an assist from Blake in the opening minute. Stadelman answered scoring a goal in the 27th minute to tie the game at 2. Duffy then scored a goal on a pass from Flannery to give the Cheesemakers a 2-1 lead at the half.

The Raiders came back and tied it at 2 in the second half on Nathanial Sanders' goal in the 72 minute. Moments later, Flannery scored the go-ahead goal on an assist from Duffy to give the Cheesemakers a 3-2 lead, which ultimately led to the wild finish.

8/29/2012 3:32:00 PM

Monroe shuts down Platteville

By Times staff

MONROE - Junior Blake Duffy helped the Monroe boys soccer team rebound from a tie against Sugar River.

Duffy scored a goal on an assist from Dan Tinoco at 37 minutes, 25 seconds to give the Cheesemakers the early boost they needed in shutting down Platteville 2-0 on Tuesday at Honey Creek Park.

Junior Taylor Teasdale scored a goal on a pass from Oliver Lees at 61:36 to seal the game.

"We got off to a good start," Monroe coach Tony Vasquez said. "We had a little trouble up close in the first half."

With three games this week, Vasquez said he wanted to keep rotating players into the game.

"We want to make sure we are not worn down for the conference game on Thursday," he said.

Monroe (4-1-1, 1-0 Badger South) will host Monona Grove at 5 p.m. Thursday at Honey Creek Park.

"I think they have had some obstacles," Vasquez said. "I think they have handled them pretty well. I think it will be a tough game. Hopefully, we have learned from some of the mistakes we have made."

8/31/2012 3:55:00 PM

MG topples Monroe
Silver Eagles’ early header goal sets the tone
MONROE - Records don't mean much on a soccer field. That may be Monroe boys soccer coach Tony Vasquez's rallying cry after Monona Grove shut down the Cheesemakers 2-0 on Thursday at Honey Creek Park.

The Silver Eagles came into the game with just one win.

"They underestimated them," Vasquez said of his team's preparation for Monona Grove. "They were talking before the game like this would be an easy game. It was obvious that we started out slow and thought it would be easy to win. We can't take things for granted and expect to walk over a team."

The Silver Eagles got off to a fast start when Alex Castaneda scored a header goal on a cross from Danny Mussie at 1 minute, 26 seconds. The Cheesemakers (4-2-1, 1-1 Badger South) out-shot the Silver Eagles 11-7, but could not cash in on any opportunities.

Monroe sophomore Kevin Noriega had two shots on goal in the second half including a header at 45:46, but the Cheesemakers couldn't punch it in. Noriega also just missed on a shot to the near post at 55:15.

"In the second half, we started out strong," Noriega said. "We could just never connect. I liked our chances. I thought we would get one. It wasn't our day. We have to come back stronger."

The Cheesemakers also had three corner kicks in the second half but couldn't get a shot on goal on any of the opportunities.

"We have set plays and we have to execute," Noriega said of the corner kicks. "We got close. We could never get a shot off like we wanted to."

Noriega agreed with Vasquez's assessment that the Cheesemakers may have overlooked the Silver Eagles.

"I think as a team we may have taken them lightly and thought we would win," Noriega said. "After that first goal we didn't get into a rhythm to beat them."

Monona Grove's Zach Hilliard scored a breakaway goal late in the second half to seal it.

"(We) played better in the second half," Vasquez said. "We were playing from behind and you are always at a disadvantage. The team with the lead can just play more relaxed, clear the ball and run the clock down."

Monroe senior goalkeeper Lucas Koch had six saves.

Vasquez said the Cheesemakers need to keep practicing on their shots on goal.

"They just need to relax and practice more," he said. "We have to keep (our shots) down."

9/5/2012 3:42:00 PM

Einbeck scores before lightning hits

By Times staff

MILTON - Monroe senior Alex Einbeck scored the game-tying goal before lightning delayed and postponed the game against Milton Tuesday night.

Einbeck scored the goal at 27 minutes, 49 seconds. Monroe coach Tony Vasquez said there was about 1 minute left before the half when the game went to a 20-minute delay. Vasquez said the game may end up as a tie or it could be rescheduled for a different day.

"Most likely, it will be a tie because our schedules are so packed," Vasquez said. Milton officials are expected to contact Monroe Athletic Director Dave Hirsbrunner.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Lucas Koch had six saves. 

9/7/2012 3:57:00 PM

Hodgson's heroics carry Monroe

By Times staff

MONROE - Junior Matt Hodgson scored the game-winning goal to give the Monroe soccer team a thrilling 4-3 win over Sun Prairie on Thursday at Honey Creek Park.

Hodgson scored the game-winning goal at 68 minutes, 43 seconds on an assist from Kevin Noriega, to defeat the Cardinals, who came into the game with just one loss.

"I knew Sun Prairie was a very good and talented Division 1 team," Monroe coach Tony Vasquez said. "I wanted them to play hard for 80 minutes and give us a chance to be in the game and win. They played tough and did it."

The Cardinals (7-2) jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but the Cheesemakers rebounded. Monroe senior Nick Gross scored a goal at 27:09 on an assist from senior Corey Flannery to tie the game at 1 at the half.

The Cheesemakers (5-2-1, 1-1 Badger South) took the lead in the second half on junior Taylor Teasdale's goal on a pass from Jesse Keizer at 41:22. Monroe junior Blake Duffy extended the lead to 3-1, scoring goal on a penalty kick at 49:55.

The Cardinals battled back and scored two goals to tie the game at 3. That set the stage for Hodgson's heroics. Monroe senior goalkeeper Lucas Koch had 11 saves.

It was the clash of two different styles.

"They (Sun Prairie) like to posses the ball and we like to run crazy," Vasquez said. "We got them to play our game a little bit. Our guys probably played their best game of the year."

9/10/2012 3:56:00 PM

First half propels Monroe

By Times staff

DODGEVILLE - The Monroe boys soccer team used its speed to jump ahead of Dodgeville and hang on to a 3-2 win Saturday.

Monroe (6-2, 1-1 Badger South) scored three first-half goals en route to the victory. Senior Ben Murray scored a goal on an assist from Taylor Teasdale at 4 minutes, 14 seconds. Junior Blake Bast then scored a goal on a pass from senior Corey Flannery at 12:31 to give the Cheesemakers a 2-0 lead.

"They played a little hectic once they knew we could run on them," Monroe coach Tony Vasquez said of the Cheesemakers. "They weren't as relaxed as we wanted them to be. It was nice to get out to that fast start."

Sophomore Kevin Noriega scored a goal right before the half on a pass from Blake Duffy to give the Cheesemakers an insurmountable three-goal lead.

"We sat several of our starters in the second half because we have two conference games coming up this week," Vasquez said. "They played a little sloppy in the second half."

 The Cheesemakers have won their last two games and will look to extend the winning streak this week. Monroe hosts Oregon on Tuesday and hosts Madison Edgewood on Thursday..

"We have played three decent games," Vasquez said. "We know we can play with the good Division 1 teams. They just have to realize what their capabilities are and play their game." 

Panthers stymie Cheesemakers
Flannery’s late goal avoids shutout

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - One tough break early in a Badger South Conference showdown with Oregon was a big hurdle to overcome for the Monroe boys soccer team.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Lucas Koch came out to attack a header and it sailed over his head. Koch and senior defender Nick Gross collided and fell to the ground and Oregon's Ryan Machonga punched in a goal just before the near post. That goal sparked the Panthers to a 4-1 win over the Cheesemakers on Tuesday at Honey Creek Park. It was an unfortunate bounce that provided a teaching moment for the Cheesemakers, which dropped to 6-3-1, 1-2 Badger South.

"We had a turnover on our end of the field and it was like a domino effect," Monroe coach Tony Vasquez said. "If you don't take care of the ball in that dangerous end of the field, it usually turns out bad. We want [Koch] to be aggressive. They just have to communicate a little better. If he comes out, the defenders have to know and they can't get in his way or run into him. They have to do better job of communicating."

The Panthers had no problems communicating early on. Oregon's Jackson Schneider scored a goal at 37:18 to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the half.

Oregon (6-1-1, 2-0) extended the lead with goals by Andrew Jend and Nate McWilliams, to give the Panthers a 4-0 lead.

Monroe senior Corey Flannery scored a goal on an assist from junior Alex Hendrickson at 72:66 to put the Cheesemakers on the board.

"Oregon is always a good team," Vasquez said. "They draw players from a lot of areas and programs. We have to almost play our best game to beat them. Early on, we had our opportunities. It changes the game if you can finish on your opportunities. You can make teams change their game."

9/14/2012 3:46:00 PM

Edgewood slips by Cheese
Murray, Noriega’s goals not enough in 3-2 loss to Madison Edgewood

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - Senior midfielder Ben Murray scored a game-tying goal and he thought that would be the spark the Cheesemakers needed against Madison Edgewood on Thursday at Honey Creek Park.

"After the shot, I thought the momentum was kind of on our side," Murray said. "We just lost the momentum after that second goal."

Madison Edgewood's Nicholas Wiese scored one goal and had one assist to propel the Crusaders to a 3-2 win.

Monroe senior Jesse Keizer's shot on goal ricocheted off the goalkeeper and Murray was there to follow it up, scoring the game-tying goal at 40 minutes, 26 seconds.

"We were attacking the ball hard," Murray said. "We just couldn't put it in the back of the net."

The Crusaders jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Andrew Sotis scored a goal on an assist from Wiese at 8:47. Wiese scored a goal at 56:19 to help the Crusaders regain the lead. Edgewood's Evan Findlater then added a second-half goal to extend the Crusaders' lead to 3-1.

Monroe sophomore Kevin Noriega then scored on a header that just slipped past the goalkeeper.

"When it was in the air, I knew I would get it," Noriega said. "I just went as hard as I could because it was Senior Night. I didn't want to let the seniors down. It was good to score, but I wish we could have won."

The Cheesemakers had a golden opportunity with an indirect kick in the second half, but couldn't cash in.

"We just have to get better as a team," Murray said. "We have to not give up and keep playing until the final whistle."

Monroe played without junior Taylor Teasdale. Teasdale is still recovering from a concussion he suffered at Dodgeville. Playing without Teasdale, the team's No. 2 leading scorer, has been an adjustment for the Cheesemakers.

Monroe coach Tony Vasquez said depth has been a problem for the Cheesemakers this year.

"When we get an injury it shows," Vasquez said. "Taylor is tough on defense and he is a part of our offense."

Vasquez said Teasdale is hoping to return for the next game on Tuesday at Fort Atkinson.

"I was really happy with the way they pushed near the end," Vasquez said. "We had some communication problems and missed opportunities. We had opportunities we can't waste."

Noriega echoed his coach's sentiments.

"We just had slip-ups on defense," Noriega said. "That is what made the difference. We had some opportunities. We just didn't finish."

9/19/2012 3:55:00 PM

Monroe falls to Fort on road

By Times staff

FORT ATKINSON - The Blackhawks blitzed the Cheesemakers Tuesday, scoring five first-half goals en route to an 8-2 win.

"It's like in basketball when the basket gets big and a player can't miss," Monroe coach Tony Vasquez said. "It was just one of those nights when every one of their shots caught the corner and went in and we couldn't buy a goal."

Monroe junior Taylor Teasdale returned, but the Cheesemakers played without sophomore Kevin Noriega.

Vasquez said Noriega missed the game because of sore wisdom teeth.

"It was just a slow start," he said. "I haven't seen them fall apart like that in a long time. They played better in the second half. It's hard to come back when you get down like that."

Monroe senior Jesse Keizer put the Cheesemakers on the board with a goal at 62:05. Fellow senior Corey Flannery scored a goal at 73:30 to cap the scoring.

Monroe senior Lucas Koch had four saves. 

Tuesday, April 10
2012 Monroe HS Girls


April 9, 2012 Cheesemakers fall in opener

LODI - The Monroe girls soccer team learned that no lead is safe playing in a strong wind Monday night.

Monroe jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Lodi exploded for five goals going with the wind in the second half to beat the Cheesemakers 5-4 in the season opener.

"Certainly, the wind was a big factor in the game," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "We played with the wind in the first half and we had the advantage.

They played with the wind in the second half and they had the advantage.

"I think we were thinking we are up 3-0 and we would be able to keep the lead. They (Lodi) came out determined."

Sophomore Vanessa Studer scored two goals to lead the Cheesemakers. She scored her first goal at 18 minutes, 33 seconds and sophomore

Gabby Ludwig scored at 24:34 to give the Cheesemakers a

2-0 lead. Studer scored her second goal on an assist from Maddie Knutson at 28:12.

Knutson scored the only second-half goal for the Cheesemakers. Senior goalkeeper Rachel Wellnitz had seven saves in the contest.

"The first game is always hard to tell how it will turn out," O'Neill said. "We had some great passing from our midfielders. You want to see that in the

first game. That was very positive."


4/13/2012 3:44:00 PM

Oregon freshman foils Monroe in home opener

Howard Thomas

MONROE - Miriam O'Neill said prior to the season that the Monroe girls soccer team would work hard to score more goals on set pieces in 2012.

The Cheesemakers aren't wasting any time backing up their coach's words.

Senior Chelsea Haffele scored off a corner kick and sophomore Vanessa Studer scored on a free kick Thursday in Monroe's 6-2 loss to Oregon in the

Cheesemakers' home and Badger South Conference opener at Honey Creek Park.

"It's something we wanted to do more of and both goals were very nice," O'Neill said. "That's something that in the past we haven't managed to do too often."

Not only did the Cheesemakers (0-2, 0-1 Badger South) score off the set pieces, but the second-half goals were the first Oregon (3-0, 2-0) has allowed this season.

"It's their third game and they hadn't been scored on yet, so that's a positive for us that we got through their defense and no other team has so far," O'Neill said.

Freshman Kelsey Jahn scored the game's first three goals in helping stake the Panthers to a 4-0 lead. Jahn's first high school goal came in the 10th minute

and Oregon took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

Panthers coach Julie Grutzner was impressed with the Cheesemakers' first-half play defensively.

"Vanessa Studer was dominating our center mid(fielder) and we just couldn't get anything through," Grutzner said.

The Panthers changed from a 4-5-1 attack to a 4-4-2 in the second half, and Jahn scored in the 50th and 54th minute. It was a welcome sight for Grutzner, who lost

her top two scorers from last season to graduation and whose top returning scorer, Kathryn Hockett, is injured.

"We're scrambling to figure out who can score," Grutzner said.

Mikayla Kaeppler scored in the 58th minute to push Oregon's lead to 4-0 before Haffele scored her first of the season in the 62nd minute on a nice effort play off a corner.

"It was a short corner and I just saw an opening," Haffele said. "We haven't had many open shots, so someone had to start with the shots. We have people who can shoot,

but maybe are having some beginning of the season nerves. Once we get on track, we should be able to get more shots on goal."

Said O'Neill: "That was a lovely goal by Chelsea and nice start for her season as well. She had a very good game."

The Panthers extended their lead to 6-1 before Studer scored her third goal in two games off a free kick in the 75th minute.

Senior goalkeeper Rachel Wellnitz made eight saves.

4/17/2012 3:40:00 PM

Monroe routs Dodgeville

Knutson scores hat trick, Cheese roll behind 6 first-half goals

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - Maddie Knutson had a breakout soccer game that every player dreams about on Monday at Honey Creek Park.

Knutson pulled off a hat trick, scoring three goals to lead the Cheesemakers to their first win - a 10-0 trouncing of Dodgeville in 59 minutes, 46 seconds due to the mercy rule.

The sophomore said this is the first time she has scored three goals in a game.

"It felt really good to win by a lot," Knutson said. "It's definitely motivating us to do better for the season. I didn't want my head to get too big. I wanted to keep the ball going and give

everyone else a chance. After scoring 10 goals, I feel we can do better this season going up against the better teams."

Monroe sophomores Vanessa Studer and Gabby Ludwig as well as senior Chelsea Haffele each scored two goals.

Monroe (1-2, 0-1 Badger South) had eight shots on goal in the first 5 minutes. Knutson put the Cheesemakers on the board, scoring on an assist from freshman Emily Frankowski at 6:33.

"After they had those first eight shots, they really composed themselves," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "They realized they were going against the wind and they were

attacking hard. They just got their composure. Maddie really sparked that with her first goal. Maddie is really good at seeing that to finish off a cross or a pass. She has that

instinct to get to the goal and finish it off."

Knutson wasn't the only one with scoring instincts. After her goal, the Cheesemakers broke the game open with five more first-half goals. Studer fired in a shot to the near

post and Ludwig scored off a corner kick to give the Cheesemakers a 3-0 lead at 27:02. Studer beat the Dodgers' keeper with a shot to the near post at 30:02.

Haffele scored two goals in about three minutes. Haffele's first goal came from about 15 yards away when she lofted a shot into the wind. She scored her second goal from

about 10 yards away to give the Cheesemakers a 6-0 lead at 35:51.

The Cheesemakers picked right where they left off to start the second half. Ludwig scored at 41:54 and Knutson scored a goal on an assist from Ludwig at 48:32. Knutson scored

her third goal on an assist from Studer, and senior Ashley Segner scored the final goal.

Monroe will play at Madison Edgewood on Thursday.

"We really needed this win," O'Neill said. "We were really happy with our scoring. We knew we could score goals. We were really trying to work on our shape and some of the things we

didn't do in those first two games.

On the adjacent field, the JV Girls won their first game of the year, defeating Dodgeville JV 7-0.  Way to play ladies! 

4/21/2012 3:40:00 PM

Haffele, Studer lift Cheesemakers to title
Monroe scores twice late, stuns Blackhawks

By Times staff

MONROE - Chelsea Haffele's dogged determination sparked the Monroe girls soccer team late and Vanessa Studer's stellar individual effort provided

the game-winner as the Cheesemakers defeated Fort Atkinson 2-1 in the championship game of the Monroe Quad on Saturday.

Monroe (3-2) won its third straight game by scoring both its goals in the final four minutes.

"It was a very, very exciting game. Very aggressive and very fast," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "Everyone played very smart and they had to

pick up their game and play a little more aggressive than they had been playing before. They got very determined not to let this game get away from them."

Fort Atkinson's Taylor Bienfang scored in the game's third minute and the Blackhawks enjoyed the 1-0 lead until the 57th minute of the 60-minute contest.

That's when Haffele's hard work paid off, as she scored on a header on an assist from Studer.

"Chelsea's header was just perfect and it sparked everyone," O'Neill said. "She played midfield for most of the game and we decided to move her forward.

She's a very determined player. Every ball that came across, she literally tried to get a touch on it.

"When things are getting tough, Chelsea just plays tougher. In this game in particular, when it was a very aggressive game, that's really the

type of player we needed in there."

Studer finished the victory for Monroe, scoring at 58:50 on what O'Neill said was sheer will.

"She literally dribbled around about five defenders," O'Neill said of the sophomore's unassisted tally. "I think she just decided we're not going to

go to a shootout."

O'Neill said senior Molly Hlubek, junior Jessica Farrar, and sophomore Allison Coplien set the tone defensively. Hlubek was charged with neutralizing

Fort Atkinson's top offensive threat in Marie Fitzgerald.

"She's a very good midfielder and very fast and difficult to shut down," O'Neill said of Fitzgerald. "We decided that it would be Molly's job and

she really took it to heart and shut her down. It was really stellar defense on her part."

Senior goalkeeper Rachel Wellnitz made six saves against the Blackhawks.

Monroe defeated Janesville Parker 5-0 earlier Saturday, Studer finishing with two goals and two assists. Frankowski, sophomore Gabby Ludwig

and freshman Kelley Baumann also had goals and Wellnitz made two saves to record her second shutout of the season.

4/25/2012 3:31:00 PM

Cheesemakers extend winning streak
Ludwig scores, defense dominates against MG

Howard Thomas

MONROE - Miriam O'Neill might be tempted to gush more about the Monroe girls soccer team's offensive play if she didn't feel the need

to give equal time to the Cheesemakers' back line.

And then there's the midfield crew that's pulling everything together.

"I'm very pleased with what I'm seeing," O'Neill said. "It's all coming together for them."

That process continued Tuesday, when sophomore forward Gabby Ludwig scored her fifth goal of the season and the Cheesemakers extended a

stretch of stingy defensive play in a 1-0 victory against Monona Grove at Honey Creek Park.

Monroe (4-2, 1-1 Badger South) won its fourth straight contest by locking down a speedy forward group from Monona Grove (4-6, 1-1).

"MG played hard. They were very determined," O'Neill said. "But I think our defense is really stepping up and working very well together."

Silver Eagles coach Erin Flesch thinks so, too.

"Their defense is pretty strong. I was impressed with how physical a couple of their players were on defense," Flesch said. "We have a lot of

speed up top and a lot of strength, and they haven't been pressured like that before, so that was impressive. (Monroe's) center backs are strong."

Sophomore sweeper Allison Coplien and senior Molly Hlubek have anchored a defensive unit which has helped senior goalkeeper Rachel Wellnitz

post three shutouts and allow just one goal in the four-game winning streak.

"(Coplien) has that great instinct," O'Neill said. "She knows when to make that step forward and get to that ball. There's also that communication

now between Molly and Allison and they are reading each other really well. They're really anchoring the center of our defense."

Monroe carried the play throughout the first half and scored in the 31st minute, when sophomore midfielder Vanessa Studer found Ludwig

running at the right post. Ludwig got to the ball and scored on a soft touch along the ground to the near post.

Ludwig's five goals are second to Studer's team-best eight.

"I just kept working and Vanessa made a really good through ball and I got there and got my foot on it," Ludwig said.

Just like she has been doing recently in practice, according to O'Neill.

"Gabby is a tremendous athlete. She's very fast and she just perseveres and perseveres and perseveres," O'Neill said. "Gabby has really

been working on sliding that ball past the keeper because she gets a lot of those through balls from the midfield and she always gets onto them.

Then it's hard to compose yourself in front of the goal and just slide it past the keeper. She did that beautifully today. It was just perfect."

Said Ludwig: "I just keep going and eventually I know I'll get my chance."

The Cheesemakers have been getting a few more scoring chances than perhaps even O'Neill expected early. Monroe has 24 goals on the season,

an average of four per game.

"It's possibly the first season where we're scoring in every single game," said O'Neill, Monroe's eighth-year coach. "We have a lot of speed,

we have a lot of determination and we're communicating really well."

Wellnitz made 10 saves to record the shutout. Monroe put 16 shots on goal.

4/27/2012 3:35:00 PM

Milton edges Monroe in OT

By Times staff

MILTON - The Milton girls soccer team scored in extra time to hand Monroe a 3-2 loss in Badger South Conference play Thursday.

The Cheesemakers trailed 1-0 late in the first half before sophomore Vanessa Studer scored an unassisted goal at 32:08 to

knot the score at 1-1 entering halftime.

Milton went ahead 2-1 with a goal at 41:33, but Studer tied it up on a penalty kick at 70:27.

The score stayed at 2-2 through the end of regulation, sending the game into overtime. At 83:51, Milton got the game-winner.

Senior Rachel Wellnitz made 11 saves in goal for the Cheesemakers.

4/30/2012 3:58:00 PM

Edgewood blanks Monroe

By Times staff

MADISON - Monroe sophomore Vanessa Studer suffered a knee injury against Madison Edgewood on Saturday, and the Crusaders

shut down the Cheesemakers 2-0.

Monroe (4-4, 1-2 Badger South) had scored at least one goal in their first seven games. Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said

Studer twisted her knee when she collided with another player early in the game.

"That had a huge impact on our team," O'Neill said. "You just don't want to put a player back in who has an injury."

O'Neill said that she hopes Studer can play when the Cheesemakers host Sugar River at 5 p.m. today at Honey Creek Park.

On Saturday, Madison Edgewood's Kate McMahon scored the first goal at 60 minutes, 23 seconds. Edgewood's Devon Richards

scored the second goal at 77:30.

"Edgewood has a lot of skill and depth," O'Neill said. "It was a struggle. We had a hard time getting through their defenders

to the goal."

O'Neill said Allie Coplien, Molly Hlubek, Leeza Foley and Jessica Farrar played tremendous defense.

"They really battled until the very end," she said.

5/2/2012 3:58:00 PM

Watrud adds 'danger' for Raiders
Sophomore scores two early goals as Sugar River dominates Cheesemakers

Howard Thomas

MONROE - Coach John Ziperski made no secret that implementing a new defensive scheme was the top priority for his Sugar River

girls soccer team this spring.

That agenda has come with some costs.

"What we've really been missing the first half of the season is a little bit of danger up top," Ziperski said of the Raiders'

offensive attack.

Sierra Watrud is more than happy to provide the "danger" for the Raiders.

The sophomore played solely at forward for the first time this season on Monday. The dividends were immediate as she scored

the first two goals in Sugar River's 5-1 thumping of Monroe at Honey Creek Park.

Watrud also picked up two assists in a dominating effort in the non-conference contest.

A solid contributor as a freshman for last season's 22-victory squad, Watrud has spent the majority of the season's first half

as an outside midfielder.

"We had her at the outside mid while we've been developing some other mids," Ziperski said. "Now getting an attack out of her ...

she can be a dangerous player."

Watrud scored in the 14th and 18th minutes, the first goal coming off a crisp cross from Shelby Hubbard and the second the

result of an impressive individual effort in which she beat two Monroe defenders before settling the ball and punching it past Cheesemakers

goalkeeper Rachel Wellnitz.

Watrud had logged some minutes at forward this season, but usually late in games after playing in the midfield. Not surprisingly, she

was quite pleased to move up top to start Monday's game.

"I like it better than the midfield, yeah. I like the scoring opportunities," said Watrud, who giggled when asked if she was trying to

send her coach a message with the two quick goals.

In spite of her slight frame, Watrud played strong against Monroe's defenders.

"I've been learning to be more physical and use my body," she said.

"She's pretty quick and for a little girl, can hold people from pushing her off the ball," Ziperski said. "It's nice to see her really show

what she can do. I think last year's time on the varsity helped her and she's really able to step in and be a strong finisher."

Jaimie Ott's goal in the 37th minute pushed Sugar River's lead to 3-0 entering halftime. The Cheesemakers pulled within 3-1 when

Gabby Ludwig scored off Madeline Knutson's assist in the 67th minute, but the Raiders' Hubbard and Mandi Sargent scored in the 75th

and 80th minutes, respectively.

Sugar River's Trish Boley moved from forward to the midfield and Ziperski said she was a big reason the offense flowed like it did.

"What it was really about was moving Trish to the midfield and getting some consistency there," Ziperski said.

Both teams played without key personnel - the Raiders (6-4-2) missing junior midfielder Riley Rung and the Cheesemakers (4-5) minus

sophomore midfielder Vanessa Studer due to injuries.

Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill was disappointed her team couldn't put up a better fight against the Raiders and senior goalkeeper

Raylynn Jelle (seven saves).

"Everyone was kind of tired and a little bit flat from the very beginning," O'Neill said of the Cheesemakers. "Every season you

have one of those games where nothing's going right. Hopefully that's our one game for the season. I don't mind losing a game if you

had a good game, but I think the girls all realize they were a little bit flat.

"(The Raiders) have a strong team. They have fast forwards and they have a good defensive unit that was hard to break through.

We just needed a little more organization."

Ziperski said the solid victory could serve as a spark for the second half of the season.

"It was a quality opponent and it was nice to finally hit most of the cylinders," he said.

5/4/2012 3:28:00 PM

Ludwig's goal lifts Cheese

By Times staff

MONROE - Sophomore Gabby Ludwig scored the game-winning goal to give the Monroe girls soccer team a thrilling 4-3 win over

Stoughton on Senior Night Thursday at Honey Creek Park.

Ludwig scored on a pass from senior Chelsea Haffele at 65 minutes, 23 seconds and the Cheesemakers' defense was

able to bottle up the Vikings the rest of the way to hang on to the win. Ludwig scored one goal and had two assists to lead the

Cheesemakers (5-5, 2-3 Badger South).

"Gabby always plays hard and is really intense," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "She makes things happen on the field."

Monroe freshman Emily Frankowski put the Cheesemakers on the board with a goal on an assist from Ludwig at 4:57.

After the Vikings came back and tied it at 1 entering halftime, the Cheesemakers started the second-half strong. Freshman

Kelley Baumann scored on an assist from Ludwig at 52:10 to give the Cheesemakers a 2-1 lead.

"Our seniors were really passionate about winning this game," O'Neill said. "I think they made a decision at halftime that

they could come away with this win."

Haffele scored a go-ahead goal at 55:49 to give the Cheesemakers a short-lived 3-2 lead. That set the stage for Ludwig's heroics.

Senior goalkeeper Rachel Wellnitz had nine saves.

"The freshmen really stepped up tonight," O'Neill said. "It was nice to see they fought back so hard."


Monroe's Ludwig scores hat trick

By Times staff

MONROE - Sophomore Gabby Ludwig scored three goals and senior Rachel Wellnitz made 16 saves, but the Monroe girls soccer team lost 4-3

to Evansville in a non-conference game Friday at Honey Creek Park.

Ludwig didn't waste any time getting Monroe the lead as she scored at 2:49 off an assist from senior Lily Priewe, then tallied again at 4:03

with an assist from senior Chelsea Haffele to give Monroe (5-7) an early 2-0 advantage.

Evansville answered with goals from at 16:32 and 37:22 to knot the score at 2-2 entering halftime.

The Blue Devils took their first lead in the second half on a goal at 59:52, but Ludwig came through again, this time on an assist from

freshman Emily Frankowski at 65:31 to tie the game at 3-3, where it stayed until the end of regulation.

Evansville senior Lauren Sperry scored the game-winner at 7:36 of the extra period.

"It was a very exciting match," said Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill. "Gabby had a great game. It's unfortunate we had to go to overtime

and to lose in overtime. It's a tough loss."


Wellnitz stellar as Monroe defeats Cambridge-Deerfield 2-0

By Times staff

CAMBRIDGE - Monroe senior goalkeeper Rachel Wellnitz notched eight saves, and the Cheesemakers shut down Cambridge-Deerfield to win 2-0 on Saturday.

"She (Wellnitz) really has been stepping up," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "Rachel has really started to communicate much better with the defense. She has been stepping up and organizing the defensive unit."

Monroe sophomore Maddie Knutson scored a goal at the 9-minute mark on an assist from Emily Frankowski. Senior Lily Priewe scored the final goal on an assist from Kelley Baumann at 66:38.

"I think everyone was really determined to get a win," O'Neill said. "We dominated the entire game."

Monroe (6-7, 2-4 Badger South) played without two sophomore starters including Vanessa Studer and Lez'lee Foley. Studer has missed the last nine games with a knee ligament injury and Foley has missed most of the season with shin splints.

"We are hoping she (Studer) will be back at the end of the season," O'Neill said. "We are still unsure if she will be back."

O'Neill is also optimistic that Foley may be able to make a comeback.

"She has tried in a couple of games, but she has only been able to play for a couple of minutes," she said. "We are hoping at the end of the season she might be able to come back."


Reedsburg fends off Monroe girls soccer team
By Times staff

REEDSBURG - Creating opportunities wasn't a problem for the Monroe girls soccer team Friday. Finishing was.

The Cheesemakers put 15 shots on goal but walked away with a 3-1 loss to Reedsburg.

"Plenty of shots on goal," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "We had plenty of good opportunities and we had nice shots on goal. The girls were just unlucky tonight really."

Carleigh Adams recorded a hat trick for Reedsburg, giving the Beavers a 3-0 lead in the 50th minute. Monroe senior Chelsea Haffele ended the shutout bid when she scored on a penalty kick in the 55th minute.

"They were pretty organized, very fast," O'Neill said of the Beavers. "We are certainly struggling a little bit with injuries and I think it's become a little bit of an issue for us. Shin splints and things like that.

"I'm hoping to regroup a bit next week."

Cheesemakers senior goalkeeper Rachel Wellnitz made nine saves.

Monroe (6-8) plays at Platteville on Monday and hosts Sauk Prairie on Thursday to close the regular season.


Ludwig scores twice for Cheesemakers

By Times staff

PLATTEVILLE - Monroe sophomore Gabby Ludwig scored two goals to lead the Cheesemakers to a 4-1 non-conference win over Platteville

on Monday.

Senior Lily Priewe put the Cheesemakers up 1-0 scoring a goal at 1 minute, 46 seconds. Sophomore Maddie Knutson scored at 3:57 on

an assist from Kelley Baumann to give the Cheesemakers (7-8, 2-4 Badger South), a 2-0 advantage.

Ludwig scored her first goal at 20:06 on a pass from Knutson. She scored her second goal on an assist from Emily Frankowski at 51:11.

"Gabby has been a little frustrated and shut down in the last couple of games," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "She tried to have a

little more composure today."


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Vikings edge Cheese, Raiders capture title

By Times staff

MOUNT HOREB - The Monroe girls soccer team was less than 2 minutes away from going to overtime before the upset bid of

No. 2 state-ranked Mount Horeb came up short in a 2-1 loss in a WIAA Division 2 regional championship game Saturday. 

Mount Horeb's Cassie Handrick scored two goals, including the game-winner at 78:48 to send the top-seeded Vikings to the sectional

semifinals on Thursday where they will host Sugar River.

"I don't think Mount Horeb was expecting the fight they got," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. 

The Cheesemakers keyed in on stopping Mount Horeb senior Kelly Sullivan, who has scored 34 goals this season. 

"To shut down Kelly Sullivan, you have to give some credit to Molly Hlubek and Allie Coplien," O'Neill said. 

Monroe sophomore Gabby Ludwig scored a goal on an assist from Emily Frankowski at 63:54 to tie the game at 1. 

The Cheesemakers played without sophomore Vanessa Studer who suffered a season-ending injury earlier this year. 

"I thought every single player brought their best game," O'Neill said. "We knew it was going to be a tough game. They have two

of the top two scorers in the state."

Monroe goalkeeper Rachel Wellnitz had 15 saves. 

"Rachel Wellnitz had a phenomenal saves in the second half," O'Neill said. "In the second half, she was getting pounded.

It was her best game of the season. We really had a fantastic season considering our injuries and youth." 


Goal Scorers, Spring 2012       (46 Goals Scored!!!)

14 - Gabby,   10 - Vanessa,   7 - Maddie,   6 - Chelsea

  3 - Lily,   2 - Emily,   3 - Kelley,  1 - Ashley

Shutouts - (4) Rachel

Monday, August 22
Monroe HS Boys 2011

Fall 2011 Monroe Cheesemakers Boys Soccer!

Thanks Carol Stamm for the Great Pictures!

2011 Fall HS Soccer Roster!  (8 wins, 7 Losses and 5 Ties 2011 Fall - Final)

1 - Jonah Antos - JR 10 - Ben Murray - JR 18 - Oliver Lees - JR
2 - Aaron Hesgard - JR 11 - Dalton Curtiss - SR 20 - Kennedy Dammen - SR
3 - Jason Atkinson - SR 12 - Corey Flannery - JR 21 - Jason Johnson - JR
4 - Blake Duffy - SO 14 - James Frankowwski - JR 22 - Cody Stamm - SR
5 GK Kyle Williams - SR 15 GK Lucas Koch - JR 24 - Alex Hendrickson - SO
7 - Belsazar Castellanos - SR 16 - Bob Seichter - SR 33 - Jesse Keizer - JR
9 - Nigel Tourdot - SR 17 - Kevin Noriega - FR 36 - Nick Gross - JR

August 18, 2011 

Season opens with 2-2 tie
Sr. Nigel Tourdot scores twice in high school soccer debut

Adam Krebs

MONROE - The Cheesemakers opened their season with a positive, yet disappointing 2-2 tie against DeForest.

Coach Tony Stamm said the mood in the huddle after was a little heated, likely from the physicality of a game that had just

been played and the missed pair of golden opportunities late in the second half. However, Monroe did soar back from a 2-0

deficit to force the tie.

"It was very physical. We were ready to play more of a skilled game," Stamm said. "The frustration was starting to hit. I

think some of it (was) about the no-calls that were going on. You've got to keep your cool to win games. You've got to control


Football transplant Nigel Tourdot scored both goals for Monroe, one on a penalty kick late in the first half and the second

on a launching header in the second half.

"It's huge," Tourdot said of his confidence, after scoring two goals. "Now I know I can score."

Moments after DeForest junior Kyle McNeese scored on a penalty kick (29:19 mark), Tourdot was awarded a free shot and

sent it left of the goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

"It was definitely good to get that first one. I got some confidence (from) it," Tourdot said. "It's the first one I've took in a

high school game."

In the 49th minute, Tourdot went wide left on a hard shot from the right wing. Only three minutes later, Belsazar Castellanos

tried to go left on a penalty kick, but didn't go far enough left and DeForest kept its 2-1 advantage.

In the 60th minute, Tourdot knocked a crossing header into the back of the net to tie it up.

"We're taught to make our runs to the outside back post. I'm taller, (and) I can get a jump on and usually get over guys,"

Tourdot said. "I know to head it to the opposite side because the goalie can't move to that side fast enough."

Tourdot had the chance to make it a three-goal game and put Monroe in the wins column, but a penalty kick with just

1 minute, 44 seconds left went wide.

"I think the jitters got to me. I tried to blow it past him and just missed it wide left," Tourdot said.

All in all, the Cheesemakers strove through adversity - both physical and mental. DeForest and Monroe players were

shoulder to shoulder up and down the field, with several tackles, holds and non-calls allowing the game to run relatively smoothly.

"(DeForest is) a very good passing team. We were playing space at first, and then had to start playing man-to-man," Stamm said.

The Cheesemakers have one day to recuperate before hosting a 4-team tournament on Saturday. Richland Center, Columbus

and Jefferson make their way to town for the first-ever Monroe Invite.

"We're really excited - being our first time. Everyone's been looking forward to this for years now," Stamm said. "I'm glad

we got it put together. I think it will be a real great day Saturday."

Monroe plays at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The two winning teams in the first round will play for the championship, while the two

losing squads will vie for third place.

Notes: DeForest's Aaron Whitehead scored the first goal of the game at 13:16. ... Monroe's game against Waunakee that was

scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16 was canceled. ... Castellanos was yellow-carded for a high kick with six minutes to play.


August 20, 2011

Cheese are champs at home
Monroe outscores opponents 16-0 in first-ever invitational

Adam Krebs

MONROE - What better way to finish a first-ever home invitational than to win both games, including the tournament title,

by a total score of 16-0.

That's exactly what the Cheesemakers did this past weekend, as they dispatched Jefferson 10-0 in the first round before trouncing

on Richland Center 6-0 in the championship game.

"The first game was the opener and there was a big adrenaline rush," senior Nigel Tourdot said. "We wanted to win that one."

The win against Jefferson was almost too easy for upbeat Monroe, which is replacing its graduated talent with relative ease thanks

to a new-found determination. The Cheesemakers scored all 10 goals in the first half before calling it a game, with the first goal

coming at the 5:15 mark by Ben Murray on a pass from Nigel Tourdot.


Three minutes later, Tourdot recorded another assist when Corey Flannery scored. Then Tourdot scored his third goal of the

season in the 16th minute, and Jesse Keizer and Kevin Noriega added goals before the 20th minute to make it 5-0.

Noriega and Tourdot ended the game with three goals apiece, and Flannery had two.

"It's a big deal for me, because it gave me confidence," said Tourdot, who had six goals and two assists in the tournament.

"And we needed other people to get involved, so if that means pass and get an assist, that's nice too."

Against Richland Center, Monroe again got out to a quick start, with Tourdot scoring two goals in the first 14 minutes. However,

the score would hold until the second half, thanks to a quick goal by Murray just 45 seconds into the new frame.

"What happened with our offense in that second game was we stopped running our routes. We started bringing the defense

in front of the net and blocking our lanes," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "We finally talked to our guys and had them move

out to open up the lanes. Then we started scoring again."

Even after Murray's score, it took Monroe almost 32 minutes to get on the board again, not that the Cheesemakers defense was really

threatened. In the final seven minutes of the game, Monroe scored three more times - an own goal on a poor clear attempt by a

Hornets defender, then Jason Atkinson scored on a rebound off of a shot by Blake Duffy, and finally, Tourdot scored his

final goal of the day with 2:08 remaining.

Richland Center defeated Columbus in the first round to earn the right to play Monroe.

"What I liked is that these teams, we've never seen them before. And they came a long ways to be here for us. We really

appreciate that," Stamm said. "It's always nice to win your first tournament."

A scary moment came moments before the barrage of goals to close it out. As Monroe players bolted on a breakaway, a collision

between a Cheesemaker foot and Richland Center goalkeeper Cole Hamilton's groin halted the game for a short while. Obviously

slowed and in pain, Hamilton, who made numerous impressive saves throughout the day, struggled to defend any shot.

"We played great," Tourdot said. "We honestly wanted to run up the score as much as possible to show that we can play with

these teams (in our conference) and score. It was a nice little breather before Milton. These are four teams we usually don't

see. We got to see their playing styles and we dominated most of each game."

The Cheesemakers (2-0-1) hit the field at Honey Creek Park again Tuesday against yearly conference contender Milton.

The Red Hawks went 4-2 in the Badger South a year ago, finishing second.

"They are a very strong team," Stamm said Milton. "They are Division 1 and are always on top in our conference. We have not beat

them yet. We are very excited because we want that challenge and hopefully it will go our way."

An upset against Milton would tell the rest of the conference that Monroe is in fact for real.


Monroe Travels to Milton and ties them 2-2 in double overtime!


Corey Flannery's Goal to tie Milton 2-2 (no game write-up)



Monroe falls to Pewaukee

By Times staff

PEWAUKEE - Coming off an emotional double overtime tie against Milton, Monroe coach Tony Stamm knew the Cheesemakers would

face a road test at Pewaukee.

The Pirates defeated the Cheesemakers 2-0 on Thursday in a non-conference game. With the loss, Monroe drops to 2-1-2.

"They are an extremely strong team," Stamm said. "They were excellent passers and were well disciplined."

Pewaukee scored two, first-half goals.

"The one thing we had to do against a great passing team was mark up," Stamm said. If you don't mark up they will just

pass it around you." Monroe goalkeeper Kyle Williams had eight saves.

Stamm said Pewaukee was good at passing the ball and attacking with players running to the back of the goal, which is how

they scored both points. "There was really no way for him (Williams) to recover in time," Stamm said.

Next up, Monroe will host Sugar River at 10 a.m. Saturday at Honey Creek Park.


8/27/11 - Sugar River in the Backyard Brawl

And another Monroe Victory!

Tourdot's 4 goals leads Monroe to 5-1 win over rival Raiders
Cheesemakers now 3-1-2 on young year

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - In a rivalry game, the Monroe boys soccer team knocked off Sugar River 5-1 on Saturday.

Senior Nigel Tourdot scored four goals to propel the Cheesemakers to the non-conference win.

"We definitely wanted to win this one to get back on track after losing to Pewaukee," Tourdot said. "We wanted to win against our rival."

Monroe (3-1-2) scored two goals in the first 16 minutes. Monroe's Corey Flannery scored the first goal for the Cheesemakers

on an assist from Ben Murray. Tourdot scored a goal - on a pass from Belsazar Castellanos at 15 minutes, 50 seconds - to

give Monroe a 2-0 lead.

Sugar River senior Justin Stadelman scored a goal at 41:37 to cut the Cheesemakers' lead to 2-1. Monroe had a 2-0 lead

on Sugar River last year, but the Raiders came back and tied the game.

"In the back of our minds we were thinking about what happened last year to us," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "We are

always riled up to play Sugar River." Tourdot scored three second half goals for the Cheesemakers to seal the game.

"After they scored their goal, we wanted to take it to them," he said.

Sugar River coach Richard Sanders liked the effort he saw in his squad, but he knows their execution must improve.

With the loss, Sugar River drops to 2-7 on the season.

"Soccer is a game of possession," Sanders said. "We had a lot of passes get intercepted. When that happens, we can't score.

You have to keep the ball on the feet. The guys ran hard and they put everything into it. They played their hearts out."

Tourdot scored a goal on an assist from Dalton Curtiss at 56:46. He scored about eight minutes later on an assist from Castellanos.

Tourdot capped the scoring with a goal on a penalty kick at 70:02.

Monroe goalkeeper Kyle Williams had five saves. Stamm credits a lot of the strong defensive play to senior sweeper Bob Seichter.

"There were some opportunities that we just blew and he (Seichter) was back there protecting us," he said.

Stamm still wants to see the Cheesemakers improve their passing.

"The passing was definitely better in this game," he said. "It wasn't where we wanted it to be. It didn't carry over from

practice as much as I wanted it to."

August 30, 2011

Cheese fall 3-1 to Reedsburg

By Times staff

REEDSBURG - The Monroe boys soccer team lost a Badger Conference crossover game to Reedsburg 3-1 on Tuesday.

The Beavers scored their first goal on a penalty kick, after the Cheesemakers were called for a hand ball in the box.

The Beavers scored two second-half goals. The first goal of the second half came on a cross that hit the post and found the net.

"It was a funny and lofty ball," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said of the play.

Monroe senior Nigel Tourdot scored a header goal off of an assist from Belsazar Castellanos, at the 65 minute, 27 second mark.

The rain throughout the game could have played a factor with the Cheesemakers' offense.

"That kind of slowed down our passing," Stamm said.

Stamm was happy with the way the Cheesemakers attacked the goal in the first 10 minutes.

"We had our opportunities," Stamm said. "We just weren't able to score."

September 2nd, 2011 

MHS topples Platteville, wins 4-2
PLATTEVILLE - The Monroe boys soccer team overcame a non-conference nemesis, knocking off Platteville-Lancaster 4-2 on Friday.

Platteville beat the Cheesemakers (4-2-2, 0-0-1 Badger South) three times last year by one goal each time.

Monroe senior Nigel Tourdot scored two goals and had one assist.

"We were very happy with this victory over them," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "Our passing and marking up got a lot better."

The Cheesemakers broke out with three first-half goals. Tourdot scored his first goal on an assist from Jason Atkinson at

in the sixth minute. Jesse Keizer scored an unassisted goal at 6:25 and Tourdot scored at 25:37 for the Cheesemakers.

Kevin Noriega scored a goal at 59:41 on an assist from Tourdot.

Monroe sophomore Alex Hendrickson went down with an injury and the Cheesemakers used Atkinson at defender.

"He did a very good job of stepping up to that position," Stamm said of Atkinson.

Here are (4) great pictures from Monroe's victory at Platteville!!!

Looking Good Monroe!  Keep up the Great Effort!

September 6th, 2011 
Late rally scores a tie
Monroe’s Belsazar Castellanos nets penalty kick with 20 seconds left

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - The two-minute drill in football can bring fans to their feet. And the Monroe boys soccer team pulled off a

thrilling, two-minute drill of their own on Tuesday.

With Monroe trailing Evansville 1-0 with 2 minutes, 35 seconds left, the Cheesemakers went to work passing the ball down the

field. With 20 seconds left, Evansville was called for tripping and Monroe senior Belsazar Castellanos knocked in the game-tying

penalty kick to help the Cheesemakers salvage a tie at 1 at Honey Creek Park.

"This is the biggest goal I have ever scored," Castellanos said. "It felt amazing for the team to get that goal."

The Blue Devils - at 77 minutes, 25 seconds - scored a goal when Bryan Rutkowski lofted an indirect kick over Monroe goalkeeper

Kyle Williams.

"I jumped and I hit it," Williams said. "I just had a bad angle and it went in. I knew we had to try hard to get it back."

The Cheesemakers (4-2-3) received stalwart play in goal from Williams who had 16 saves and from defender Alex Hendrickson.

Hendrickson may have made the stop of the game when he cleared a ball that looked like it may have rolled across the

Cheesemakers' goal in the 76th minute.

"That was an amazing save," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "It looked like it was right on the edge from our angle. He never

gave up. That is what you want to do to win games." Stamm was excited the Cheesemakers were able to make a late comeback to tie it.

"Since there was only 20 seconds left and we came back to tie it is big," Stamm said. "Most people would have gave up at that time."

Williams came up with several clutch saves to keep the game scoreless.

"He had some fantastic saves," Stamm said. "Most goalies would not have been able to do that. He was coming in and catching

them off their heads."

September 8th, 2011

Oregon slows down Cheesemakers 3-0
Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - Tony Stamm as the Monroe boys soccer coach was confident that he would find something out about his

team against one of the Badger South Conference's top teams. 

Oregon scored two first-half goals en route to handing Monroe a 3-0 loss Thursday at Honey Creek Park. 

"We have never beat Oregon before," Stamm said. "We really wanted to have the opportunity to do that. The team really

played hard tonight. They left everything they had out there on the field."

Oregon junior Scott Odorico scored the first goal unassisted when he booted in a shot. Monroe senior goalkeeper Kyle Williams

caught the ball, but officials ruled that the ball crossed the goal. Williams had another solid game for the Cheesemakers with 13 saves. 

Oregon junior Andrew Jend also scored a goal at 28:24 to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead at the half.

"They are a good passing team," Stamm said. "We didn't do very good of marking up. We did a lot of ball watching. In the first

20 minutes, we did a lot of learning."

Stamm made a late game adjustment by using senior Jason Atkinson at sweeper and shifting senior Bob Seichter to center midfielder.

"I was trying to get a spark," he said. "I thought it worked out fine. We just didn't get our score."

Oregon senior Nate Rice scored a goal at 78:38 on an assist from Matt Kurilla to seal the game for the Panthers.

"We need to start out faster at the beginning of the game," Stamm said. "Tonight by the end of the game our endurance

got to us because we were chasing the ball around."

September 13th, 2011

Our (Jason) Atkinson is better than your (Fort) Atkinson

By Times staff

FORT ATKINSON - Monroe senior Jason Atkinson scored a game-winning header goal in double overtime to lift the

Cheesemakers to a 2-1 win over Fort Atkinson on Tuesday.

"It was very exciting," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "Every conference game is important to us. We want to be towards

the top of our conference."

Atkinson's goal came off an assist from Corey Flannery.

The Cheesemakers (5-3-3, 1-1-1 Badger South) took a 1-0 lead when senior Dalton Curtiss scored a goal on an assist from

Nigel Tourdot at 53 minutes, 37 seconds. The Cheesemakers' defense was strong the entire game. The only goal the

Blackhawks could generate came on a penalty kick after a hand ball was called in the Cheesemakers' box.

"There were many contributors to the win," Stamm said.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Kyle Williams had 19 saves.

"He was catching balls off guys' heads," Stamm said of Williams. "He did a fantastic job."

Stamm also credited junior center midfielder Jesse Keizer and Bob Seichter for their solid play.

"He (Keizer) just always plays with so much energy and sets up the other guys," Stamm said. "He is always winning the ball.

Every time you see the ball, he is there."

September 15th, 2011

Three-goal Monroe rally trips Edgewood
Cheesemakers trailed 3-1 at half before coming back

By Times staff

MADISON - Prior to the start of the season, Monroe head coach Tony Stamm talked about players on his team having a

"never give up attitude." The Cheesemakers put that attitude on display Thursday in a 4-3 come from behind win over

the Madison Edgewood Crusaders in Badger South conference soccer.

Monroe trailed 3-1 at halftime, but scored three unanswered goals in the second half to earn the win.

Sophomore Blake Duffy scored the Cheesemakers' lone goal in the first half with an assist from senior Nigel Tourdot

at 13:27, which tied the game at. The Crusaders responded with two goals later in the first half.

The second half belonged to the Cheesemakers as Tourdot scored an unassisted goal in the 43rd minute to make the

score 3-2. Tourdot would get another goal at 50:00 on an assist from Corey Flannery to tie it at 3-3.

The Cheesemakers and the Crusaders slugged it out for the next 26 minutes before senior Belsazar Castellanos delivered

the game-winner in the 77th minute on a free kick.

"They (Edgewood) had a wall set up for him, and he's a left-footed kicker," said Monroe head coach Tony Stamm.

"The ball curved around the wall and into the goal. It was a thing of beauty."

Senior goalkeeper Kyle Williams had eight saves for the Cheesemakers.

"The goals they scored on him were all on set plays," said Stamm.

Monroe is now 2-1-1 in the Badger South and 6-3-3 overall. Their next soccer match will be at home Tuesday against Stoughton.

Congrats to Belsazar Castellanos being voted Monroe Athlete of the Week!  Way to go Belsazar!

September 20th, 2011

Unfinished business for Monroe after tie

By Times staff

MONROE - The Monroe boys soccer team may feel like they have unfinished business after a playing to a 2-2 tie against Stoughton

Tuesday at Honey Creek Park.

The Cheesemakers (6-3-4, 2-1-2 Badger South) had a 2-0 lead at the half, but couldn't hang on.

"It was disappointing for us," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "Stoughton was happy with the tie."

Senior Belsazar Castellanos put Monroe up 1-0 scoring an unassisted goal at 9 minutes, 20 seconds. Monroe sophomore

Times photo: Anthony Wahl — Monroe's Blake Duffy scores on a kick past the hands of Stoughton's goalkeeper during the first half of Tuesday’s Badger South Conference match. The game ended in a 2-2 tie.

Blake Duffy used his knee and knocked in a goal off an assist from Nigel Tourdot to give the Cheesemakers a 2-0 lead

at 28:23. Senior goalkeeper Kyle Williams had 12 saves.

Stamm said the key to the Vikings' comeback was the Cheesemakers were not winning the ball.

September 23rd, 2011 

Monroe pulls 0-0 draw against Dodgeville-MP
MONROE - The Monroe boys soccer team played to a scoreless tie against Dodgeville-Mineral Point on Friday.

"We dominated the game the whole time," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "We had all the shots. We just couldn't get them in."

Monroe senior goalkeeper Kyle Williams had 11 saves for the Cheesemakers.

Monroe (6-3-5) will host Monona Grove on Tuesday

October 4th, 2011   

Monroe falls to Sauk in Challenge
Playoff seeds to come out today

PRAIRIE DU SAC - Sauk Prairie's Jeremy Hish had a breakaway and fired a shot at the far post that found the back

of the net and proved to be the deciding goal as the Eagles beat Monroe 1-0 in a Badger Challenge game on Tuesday.

Hish's goal at 32 minutes, 19 seconds was enough as the Eagles shut out the Cheesemakers (6-5-5).

"He's the fastest player I have seen this year," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said of Hish.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Kyle Williams had 12 saves.

"I thought we played very well," Stamm said. "They fixed a lot of the big things we have been working on with

marking up and shooting. I think we are ready for the postseason."

What seed Monroe will have in the regional tournament and who they will play is still up for debate. Stamm said he hopes

to know by midnight Thursday who the Cheesemakers will play. The regional tournament is scheduled to start Tuesday, Oct. 11.

October 11, 2011    
Monroe moves on
Tourdot scores late in 2nd half to send Cheese to next round

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - Nigel Tourdot has seen the movie before where Monroe fires shots at the goal only to see it end in a tie.

Ending the WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal against West Salem in a tie wasn't an option at Honey Creek Park on Tuesday.

Tourdot scored the game-winning goal by breaking away from West Salem sophomore Zach Lang and then burying a shot to

the near post to give Monroe a 2-1 win.

"As a team, we have been here before," Tourdot said of playing in a tight game with several scoring opportunities that were

squandered. "We have games where we have had shots and corner kicks that we didn't score on. We knew if we kept getting

shots and corner kicks on them one of them would go in."

After coming up short of cashing in on a couple of shots in the first half, Tourdot didn't want to be denied.

"I just felt I really needed to score a goal because it was getting late in the game and I had to put my team up," he said

of the game-winning goal at 68 minutes, 47 seconds. "I put my head down and drove in as hard as I could because I didn't

want the goalie to stop it. Credit Jason Atkinson on the pass"

With the win, Monroe (8-6-5) advances to the regional championship game where the Cheesemakers will play at No. 3 seed

Lodi (18-2) at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

"They (Lodi) have played Division 2 and 3 schools," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "They haven't played the Division 1

teams like we have. We have played one of the hardest schedules in the Division 2 bracket. They are a good team. It

will be up to the players if they want to come out and win. They will definitely have to give everything to win it."

It was the Cheesemakers who did everything early on to knock off the Panthers. The Cheesemakers had six shots on

goal in the first half and generated five corner kicks, but were turned away each time. After Monroe's first corner

kick, the Cheesemakers had two golden scoring opportunities. Tourdot banged a shot off the top cross bar and junior

Jesse Keizer just missed on a header attempt.

Stamm said West Salem didn't play like a No. 11 seed.

"They (West Salem) came ready to play," Stamm said. "Their defense was packed in there and really breaking up our offense."

The Cheesemakers had another golden scoring opportunity that they didn't cash in on when Tourdot crossed it to

Blake Duffy who just missed a shot in the 21st minute. Tourdot also had a couple of shots that hit the goalkeeper in the

23rd and 27th minute.

Keizer scored the game-tying goal by getting his foot on a high pass from Corey Flannery and then booting it into the back

of the net at 41:32.

"I knew I could get my foot on it," Keizer said. "I just tried to put it in the direction of the goal and it went in.

I was pretty confident we would come back. We have had a lot of games like this. We had to score sometime."

The Cheesemakers were able to score on two of their eight shots in the second half. Monroe senior goalkeeper

Kyle Williams had 12 saves and the Cheesemakers shut down the Panthers.

"Our team finally realized it could be the end of their season," Stamm said. "We started getting to the ball better and

we were challenging the ball. We broke down their defense in the second half. We pushed up on defense so we were

able to control it."

Now the Cheesemakers are gearing up for the regional final.

"We will have to come out and play faster than we did today if we want to win," Tourdot said. "I think we can do it

as a team."

October 13, 2011 

Cheesemakers see seasons come to a close

By Times staff

LODI - The Monroe boys soccer team's season came to an end with a 4-0 loss to Lodi in a WIAA Division 2 regional final

on Thursday.

The Blue Devils received a break when the Cheesemakers were called for a hand ball in the box early in the first half.

Lodi's Chris Miller scored on a penalty kick at 10 minutes, 12 seconds to put the Blue Devils on the board. Miller scored

two goals to lead the Blue Devils to the sectional.

"We started playing really cautious after that," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "With our formation and style,

we have to play aggressive."

Lodi's Brad Steinbach scored a goal at 14:08 and Matt Bulovsky scored at 35:09 to give the Blue Devils a 3-0 lead at

the half.

"After that our team started panicing," Stamm said of the Blue Devils' second goal.

Stamm said the Cheesemakers had five or six shots in the first few minutes of the second half, but they were not able

to score. After the game, Stamm reminded the team of everything they accomplished this year. The Cheesemakers

finished 8-7-5.

"We matched the best we have ever done in the tournament," Stamm said of reaching the regional title game.

"I told the guys to reflect on the season we had overall."


Saturday, April 9
Monroe 2011 HS Girls

The 2011 Monroe Lady Cheesemakers!




Game 1 - Away vs Dodgeville Apr-4-2011

DODGEVILLE - The Monroe girls soccer team out-shot Dodgeville 45-5 in the season opener Monday and settled for

a 1-1 tie, after the Dodgers scored in the 72nd minute.

Monroe senior Kylee Ritschard scored a goal in the 36th minute to give the Cheesemakers a 1-0 lead. Both teams

scored goals going against a tremendous wind.

"We dominated the game," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "We just couldn't get them into the back of the net.

We had a lot of shots hit off the side of the post. I think the girls were getting a little frustrated. It was

really a warm up game for them."

O'Neill said she was proud of the defense. Monroe goal keeper Rachel Wellnitz had five saves. Monroe hosts

Wisconsin Heights at 5 p.m. Friday at Honey Creek Park.

"We need to get our finishing down for our next game," O'Neill said

Game 2 - Home vs Wisconsin Heights Apr-8-2011

MONROE - For Monroe senior Abbey Schneider and the Cheesemaker girls soccer team, the 10-1 win over Wisconsin

Heights Friday was a chance at redemption and to prove themselves.

Schneider was back at full strength a year after she blew out her knee against the Vanguards. The Cheesemakers as a team

were out to prove that the one goal they scored on 45 shots in the season opener against Dodgeville was an aberration.

Schneider said she did think about how she got injured last year playing against Wisconsin Heights.

"I just really wanted to beat them," Schneider said. "Of course all we want is to win. We have worked really hard in

practice at scoring."

It didn't take the Cheesemakers long to drive home their point that they would improve at finishing off shots. Schneider

connected on a long distance goal that banged off the top of the cross bar from about 18-yards out at 1 minute, 51 seconds.

The Cheesemakers scored three goals in the first 8 minutes and exploded for seven first half goals en route to the victory.

"The girls all played individually well against Dodgeville," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "As a team we were not

communicating. Today everyone was communicating well on the runs and passes. It was teamwork today that got us

so many goals. We worked in practice at being more composed near the goal. They started the game a lot more composed."

Monroe freshman Vanessa Studer, freshman Gabby Ludwig and freshman Maddie Knutson each scored two goals to propel

the Cheesemakers. Schneider finished with one goal and two assists. Studer also had two assists for the Cheesemakers

who improved to 1-1.

Ludwig scored on an assist from Schneider at 3:05. With the Wisconsin Heights goal keeper charging out hard,

Studer slipped in a goal to the near post on an assist from Schneider at 7:37 to give the Cheesemakers a

commanding 3-0 lead.

"I couldn't do it all by myself," Studer said. "My team worked hard to get me open and gave me great passes."

Studer said the passing was definitely a key in the game.

"We were passing so well," Studer said. "We played so well as a team. I think our team chemistry is going to get better

each time. I think it will get better as the season goes on."

Knutson scored her first goal at 31:36 on a pass from freshman Hayley Keene. She scored her second goal two

minutes later on a pass from Studer to give the Cheesemakers a 5-0 lead. Studer and junior Chelsea Haffele each scored

goals late in the first half to give the Cheesemakers an insurmountable 7-0 halftime lead. Haffele was playing in her first

game since tearing the meniscus in her knee.

The second half started out a lot like the first half ended. Ludwig scored a goal on an assist from Studer at 42:30 and

senior Briana Beck scored about 3 minutes later to give the Cheesemakers a 9-0 lead. Freshman Celia Kline capped the scoring

for the Cheesemakers with a goal at 76:19.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Katie Coplien had three saves.

It's also a boost for the Cheesemakers to have a senior captain like Schneider back on the field to help attack the goal.

"It was a huge for us to have Abbey back," O'Neill said. "She was fired up for this game. She got to the ball first.

She has great vision on the field."

Game 3 - Home vs Edgewood Apr-12-2011

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - In her first year as a full-time goalkeeper, Monroe senior Katie Coplien has solidified her role after performing

like a human wall.

Coplien had 17 saves, including several spectacular diving saves in a 2-0 loss to Madison Edgewood on Tuesday at Honey Creek.

She's convinced that no position is as challenging as the goalie, where a short-term memory is required.

"Goalie is probably one of the hardest positions mentally," Coplien said. "If you give up a goal, you have to tell yourself to keep going."

The Crusaders scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to seal the game. Edgewood sophomore Kathryn Anderson scored

on a breakaway goal at 69 minutes, 59 seconds to give the Crusaders a 1-0 lead.

Coplien remained confident after the Crusaders scored their first goal.

"I thought let's forget about it and play like the game is still 0-0," she said. "You can't have that (a goal) on your mind."

Coplien credited the Cheesemakers' defenders, sweeper and midfielders for shutting down the Crusaders for 70 minutes.

With the loss, Monroe drops to (1-1-1, 0-1 Badger South).

"I wouldn't be able to have all of those amazing saves without everybody," she said. "I don't think they (Edgewood) expected

it would be this hard."

Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill is excited about building off the game.

"We shut them out for 70 minutes," O'Neill said. "That's a feat for a team like ours. We have a lot of young and inexperienced

players. I can't wait to see what they will be like at the end of the season against teams like this."

Coplien made a diving save in the 23rd minute to keep the Crusaders off the board. In the 54th minute, the Crusaders ricocheted

a shot off the top off the cross bar and the Crusaders' goal was wiped away after they knocked down Coplien.

After starting the season without an experienced goalkeeper, O'Neill said that Coplien will remain in goal.

"To perform like that in a tough game bodes well for the future," O'Neill said. "Her goal kicks were perfect. Her punts were strong."

The Cheesemakers' best scoring opportunity came when freshman Gabby Ludwig had a breakaway and was knocked down on a shot

on goal in the 56th minute.

"Throughout the game she (Ludwig) was putting pressure on the defense by making tremendous runs," O'Neill said. "It's

unfortunate that there was no goal that resulted because of that. Next time there will be."

Coplien has gained more of an appreciation of the previous goal keepers who have come before her.

"I respect the first two goalies I played with," Coplien said. "I never knew what they had to deal with. They had a lot of

pressure on them. I give them a lot of credit. If you have never played it (goalie) you don't know what it's like."

Game 4 - Home vs Stoughton Apr-14-2011

Monroe tips Stoughton 1-0
Goal in the 50th minute gives MHS first conf. win

Times staff

STOUGHTON - One of Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill's goals for this season was for her team to generate more scoring. The Cheesemakers

didn't score much against Stoughton Thursday, but with good defense, outstanding goal-keeping, and a fierce wind, the Cheesemakers scored

just enough to defeat the Vikings.

Freshman Vanessa Studer's goal on a direct free kick at 49:54 accounted for all the scoring in the Cheesemakers' 1-0 win over Stoughton.

Monroe had to go against the wind in the first half and couldn't mount a scoring threat, but succeeded in keeping Stoughton off

the scoreboard.

"It was very intense in the first half and the wind was a factor," O'Neill said.

With the wind at their back in the second half, Monroe took advantage.

"It was much easier to move the ball in the second half," O'Neill said.

Early in the second half, the Vikings were charged with a tripping foul, allowing Studer to score on a direct free kick. Senior goalkeeper

Katie Coplien made the score stand up with 10 saves.

"Katie had a tremendous game. She made some key saves for us tonight," O'Neill said.

Monroe (2-1-2, 1-1 Badger South) will host Lodi Monday at 5 p.m.

Game 5 - Home vs Lodi Apr-18-2011

Monroe blanks Lodi 2-0
Frosh Studer scores two free kick goals

Adam Krebs

MONROE - Usually defense rules in a game marred by wind and cold conditions. That was the case again Monday when the Cheesemakers

shut out Lodi 2-0 to pick up a non-conference win.

"Our defense was outstanding. They all did a really nice job," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "In the first half I thought we were very

disorganized. We talked about it at halftime. In the second half we really organized ourselves. Our passes were connecting and we were

making really nice runs on the outside."

Goalkeeper Katie Coplien had some early work in the net, and didn't let a little mud spoil her eventual Senior Night post-game smile.

"It's cold, but I keep warm by moving - that's all I can do," said Coplien, a senior. "I lost feeling in some of my fingers and dropped

the ball once. But other than that, the cold doesn't matter. You get so focused on the game you don't even notice it."

Lodi made an early charge at goal in the first half. Just four minutes in on their second offensive possession, the Blue Devils had

a grand scoring opportunity. A shot across the box rolled past Coplien and ricocheted off the left post, but Coplien leapt from

her knees and covered the ball right on the goal line.

"I was a little nervous about that one. It scared the crap out of me, I'm not going to lie," said Coplien, who nearly lost the

handle on a ball deep in her own territory with under 10 minutes left in the game.

Monroe's offense again continued its onslaught of pressure. Outside of a 10-1 win against overmatched Wisconsin Heights,

the Cheesemakers (2-1-1) had scored just two goals in their other three games. With returning offensive threats

Chelsea Haffele and Kylee Ritschard, last year's Badger South's leading scorer - and incoming freshman Vanessa Studer -

the offense is set up to score a handful of goals a game. The law of averages suggests Monroe's offense is ready for a

string of breakout games.

"It's clicking more. We're getting a lot more combinations up in our attacking half. We're getting into the box and moving better

off the ball," O'Neill said. "We had more crosses in this game than I've seen."

Studer scored both of Monroe's goals on Monday on free kicks. The first one came in the 22nd minute of the first half from

the right wing.

"That was a beautiful free kick from Vanessa. It's always nice to see them score from a nice set play like that. It's what you

really want," O'Neill said. "Vanessa is such a well-rounded player. We can put her at forward, at midfield, she'll come back and

help out on defense - it's great to have a player like that. She just wants to play, play well wherever you put her, she has

a great attitude to the sport and teammates, she distributes the ball and has such great vision of the field - she's a huge

contribution to our team."

Studer then gave the Cheesemakers some breathing room in the closing minutes of the second half. With elbows being thrown

and bodies bumping together late in the game, Studer was given back-to-back opportunities from the top of the box for another

free kick. She put the ball just past the Lodi's goalie with 6:33 left in the game.

"That was huge, because everyone could relax a little bit more," O'Neill said. "Things were getting a little bit intense on the field.

But after that (goal), people started to relax on the field a little bit."

Studer said she just loves to play and win.

"Whatever the game gives us we're gfoing to get. Someday all those shots will fall for us," Studer said.

Taking over for her sister Alyssa, who graduated last spring, the younger Studer says she's learned a lot about soccer from her sibling.

"She definitely helped make me a lot tougher mentally and physically," Vanessa Studer said. "I feel fine out there. The team makes

me really feel apart of the team and we get along really well."

The Cheesemakers travel to Belleville on Thursday for a Green County rivalry game against Sugar River. Last year the Cheesemakers

upended the Raiders for the first time in program history, 1-0. This year Sugar River has outscored its opponents 19-3 in three games,

with two of those games being shutouts - in which the opponent never got off a shot attempt.

Game 6 - At Belleville Apr-21-2011

Sugar River tops Monroe in annual county rivalry game
Kernen scores 2 goals, Raiders pull away in 2nd half

Adam Krebs

BELLEVILLE - With Monroe and Sugar River acting as the only two soccer teams in Green County, it's kind of a big deal when

they meet. Thursday was no exception.

"It's always a great game (with Sugar River)," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "It gets physical. We had some injuries, but they

are all recoverable."

The two teams have developed a strong non-conference rivalry over the past several years, with Monroe getting its first win ever

in 2010. This year, it was the Raiders regaining the crown, 4-2.

"I'm happy with how we performed. Sugar River is very talented with a lot of depth," O'Neill said. "If we had more depth, we could

meet them the whole way. Kernen is a great player, and Lily Priewe and Allie Coplien did a fantastic job on her."

Sugar River is one of southern Wisconsin's most targeted teams. The Raiders are a senior-laden, experienced squad, with one of the

state's best players in Hannah Kernen, a senior bound for UW-Green Bay.

"We have high expectations this year," Sugar River coach John Ziperski said. "It's always interesting playing Monroe. We

needed this kind of game. The girls didn't give up or look past Monroe. And my hat's off to Monroe, they are a good squad and they play hard."

The Raiders (4-0) outscored their opponents 19-3 through their first three games, and hadn't allowed a shot on goal in the last

two. Monroe not only got a shot on goal early, but Vanessa Studer scored and the Cheesemakers went into halftime tied 1-1.

Kernen had scored Sugar River's lone goal.

"It's nice to see us pressure their defense. We got some nice goals from Vanessa (Studer) and Maddie (Knutson)," O'Neill said.

In the second half, the Raiders got going right away. Just 54 seconds after play started, Trisha Boley scored on a cross pass in

front of Monroe goalkeeper Katie Coplien. With 23:20 left, Katie Viney scored on a breakaway goal to make it 3-1.

"You need to get back at them and get back into the game," Monroe senior Kylee Ritschard said of playing from behind. "It's a big

rivalry too. We know we have to come out hard. It gives you an extra punch."

Despite trailing, Monroe never gave up. The Cheesemakers charged hard at backup Raiders goalie Raylynn Jelle and freshman

Maddie Knutson scored on a rebound with 17:33. Jelle had come up to make a stop on a loose ball, but juggled the catch and Knutson

fought through another defender in front of the net to score.

"Sometimes those things can lead to a few hiccups," Ziperski said of the goal on his backup. "But Raylynn made a few big saves after

that and didn't let it get to her."

Sugar River bounced back with Kernen scoring her second goal of the game on a penalty kick with 8:08 left. Viney had been knocked

down inside the box while attacking Monroe's goal.

The Cheesemakers had two more chances to score in the final seven minutes, but came up short. The closest Monroe got to another goal

was on a free kick by Studer, who hit the crossbar.

"It's good to play a physical game like this. It only makes you better. You have to be able to handle those kinds of skills in our

conference," O'Neill said.

Monroe (3-2-1) gets back into Badger Conference action on Tuesday at Fort Atkinson. Sugar River hosts Janesville Craig on Tuesday

and then Cambridge-Deerfield for a Capitol Conference matchup on Thursday.

Game 7 - Away vs Ft. Atkinson Apr-26-2011

Fort tops MHS with 7 sec. left

By Times staff

FORT ATKINSON - A moment of lost focus turned into a huge blow for the Cheesemakers Tuesday night. With seven seconds left

in a 1-1 game, Fort Atkinson found a way to punch in the game-winning goal.

"It was a lack of focus in the last seconds, thinking the game is over and it wasn't," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said.

Fort Atkinson had taken an early lead, scoring in the 15th minute and it took nearly 30 minutes of game time before the next score.

"After that first goal, we had a hard time regrouping. We made some changes at halftime and it seemed to work," O'Neill said.

Vanessa Studer sent a corner kick into the box and Monroe's Kylee Ritschard found the back of the net at the 45:45 mark in

the second half to tie it. From there, the Cheesemakers were in full defensive mode.

"The wind played a huge factor for both teams. It was very competitive at both ends. The last 20 minutes we were playing very defensively.

Katie Coplien had 13 saves in goal for the Cheesemakers (3-3-1, 1-2 Badger South). Monroe got off 16 shot attempts on offense

Game 8 - Home vs Oregon Apr-28-2011

Panthers take bite from Cheese
Oregon scores three goals in first 11 minutes, wins 5-2

Adam Krebs

MONROE - Usually a team grows as the season progresses. Not so much for the Cheesemakers. Sometime over the course of

the past two weeks, Monroe went from a young contending team to just young.

Two steps forward, five steps back.

"We're trying to get out of this rut that we're in and it's hard," Monroe senior goalkeeper Katie Coplien said after her team's

5-2 loss to Oregon Thursday. "We had a short talk after the game, and I think that's what we needed to do. We need to get over this."

The Cheesemakers have just one win in their last three games since falling 2-0 to third-ranked Edgewood on April 12.

"We need to have more strength and believe in ourselves a little more. At least more than we are right now," Coplien said.

"We have to move on and win our next games. That's what is most important."

Monroe lost Tuesday's game in the final seven seconds and coach Miriam O'Neill thinks that the tough ending may have carried over into Thursday.

"There's maybe a little bit of a lack of confidence of some of our players," O'Neill said. "We're very young and we don't have

much depth on our team. We have a lot to work on, but we do work on it. Yes, some of them were looking really beaten after

10 minutes of play, but I was glad to see that they regrouped and started back, playing their game."

Oregon (6-3, 3-1 Badger South) opened the game by scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes, 33 seconds. In fact, the first

two goals came within 20 seconds of each other in the ninth minute.

"(Oregon) came out very strong, very quickly. We were a little overwhelmed in the first 10 minutes. We have a young team and

sometimes it's kind of hard to cope with a very quick attack like that. They are a strong team. We knew they'd be good," O'Neill said.

"Them striking on us that early was tough to get out of," Coplien said. "I knew I needed to talk more. I needed to tell my

defense that we need more people on one side or the other. I was thinking, 'this is why they scored, because we need to talk.'"

Despite playing with the wind in the first half, the Cheesemakers could only muster one goal. At the 14:10 mark, Monroe's

Gabby Ludwig scored inside the box off of an assist from Sofia Larraga.

"After the first 10 minutes we calmed down, but it was a little bit too late at that point," O'Neill said. "The games was being

played both ways after that."

Oregon had the wind at its back in the second half and scored in the 47th minute and again in the 55th minute. Trailing 5-1,

Kylee Ritschard scored the final goal of the game for the Cheesemakers.

Monroe (3-4-1, 1-3) started the season 3-1-1 through five games, and looks to get back into a winning groove at the

Janesville Parker Quad today and Saturday. Conference play resumes Thursday, May 5, at home against Milton (5-2, 3-0).


Games 9 & 10 - JP Quad vs Whitewater and Ft. Atkinson Apr-29-2011

Monroe rebounds, wins quad
JANESVILLE - Monroe rebounded from its recent lull by knocking off Whitewater and Fort Atkinson to win the Janesville Quad Tournament Friday night.

The Cheesemakers beat Whitewater 4-0 in the opener and Fort Atkinson 3-0 in the championship game.

"The last couple of games hadn't gone the way we would have wanted," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "The girls made a

decision to turn it around. I saw a lot of leadership on the field, especially from our captains. Everyone stepped up."

Gabby Ludwig scored Monroe first goal against Whitewater, just 5 minutes, 2 seconds into the game off of a pass from Vanessa Studer.

Kylee Ritschard scored three minutes later to put the Whippets in a hole. Studer assisted the goal.

Ritschard then made it 3-0

in the second half, nailing a penalty kick in the 51st minute. Studer scored the games final goal in the 60th minute off of an

assist from Katie Poppe.

"The girls were completely focused and determined, especially against Fort Atkinson," O'Neill said.

Monroe lost to the Blackhawks,

one of its conference rivals, earlier in the week 2-1.


Chelsea Haffele opened the scoring for Monroe in the second game, putting one past Fort Atkinson's goalkeeper in the 25th minute.

Just 1:30 later, Studer scored off of a pass from Abbey Schneider to make it 2-0. In the 35th minute, Ritschard assisted

Studer's third goal of the night.

"We played two great possession games. The girls never gave up," O'Neill said.

Katie Coplien had eight combined saves for the Cheesemakers (5-4-1).
Game 11 - At Evansville May 3rd-2011
MHS upends Evansville

Times staff

EVANSVILLE - The Monroe Cheesemakers went on the road Tuesday and got their third straight win, 3-1 over the Evansville

Blue Devils in a non-conference match. 

Senior Kylee Ritschard scored two goals and Katie Coplien made nine saves to lead the Cheesemakers. 

Ritschard got her first score at the 13 minute, 23 second mark with an unassisted goal, then scored later in the first half in the

37th minute with an assist from junior Chelsea Haffele. The Cheesemakers increased their lead to 3-0 in the second half when

freshman Vanessa Studer scored an unassisted goal in the 50th minute.

"Our players really stepped up and played a great defensive game in both halves," Monroe head coach Miriam O'Neill said. 

Evansville's lone goal came in the second half. 

"Abbey Schneider played a great midfield. She made some good decisions and was a great leader in the midfield, and it was nice to

see Kylee get those two goals," O'Neill said.

Monroe (6-3-1) will host Milton on Thursday in a Badger South Conference match.

Game 12 - Home Against McFarland May 9th-2011
Cheesemakers score non-conference victory
MONROE - The Cheesemakers knocked off McFarland 4-1 in a non-conference girls soccer game Monday.

"McFarland is typically a strong team with a lot of depth. This was a very good win for us," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said.

Vanessa Studer scored the first goal of the game against the wind and just 3 minutes, 11 seconds into the contest to put the

Cheesemakers up 1-0. Kylee Ritschard scored in the 43rd minute to make it 2-0 Monroe and just three minutes later Chelsea

Haffele put the Cheesemakers up by three.

"We really picked the game up in the second half," O'Neill said. "Our midfield played a beautiful game, and our defense also

played intelligently."

Lez'lee Foley scored in the 54th minute from deep in midfield to put McFarland (3-5-1) away for good.

The Spartans' lone goal came on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute.

Katie Coplien had nine saves in goal for the Cheesemakers, who had 19 shots on goal offensively.

The Cheesemakers (7-5-1, 1-4-0) host Mount Horeb (4-5-2) on Friday in another non-conference game. 

Game 13 - At Mt. Horeb May 13rd-2011
5/14/2011 12:30:00 AM 

Cheese tie Vikings 1-1 in 2OT
MOUNT HOREB - The Cheesemakers couldn't get that one final goal to score themselves a quality two-overtime road win on Friday.

Chelsea Haffele scored just 9 minutes, 26 seconds into the game on a pass from Abby Schneider to put Monroe up 1-0, but

Mount Horeb tied it up with under two minutes to play.

"We were again lacking focus, and we are a little inexperienced yet in holding a lead in the final minutes," Monroe coach

Miriam O'Neill said after her team's 1-1 tie in two overtimes against Mount Horeb.

Katie Coplien had nine saves in goal and the Cheesemakers put 15 shots on the Vikings goalkeeper.

"We were attacking well in that first half, but we just couldn't finish on our shots. We played a good, intense and physical game,"

O'Neill said.

The contest not only went into two extra periods, but the game was paused for an injury timeout. A Mount Horeb player had to

be taken off the field in an ambulance.

"It was a cold, wet and long one," O'Neill said. 

Game 14 - At Monona Grove May 18th-2011
Cheese win in 2OTs

By Times staff

MONONA - Freshman Vanessa Studer took a quick pass from Chelsea Haffele and sent the game-winning shot past Monona Grove's

goalkeeper with just 57 seconds left in the second overtime, landing Monroe a 1-0 win.

It was the Cheesemakers' second double-overtime game in as many contests.

"We really stepped it up in overtime," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "It was a great shot by Vanessa. She caught the goalkeeper

out of position after Chelsea's quick pass."

The goal came at the 99 minute, 3 second mark of the game. Had 57 more seconds ticked by, the contest would have ended in a 0-0 tie.

Monroe nearly didn't even make it to overtime. Goalkeeper Katie Coplien made 10 saves in goal, including a penalty kick in the final

minute of the first half.

"She had a huge game and made some key saves. Saving a penalty kick is a real boost for the entire team," O'Neill said.

Monroe plays at the Badger Challenge at Honey Creek on Friday, then at Sauk Prairie on May 26 to close out the regular season.


5/21/2011 1:30:00 AM   

Sauk Prairie squeaks by Monroe in Challenge

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - Time and again Monroe freshman Vanessa Studer received an direct kick, but the Cheesemakers

couldn't cash in and lost a nail biter to Sauk Prairie 1-0 in the Badger Challenge Friday.

"We had a lot of scoring opportunities," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "There were a lot of zingers off the bar.

It was a battle."

Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Monroe junior Danie Poppe (12) looks to make a run through Sauk Prairie freshman Sierra Suchla in the Cheesemakers’ 1-0 loss to the Eagles Friday.
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Monroe freshman Gabby Ludwig (16) looks to take a shot between a Sauk Prairie defender and goalkeeper Friday in the Cheesemakers’ 1-0 loss.

Sauk Prairie junior midfielder Hannah Juckett scored a first-half goal and that is all the Eagles would need. The

Cheesemakers had several scoring opportunities in the second half. Studer drilled a shot off the top cross bar on

an direct kick in the 46th minute. Monroe junior forward Chelsea Haffele powered a shot over the top cross bar

in the 62nd minute. Monroe freshman Gabby Ludwig and senior Kylee Ritschard also each had golden

scoring opportunities they couldn't put away inside the box.

"I was hoping we could get one in," Studer said. "Unfortunately, it wasn't on our side today."

Studer excelled at setting up scoring opportunities with her direct kicks.

"I always try to have a power shot so we can get a rebound," she said. "Kylee and Gabby are good at getting those


There weren't many rebounds for the Eagles to grab and putback with Monroe senior goalkeeper Katie Coplien

in the net. Coplien had 12 saves and she

kept the faith her team would score.

"I was kind of confident," Coplien said. "We have been working on taking shots. Even though they didn't get one in they were all solid shots."

O'Neill was satisfied with the effort.

"They came out in the second half fired up," O'Neill said. "They couldn't have done anything more than what they did."

O'Neill commended Coplien for setting up the defense.

"Katie was really communicating well with her defense," she said. "She made some great decisions. She had a great game tonight."

The Cheesemakers won't have to wait long to play Sauk Prairie again. Monroe will play at Sauk Prairie May 26.

"It will be nice to get a rematch," Coplien said. "We will work on what we need to in practice. We will come in 10 times better on Thursday."


Saturday, September 11
2010 Boys HS Soccer

 Monroe HS Boys' 2010 Season

August 17th, 2010

MONROE - Returning only three varsity players in a sport that requires 11 on the field at once can lead to problems. Especially against perennial state championship contenders.

"Waunakee hasn't lost a conference game in the last three years and are always one of the top-ranked teams in Division 1," Monroe boys soccer coach Tony Stamm said after his

team's 4-1 loss to Waunakee Tuesday at Honey Creek Park. "We have only three returning players on varsity, and the rest of the guys are all new. This was the first time we got to all

play together and I think we did a great job. I was very happy with the way our guys worked."

Waunakee wasted no time getting on the board, putting a ball beyond the reach of Monroe senior goalkeeper Kramer Henning not even 10 minutes into the game. By the 17th

minute, the Warriors led 2-0.

"Waunakee has lots of talented players and I felt we kept up with them almost all game," Stamm said. "They had more scores than us, but guy-to-guy, we kept up with them."

Mitch Marty put the Cheesemakers on the board nearly four minutes later. Marty took a breakaway pass from Kelli Isaj and got the ball passed Waunakee's sliding goalkeeper,

scoring easily.

With rain soaking the field the Warriors opened the second half with a bang, scoring in the first three minutes to take a commanding 3-1 lead.

"We're going to try and trap the ball back in the defense a little better," Stamm said. "We had some opportunities there and we didn't really know how to work it before. We started

getting it down here at the end a little bit."

Waunakee scored its final goal in the closing minutes.

"We are very short on subs," said Stamm, who said it's tough as it is with a short preseason practice schedule. The team opened practice Monday, Aug. 9.

"There is hardly any time to make judgments on where players need to go an where to play at. Also to then try and get them to break bad habits. It's a very short time to get

heavy into the season," Stamm said.

Stamm did say that despite school not being in session, he has not had problems with players making it to practice on time.

"They have done a very good job of getting here. We have a bunch of guys who work really good with each other, on the field and giving rides to practice," Stamm said.

Monroe travels to DeForest Thursday and hosts Pewaukee Saturday morning.

"Pewaukee usually is one of the top teams in division 2. We had never seen them and they wanted to play us. We feel kind of honored that they wanted to play and we're

going to give them a good match," Stamm said, adding that he feels it will only take a couple more games for the team to get rolling.

August 19th, 2010

DEFOREST - The Cheesemakers evened their record with a 2-1 overtime win on the road at DeForest Thursday.

"Our guys gave it everything they had," Monroe head soccer coach Tony Stamm said. "We were dominating them in the first half, keeping the ball in their half, but

just couldn't get one into the goal."

DeForest scored on a free kick to make it 1-0 just 47 seconds into the second half, but eight minutes later Monroe senior Kelli Isaj tied it up.

At the 2:38 mark in overtime, Isaj ended the game.

Senior Kramer Henning had 11 saves in goal for Monroe, which hosts Pewaukee Saturday at 11 a.m. at Honey Creek Park.

"Pewaukee is usually in the running in Division 2 for state every year. It should be a good game," Stamm said.

August 21st, 2010

Pewaukee defeats Monroe at Honey Creek Field by a score of 5-1.  Monroe's lone goal was scored by Jason Atkinson.

August 24th, 2010

Milton defeats Monroe 7-1.  The lone goal for Monroe was scored by Kelmend Isaj assisted by Belsazar Castellanos.

 August 26th, 2010

Monroe takes on Sauk Prairie at Honey Creek Field and comes away with a nail-biting 3-2 victory!  Monroe senior Kelli Isaj found out that sometimes it's better to be

lucky than good.

Isaj had a breakaway shot late in the second half that was deflected off Sauk Prairie junior goalkeeper Cristian Flores at the near post. Sauk Prairie senior defender Paul

Ballweg slid in to the goal to clear the shot and he knocked in what proved to be the game-winner that gave the Cheesemakers a 3-2 win Thursday at Honey Creek Park.

"If you go very hard sometimes the luck comes," Isaj said of the game-winning goal that came at 68 minutes, 27 seconds. "We were going hard. I was just trying

hard to score and we did."

Monroe coach Tony Stamm is a proponent of the Cheesemakers forcing the issue on offense and making their own luck.
"It's always nice to be lucky," Stamm said. "A lot of that is because everyone was pushing down there. That's why you never give up when you get down there. It was really

exciting to get a home win. We have a lot of respect for Sauk Prairie. We always look forward to playing Sauk Prairie because they are a good team and they come to play."

Monroe (2-3, 0-1 Badger South) got on the board early when freshman Blake Duffy scored a goal on an assist from Jens Wohlbier at 15:35. Sauk Prairie (4-3-1) answered when

senior midfielder Cody Fuchs scored at 30:35 to tie the game at 1.

Isaj scored the go-ahead goal in the second half when he blasted a shot to the far post to give the Cheesemakers a 2-1 lead. The Cheesemakers had several other scoring

opportunities that could have broke the game open. Monroe junior Cody Stamm just missed punching in a goal in the 44th minute off Isaj's indirect kick. Monroe sophomore

Corey Flannery had a shot that deflected off Flores in the 63rd minute and Isaj booted a shot over the top cross bar in the 65th minute.

Sauk Prairie sophomore midfielder Jason Thrune's pass at 66:44 turned into a game-tying goal when Monroe senior Sam Keizer headed the ball into the net. That set the

stage for Isaj's game-winner with some help from the Eagles.

"We were off our game today," said Greg Frosch, Sauk Prairie coach. "I wasn't happy with the way we played. It's one of the games we want to forget and move forward."

Frosch saw the game with the Cheesemakers as a key matchup. Sauk Prairie, which has played Division 1 in the postseason the last several years, will play Division 2

this season.

"This is a win we needed down here," he said. "There are a lot better teams in our sectional than Monroe."

The Eagles wouldn't go away quietly with two golden scoring opportunities on crosses late in the second half. Sauk Prairie freshman forward Juan Elizondo just missed a

potential game-tying shot with 33 seconds left.

"We had a lot of opportunities," Frosch said. "We had a lot of bad luck today."

Despite playing with only three players to substitute in on the bench, the Cheesemakers were able to hang on. Isaj sees it as a defining win when the intensity picked up in

the second half.

"They were trying to get us out of control," he said. "They were a physical team."

August 31st, 2010

MONROE hosts Reedsburg at Honey Creek Field and the two teams delivered an exciting game that ended in a 1-1 tie after two overtimes! 

Belsazar Castellanos scored Monroe's only goal 9 minutes, 35 seconds into the game. Reedsburg tied the score in the 17th minute on a shot by Joshua DeBlock.

Monroe goalkeeper Kramer Henning had 11 saves. The Cheesemakers were on the offensive attack all night, taking 15 shots on goal.

"This was a game that Monroe should have won," Cheesemakers head coach Tony Stamm said. "We had too many missed opportunities, but the team overall

did a great job considering playing one player short most of the second half."

Cody Stamm received a red card in the 46th minute for sliding into Reedsburg's goalie, forcing the Cheesemakers to play with one less player the rest of the game.


September 2nd, 2010


MONROE - Platteville's Sweedish exchange student Henrick Klerfelt scored a goal in the 56th minute to hand the Cheesemakers a 1-0 loss Thursday at Honey Creek Park.

"Platteville always brings their 'A' game with them when they come to play us," said Tony Stamm, Monroe coach. "I think we are one of their big challenges. This one hurt

being a Division 2 team for our seeding."

Monroe (2-4-1) squandered several second half scoring opportunities.

"We outplayed them in both halves," Stamm said. "The score doesn't reflect that. We have to put it in the back of the net to make it count. We had the opportunities.

We just have to finish them."

Monroe senior Kelli Isaj headed a shot on the goal at 41 minutes, 36 seconds and a Platteville player hit him right above the lip.

Stamm said Isaj had several teeth knocked loose.

Isaj left the game and came back in moments later to finish the game.

"He really wanted to finish the game," Stamm said.

Monroe freshman Blake Duffy just missed scoring in the 45th minute. Platteville didn't have many scoring opportunities, but the Hillmen made them count. Kerfelt scored

his goal on a through ball at 55:36.

"I figured that was how they were going to score," Stamm said. "They were just kicking the ball, bouncing it in front of the goal and hoping for a lucky bounce."

Isaj had a shot ricochet off the top cross bar in the 66th minute. He had another shot sail just wide of the far post in the 68th minute as the Cheesemakers played

a frantic final 10 minutes pressing the issue on offense.

"We are going to work at shooting under pressure," Stamm said. "We are better than that."

September 7th, 2010

EVANSVILLE - The Monroe Cheesemakers and the Evansville Blue Devils staged a defensive battle through the first half of a non-conference soccer match Tuesday.

For another 26 minutes, the battle continued. The Cheesemakers finally broke through with two goals in the final 14 minutes to claim a 2-0 win.

Senior Kelli Isaj scored on a direct kick at 66:10, then produced another goal on a direct kick at 78:09 to lift Monroe to a hard-fought victory.

"Our defense did a fantastic job tonight," said Tony Stamm, Monroe head coach.

Defensively, Stamm praised the stellar play of senior goalkeeper Kramer Henning, who had nine saves, and senior Sam Keizer for shutting down Evensville.

"Sam Keizer stopped everything," Stamm said.

Monroe (3-4-1) will face Oregon on the road Friday before taking part in the Sauk Prairie Invitational Saturday.

September 10th, 2010

Monroe travels to Oregon and loses a tough game by the score of 3-0. 

September 11th, 2010  

Cheese drop two at Sauk Invite

PRAIRIE DU SAC - A short-handed Monroe boys soccer team lost two games at the Sauk Prairie Invitational Saturday.

Monroe (3-7-1, 0-2 Badger South) lost to Green Bay Southwest 6-0 and then lost to West Salem 2-1. The Cheesemakers had two players

banged up who didn't play a game and two others not available. Monroe senior Sam Keizer, who was stepped on in a game at Oregon Friday, didn't

play against Green Bay Southwest. Freshman Blake Duffy also didn't play against Green Bay Southwest due to knee injury. Senior goalkeeper

Kramer Henning and senior Mitch Marty were at a baseball tournament and weren't available.

"It was a tough weekend," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "We played ourselves out at that game," he said of Oregon Friday.

Monroe junior Belsazar Castellanos scored on a free kick at 35 minutes, 17 seconds against West Salem. Monroe junior goalkeeper Kyle

Williams had 16 saves against Green Bay Southwest and six saves against West Salem.

The Cheesemakers host Fort Atkinson at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Honey Creek Park.

"We just need to re-group for our conference game Tuesday," Stamm said.

September 14th, 2010  

Isaj's late goal lifts Cheese over Fort, 2-1

Times staff

MONROE - The Cheesemakers picked up its first conference win on senior night, knocking off Fort Atkinson 2-1.

Kelli Isaj scored the game clinching goal in the 72nd minute on a free kick from the right side.

"He curved it right into the far post and into the net," Monroe head coach Tony Stamm said.

Isaj assisted on Monroe's first goal, which came off the head of Belsazar Castellanos at 39 minutes, 18 seconds.

"Kelli actually wanted to come out of the game. He said he was feeling hot. I looked at the clock and saw there was only two minutes left and told him to

stay in there," Stamm said. "We were really excited (with the goal). It was great to get it in the last few seconds of the half."

Stamm went on to add that his two goal scorers were the leading cause for the win.

"Kelli and Belsazar both had an excellent game. Kelli had 12 shots on goal," Stamm said.

Fort Atkinson tied the game in the 49th minute on a goal by Martin Moguel.

Senior Kramer Henning had 17 saves in goal for Monroe (4-7-1).

"He was pretty busy tonight," Stamm said.

September 16th, 2010  

Monroe Blanks Dodgeville

DODGEVILLE - Monroe junior midfielder Belsazar Castellanos scored two goals to lift the Cheesemakers to a 4-0 win over Dodgeville Thursday.

Monroe (5-7-1, 1-2 Badger South) dominated the game from the start. Castellanos scored his first goal at 16 minutes, 32 seconds.

"He (Castellanos) has a very good left foot," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "That has been paying off for us."

Stamm said the win over Dodgeville was a big win because the Dodgers are in the same sectional as Monroe.

Monroe senior Kelli Isaj scored at 25:10 to give the Cheesemakers a 2-0 halftime lead.

Junior Cody Stamm scored on an assist from sophomore Corey Flannery at 44:10 to give the Cheesemakers a 3-0 lead. Castellanos capped the scoring with his

second goal on an assist from senior Jens Wohlbier at 52:50.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Kramer Henning had nine saves.

"Our defense controlled the game," Stamm said. "It allowed our mids and forwards to push up."

September 18th, 2010    

Cheese pound Portage-Poynette
Isaj scores four goals, Monroe drops shootout

EAST TROY - Monroe senior Kelli Isaj had a hat trick in leading Monroe to a 6-2 win over Portage-Poynette at the East Troy Invitational Saturday.

"It's very nice he was able to get the hat trick," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said of Isaj. "He works so hard. He's so dedicated to soccer. I'm glad he finally got that one."

Monroe (6-7-2) came a shootout away from winning the invite. Monroe exploded for four first-half goals to beat Portage-Poynette. The Cheesemakers scored three goals in the first 15 minutes. Senior Kelli Isaj scored the first of his three goals on an assist from Bob Seichter at 7:09. Monroe junior Jason Atkinson then scored off an assist from Isaj at 10:30. Junior Kyle Williams scored a goal at 14:55 on a pass from senior Jens Wohlbier to give the Cheesemakers a 3-0 lead. Isaj scored a goal at 23:50 to give the Cheesemakers a 4-0 lead at halftime.

Freshman Blake Duffy scored at 55:15 to give the Cheesemakers a commanding 5-0 lead. Isaj capped the scoring with his third goal in the 64th minute.

Monroe senior Kramer Henning had five saves and Williams added four.

Also Saturday, the Cheesemakers played East Troy to a tie at 1 after 70 minutes, but lost in a shootout 4-1. Isaj scored the only goal in the shootout.

The Cheesemakers would not have got to a shootout if it hadn't been for the late-game heroics of freshman Alex Hendrickson. Hendrickson scored a header goal off Isaj's free kick at 33:35 to tie the game at 1 to force a shootout.

"We felt like we could have won the tournament," Stamm said. "It was disappointing to lose in a shootout."
Monroe will get back into Badger South Conference play with a game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Stoughton.

September 21st, 2010 

Stoughton's OT goal drops MHS

STOUGHTON - Ben Cleveland's prayers were answered with an improbable goal against Monroe.

Cleveland's direct free kick went off the post and in for the game-winning goal as Stoughton beat Monroe 3-2 in overtime Tuesday night.

"We outplayed them," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "It's just disappointing we didn't come away with a win since it was conference."

Monroe (6-8-2, 1-3 Badger South) had to overcome a 2-0 deficit. Monroe freshman Blake Duffy scored a goal at 67:24 to cut the Vikings' lead to 2-1.

Monroe senior Kelli Isaj scored the game-tying goal at 78:12 to send the game into overtime.

"We felt very confident because we were winning the ball, controlling the ball and just outplaying Stoughton," Stamm said.

September 23rd, 2010 

Bragging rights on hold
Sugar River’s two second-half goals lead to tie with MHS

Adam Krebs

BELLEVILLE - The annual matchup between Monroe and Sugar River is always filled with intensity and pride. Bragging rights for Green County are on the line.

"We're the only two teams in Green County and we always come together and play very hard," Monroe head coach Tony Stamm said.

Thursday evening the Cheesemakers couldn't hold a 2-0 second-half lead as the Raiders came back to force a 2-2 double-overtime tie.

"We're a team, we never give up," Raiders senior Brett Ellenberger said. "We persevere."

Monroe, leading 1-0 at halftime, opened the second half in style as Mitch Marty sent a free kick pass to Kelli Isaj, who headed the ball past Sugar River

goalkeeper Alex Gocht just 20 seconds into the frame.

"It was really exciting. But then what happened is we started relaxing," Stamm said. "We needed to just hold back a little bit and try to keep from getting scored on."

Sugar River didn't hang their heads, despite top stars Jon Fox and Otto Kienitz sitting out.

"It makes me work a little harder and it makes everyone else work a little harder. It's not just me, it's not just the seniors - it's everyone working together as a team," Ellenberger said.

Fox sat out with a sore leg but will be back to play this year, according to Sugar River coach Matt Belknap. Kienitz re-injured the broken foot he was recovering

from and will not return this season.

"Jon gave the guys a big speech today, reminding them how good they were without him and how much they can do without him," Belknap said. "The guys knew

two goals was not insurmountable."

Sugar River found a way to fight back.

Five minutes into the half, Justin Stadelman collided with Monroe goalie Kramer Henning on a save attempt, and the ball poked free. Freshman Travis Loeffelholz

scored on the rebound.

Henning, who was noticeably shaken up afterward, said he was hit in the groin area and, "was scared of getting hit again."

Eleven minutes later, Ellenberger's throw-in went through the arms and legs of Henning and Stadelman put the ball in the back of the net.

"We need to finish the game. We had a couple stupid mistakes and it jeopardized the game," Stamm said.

Monroe's first goal came with 10 minutes, 39 seconds left in the first half as Marty broke through a crowd and sent a cross pass through the box. Monroe's Blake Duffy

headed a shot into the goal.

"We had a lot of opportunities to score. We kept it down on their side," Stamm said. "The problem was the little bit of rain that we had, the ball was slippery and we didn't

have good contact with it."

Sugar River hosts a quadrangular Saturday in New Glarus, and Monroe is attending.

"I'm looking forward to a rematch. I hope we both meet in the finals," Belknap said.

Tuesday, April 6
2010 Girls HS Soccer

More Pictures


April 6th - Season Opener

Dueling shutouts on two fields at the same time?  That would be the Varsity and JV accomplishment at Honey Creek on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010. 

4/7/2010 1:11:00 AM   

Cheesemakers level Dodgers
Ritschard scores three goals to spark Monroe to 7-0 win

Mark Nesbittf

MONROE - With little practice time and a lot of new faces, Monroe girls soccer coach Miriam O'Neill didn't know what to expect in Tuesday's season opener.

Monroe passed its first test after junior Kylee Ritschard scored three goals and had two assists to lead the Cheesemakers to a 7-0 win over Dodgeville at Honey Creek Park.

Nice Header Katie!!!

Monroe junior defender Katie Coplien delivers on a header as she beat a Dodgeville player to the

ball in the second half of the Cheesemakers’ 7-0 season-opening win over the Dodgers Tuesday at Honey Creek Park.

"You always kind of worry about the first game," O'Neill said. "The girls get kind of nervous about it. We have a young team and don't have a lot of depth.

Everyone stepped up. I saw a really good team out there today."

There was no need to worry early as the Cheesemakers dominated the ball and took a 1-0 lead on junior Abbey Schneider's goal 30 seconds into the

game. Monroe freshman Leeza Foley scored a goal at 7 minutes, 5 seconds on an assist from Ritschard to give the Cheesemakers a 2-0 lead.

"It's hard for a freshman to come into a varsity team and perform like that," O'Neill said, of Foley.

Nice First Goal Abbey!!!

Monroe junior Abbey Schneider socks a corner kick into play during the first-half Tuesday. Schneider scored

Monroe's first goal as the Cheesemakers exploded for 5 first half goals.  Monroe will play at Wisconsin Heights on Friday

The Cheesemakers exploded for three goals in about three minutes. Sophomore forward Chelsea Haffele scored a goal on Ritschard's second

assist to give the Cheesemakers a 3-0 lead at 32:13. Ritschard added a goal moments later on a pass from senior Alyssa Studer. Then, Ritschard capped

off a scoring outburst with her second goal on an assist from senior midfielder Tessa Brown to give the Cheesemakers an insurmountable 5-0 lead at halftime.

"Kylee and Chelsea work so well together as a team," O'Neill said. "She (Ritschard) is just so good at using her body and turning. She just has that

intensity to go get the goal every time."

Ritschard said everyone did an excellent job of passing the ball, hitting on some crosses and pushing the ball up on defense.

"I was a little nervous coming into it," Ritschard said. "I really have been at practice a lot. My teammates helped me get the ball up and get focused."

Ritschard added her third goal on a penalty kick at 50:48. Junior midfielder Briana Beck capped the scoring with a goal off a pass from Haffele.

Senior goalkeeper Gail LaVoie had one save in the shutout. The Cheesemakers' defenders limited the Dodgers to just one shot.

Studer, who usually plays sweeper, was moved up into an offensive position, and she took advantage of the opportunity.

"Alyssa Studer is a phenomenal player," O'Neill said. "It was nice to get her up the field in the middle and set up some scoring. We really did dominate the game."


And on the adjacent field, the JV girls were strutting their stuff as well!  At 17 minutes, the ball was dangerously bouncing around

in front of the Dodgeville keeper when Abby Schwenn notched her first ever goal and gave Monroe the 1-0 lead!  At 34 minutes, 

Stephanie Hubbard scored to make the score 2-0

Monroe into half time! The JV girls dominated the first half and had two goals to show for it!!

Three minutes into the second

half, the Dodgeville keeper had a soft goal kick that Sofie Larraga jumped all over and put a shot right back over the keeper's head

to make the score 3-0.  Then at 49 minutes, Rachel "Truck" Wellnitz forced her way around the defenders and completed the run

with a nice hard, low shot! 

Monroe was now up 4-0!  With just 5 minutes remaining, exchange student Tes Losvik finished off the scoring and the 5-0 JV victory!

Mark it down - Monroe wins two in their opening day of Spring 2010 Soccer!

4/10/2010 1:19:00 AM   
Cheese dismantles Vanguards

By Times staff

The Monroe girls soccer team continued its offensive fireworks with a 6-1 win over Wisconsin Heights Friday.

Monroe junior Kylee Ritschard scored two goals and had two assists and sophomore Chelsea Haffele scored two goals to lead the Cheesemakers to their second straight win. For Monroe (2-0), the victory came with a cost, as junior Abbey Schneider injured her knee and left the field by ambulance.

Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill didn't want to speculate on the type of injury.

O'Neill said Schneider will probably miss at least a couple of weeks.

Haffele scored the Cheesemakers' first goal at 23 minutes, 49 seconds. Junior midfielder Briana Beck added a goal on a pass from Ritschard about 30 seconds later.

Ritschard scored her first goal on an assist from senior Chrissy Marti at 39:20. Haffele added a second goal off a pass from Ritschard. Domenisha Underwood scored a goal that was set up by a Ritschard corner kick. After Ritschard's corner kick, Haffele found Underwood, who gave the Cheesemakers an insurmountable lead. Ritschard capped the scoring with an unassisted goal.

"It took us a while to get in the swing of the game," O'Neill said. "It was nice to score from a corner kick. It was our goal to score off a corner kick. It's what we have talked about after the Dodgeville game."
















April 13 Vs Madison Edgewood

Edgewood blanks Cheesemakers, 3-0

By Times staff

MADISON - The Monroe Cheesemakers put together a strong defensive effort, but couldn't muster much on offense as they fell 3-0 to

Madison Edgewood Tuesday.  The Crusaders got the only goal of the first half in the seventh minute to take a 1-0 halftime lead. Edgewood

scored in the 56th minute and in the 64th minute to hold off the Cheesemakers.

"It was a good test for our team. We're a very young team," said Monroe head coach Miriam O'Neill. "We did a really nice job in

the first half, holding them to one goal."

Goaltender Gail Lavoie had 18 saves for the Cheesemakers, including back to back saves on a penalty kick and rebound.

"It's really difficult to save a penalty kick," said O'Neill. "We had some positive aspects to our game."

Monroe (2-1) will be home to

face Stoughton on Thursday at 5 p.m.


4/16/2010 4:00:00 PM   
Monroe’s Chelsea Haffele tries to push a Stoughton defender out of the way during Thursday’s 2-0 win.
Monroe’s Tessa Brown looks to get the ball from a Stoughton player during Thursday’s win.
Early goals trump Stoughton, 2-0
Neither team scored with wind at their back

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - Any goal is cause for celebration.

The Monroe girls soccer team had a lot to celebrate after sophomore forward Chelsea Haffele and junior forward Kylee Ritschard scored first half goals to propel the Cheesemakers to a 2-0 shutout of Stoughton Thursday at Honey Creek Park.

Ritschard's cross set up Haffele who punched in a goal at the near post that went right past Stoughton's goalkeeper at 20 minutes, 10 seconds to give the Cheesemakers a 1-0 lead.

"I knew if I just kept making those runs I would eventually get it in," Haffele said.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Gail LaVoie had 11 saves and earned the shutout. Neither team scored when going with the wind.

"Sometimes the wind can be a factor in the game," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "With the wind, you have to keep the ball as low as you can. You play a little reckless with your shots thinking it will be easy to get it in the back of the net."

Monroe senior Alyssa Studer set up the Cheesemakers' second goal with an indirect kick. Haffele then found Ritschard at 32:43 to give the Cheesemakers a 2-0. It was a lead they never relinquished. With the win, Monroe improves to 3-1 overall and 1-1 Badger South.

"Alyssa has just great field vision," O'Neill said. "She's great on those free kicks. Kylee and Chelsea instinctively work off each other. That's how they score."

After working a pair of scoring combinations to perfection in the first half, the Cheesemakers missed several second half scoring opportunities with the ball sailing over the goal.

"It's always nice to have those combinations to work up to," O'Neill said. "That's the way you would like to see them play."

Haffele understands the Cheesemakers missed some scoring opportunities.

"I just thought if I kept on shooting the wind would help," she said. "I thought we would score a couple more goals in the second half with the wind."

O'Neill was impressed with LaVoie's decision making as the goal keeper.

"Gail made some really nice and key saves," O'Neill said. "There was one where she punched it out over everyone's heads. It's hard for the keeper to decide whether they should catch it or punch it. We would like for them to catch it. She made all the right decisions."

Haffele said the Cheesemakers focused on having the midfielders defend the middle.

"That's where most of the goals are scored," she said of the middle inside the box. "If we keep them out of the middle, that will reduce their chances of scoring."




























April 15 Vs the Stoughton Vikings

On the adjacent field, the JV were also playing in the heavy wind.  They won the toss and elected to attack with the wind.  And that decision

paid off!  Early into the game, Rachel Wellnitz took a strong corner kick that made it's way to the front of the goal.  After bouncing around

of different players, Angelica Hoermann cleaned up the scramble and game Monroe the 1-0 lead!  Towards the end of the first half, a ball

was rolling towards the Stoughton keeper.  An unfortunate touch on the ball by a defender redirected the rolling ball out of the reach of

the keeper to give Monroe a 2-0 lead going into the half.

In the second half, Stoughton had the wind and put immediate pressure on Monroe.  At 45 minutes, Stoughton scored to cut the

deficit to 2-1.  For the remaining 35 minutes, Monroe played solid defense and kept Stoughton from scoring.  Domenisha Underwood had a

solid game in goal, deflecting a game tying shot just wide of the goal.  Congrats ladies on another win!


4/20/2010 4:38:00 PM   

MHS ties Cambridge-Deerfield, 0-0

Times staff

CAMBRIDGE - The Monroe soccer team ran to a 0-0 tie with Cambridge-Deerfield Monday.

"It was a very exciting game," Monroe head coach Miriam O'Neill said. "It was a very physical game. I saw some very effective rotations."

With a young team and little depth, O'Neill said the team is trying to find ways to mesh together. Despite coming away without a win, she thought the team

showed her great things.

"Each individual really played well. What we need to do now is make those combinations more effective," O'Neill said.

Monroe goaltender Gail LaVoie had four saves in goal, while the Cheesemakers were shut out on 16 shots.

"We dominated the second half and had some very well organized attacks. I was pleased with what I saw. These were two well matched teams," O'Neill said.

The junior varsity teams also finished in a 0-0 tie.

The Cheesemakers host Sugar River Thursday.

4/23/2010 12:13:00 AM 


LaVoie shuts down Raiders
Cheesemakers pick up first-ever win over highway rival

Adam Krebs

MONROE - The Cheesemakers knocked off Sugar River for the first time in school history Thursday, 1-0, thanks to the

amazing play of goalkeeper Gail LaVoie.

"This is the best game in goal I've ever played," LaVoie said. "We've never beaten Sugar River before. Ever. This is basically the best day of my life right now.

I can't even talk I'm so happy."

Sugar River’s Hannah Kernen slides in to tackle

the ball away from Monroe’s Briana Beck while

Lauren Narveson (5) defends in the first half of

the Cheesemakers’ 1-0 win Thursday. It was

Monroe’s first ever victoy over Sugar River.

Monroe (4-2-1) got its only goal 16 minutes, 37 seconds into the game when Chelsea Haffele received a pass from Jessie Farrar and got past the defense and

the Sugar River goalie Natalie Manion, and sent the shot into the left corner of the net.

"This is a big win. It's probably a milestone for us, beating them for the first time," Monroe head coach Miriam O'Neill said. "It was a very intense game. We decided to

change our defensive lineup a little bit."

Monroe moved all-conference senior defender Alyssa Studer to midfield and Katie Coplien and Chrissy Marti to middle defenders.

"That really worked well," O'Neill said. "They all did a spectacular job. Gail did an amazing job. She was always in the right place. Her communication was

fantastic - everybody could hear her. To have that kind of decisive assertiveness from your keeper really makes a difference to your game. It gives confidence to your team."

Haffele's shot was one of just a few by the Cheesemakers, who spent the majority of the game defending Sugar River's top strikers, two-time all-state player

Hannah Kernen and Katie Viney.

"It was a very defensive game from our standpoint," O'Neill said. "Martina Leal did a spectacular job of keeping Katie Viney out, and on the other side, McKenzie Bruce

did a very nice job on the other side in a new role for her. Kernen and Viney are really extremely good strikers and we marked them up. We gave Katie Coplien that job

today and she really stepped up to it. She shut Hannah Kernen down."

The Raiders (6-3) more than doubled Monroe in shots on goal, many shots came off breakaways and corner kicks.

"We're in a little bit of a rut right now. We've just felt like there has been a cap on the goal," Sugar River head coach John Ziperski said. "Monroe came out with a lot

of passion. You could tell they really wanted it. Their keeper was organized, smart and quick to the ball. She had some amazing saves. My hats off to Gail."

Both Kernen and Viney had their fare share of shots on goal.

"We just had some opportunities that didn't go our way. It's extremely frustrating to them (Kernen and Viney) because they are high competitive players," Ziperski said.

"Some days, that's how soccer goes. The only thing a coach can do is encourage them to keep their heads up."

In the final three minutes, the Raiders pressured LaVoie and Monroe's defense. The Raiders had two free kicks and a corner in the final three minutes alone.

One free kick went off the top of the crossbar.

Perhaps the biggest save of the night for LaVoie, who had plenty, came in the final minute as Kernen sent a cross pass through the box to Viney on the left side.

Viney's shot in traffic nearly surprised LaVoie, but the Monroe goalkeeper was right there, and the kick, from nearly point blank and within 10 feet of the goal, went right off

LaVoie's midsection.

"The team worked really hard. When (Sugar River) did get shots off, I was just there in the way. That's what you've got to do," LaVoie said.

Monroe travels to DeForest for Saturday's Norskie Quad while Sugar River heads off to Wisconsin Heights Monday.

JV suffered their first loss of the year, falling to Sugar River 3-1.  Congrats to Abby Schwenn for scoring the lone Cheesemaker goal!

  April 24th - Deforest Quad

Monroe traveled to Deforest Saturday to first take on the Platteville Hillmen.  Unfortunately the Cheese started out slowly and Platteville

scored three first half goals.  Once they woke up, they ran out of time and lost this opening game 3-2.  Briana Beck scored a goal in the

first half (assisted by Leeza Foley), and Kylee Ritschard scored a goal in the second half (also assisted by Leeza Foley).

In the second game, The Lady Cheesemakers played Oshkosh Nort and won this game 5-3.  In the first half, Kylee scored three goals (the

first one assisted by Tessa Brown, and the last two unassisted).  Score at the half was 3-1 Monroe.  In the second half, Monroe scored

two more.  The first one was on a free kick by Jessica Farrar that was redirected in by Leeza Foley.  The second goal of the half was Kylee

again, assisted by Tessa!

For the day, the Cheesemakers scored 7 goals (great!) but gave up 6 (not so great).  Next game is Tuesday April 27th - Seniors Night. 

Come on out and watch Monroe take on conference foe Ft. Atkinson as we cheer them to another victory!

Studer's super service
Senior moves from defense to midfield, scores 2 minutes in

Adam Krebs

MONROE - The Cheesemakers (6-3-1, 2-1 Badger South) continued their winning ways, knocking off conference foe Fort Atkinson Tuesday, 2-0. It was the team's third

win in the past week.

"I saw a team that went out and really wanted this game. It's a conference game and senior night. They were
 just really fired up," Monroe head

coach Miriam O'Neill said.

Monroe's first goal came moments after the opening kick. Senior Alyssa Studer got into the box and scored off
of an assist from Tessa Brown at the 2

minute, 53 second mark, giving the Cheesemakers the only goal they would need.

"I wasn't really expecting it, but I figured I would just shoot and see if it goes in," Studer said.

Studer has played defense throughout her career until last week when O'Neill switched her to midfield.

"It's different. I really like to pass it around on the ground a lot," Studer said. "I feel like I can be more effective and keep everyone moving."

O'Neill was proud of the way Studer picked up her game and happy she scored.

"One of the reasons we wanted to move Alyssa is that she is such an intelligent soccer player. She always knows where to go
and where to send

the ball," O'Neill said. "She's a really unselfish player. Before the game, I specifically said to her to be selfish in the box. She likes to play this beautiful passing

game - and it looks lovely. I was just so pleased to see her take that shot and score that goal."

Monroe, which dominated the offensive possessions in the game, had several other scoring opportunities in the first half, but came
up short.

Both Kylee Ritschard and Chelsea Haffele narrowly missed on headers inside the box, and Lily Priewe went wide right by about a foot on a quick shot later in the half.

In the second half, Briana Beck had a shot bounce off the left post. Monroe had 17 shots on goal.

"Lily had a great touch in front of the goal. In another game down the road, that will happen again and that will go in. Lily took that touch and
it was

exactly the right thing to do," O'Neill said. "I had to tell (the team) at halftime that they were playing a really nice game. I was sure they were going to score again - they

were quite composed on the field. We had a lot of nice shots."

The Cheesemakers held a 1-0 lead until the final two minutes. Haffele got a pass from Leeza Foley on a breakaway and put the ball in the back
of the

net at the 78:18 mark to give Monroe the two-goal cushion. Goalkeeper Gail LaVoie had six saves.

"We played a really nice possession game. We saw a lot of passing. Tessa Brown was on fire on the right-hand side and sent some beautiful

crosses into the front of the goal," O'Neill said.

O'Neill added that she was pleased with how her seniors stepped up, not only in the game, but to keep the program running on all cylinders.

"I have to mention our seniors. We have 13 seniors and several on our J-V team. Some of those seniors who joined this year had never

played soccer before. We would be lost without them because we have to have a J-V team. I have to give a lot of credit to our seniors," O'Neill said. 


Oregon picks up win, 4-1

By Times staff

OREGON - A short-handed Monroe girls soccer team lost to Oregon 4-1 Thursday.

"I don't think the score indicated how close the game was," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "It was an intense and physical game. It's just one of those things

that didn't go our way. We have a depleted squad."

The Cheesemakers (6-4-1, 2-2 Badger South) were playing with several players battling illness and injuries.

Monroe struck first when junior Kylee Ritschard scored a goal on an assist from Briana Beck at 1 minute, 2 seconds. Beck's cross turned into a goal when Ritschard

scored at the far post.

The Panthers got a golden scoring opportunity when the Cheesemakers were called for a hand ball in the box. Oregon's Jenny Kaderabek scored on a penalty

kick to tie the game at 1 at 15:41. Kaderabek added her second goal at 20:56 to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead at the half.

"I think unfortunately the first two goals Oregon scored were due to unforced errors," O'Neill said. "I think the team as a whole got down after that."

Oregon's Kali Jahn scored two second-half goals.

Monroe senior Alyssa Studer had several shots on goal and just missed scoring after hitting one off the cross bar. Monroe senior goal keeper Gail LaVoie had 15 saves.

The Cheesemakers have played a lot of games with limited numbers, the legs of many players may have just wore down.

"I'm not sure they could have done anything different in the second half," O'Neill said of the Cheesemakers. "Oregon has a really good team. Kali Jahn is a really fast player.

We were certainly beaten by speed in the end."

May 3rd, 2010

Cheesemakers rebound, blank Evansville
By Times staff

MONROE - The Monroe girls soccer team capitalized on a penalty in the first 13 minutes and rolled to a 3-0 win over Evansville Monday.

Evansville was called for a hand ball in the box and Monroe junior Kylee Ritschard scored the first goal on a penalty kick at 12:54.

Later, senior Alyssa Studer scored an unassisted goal at 58:53.

Junior Briana Beck scored off a cross from sophomore Chelsea Haffele in the 66th minute to put the Blue Devils away.

"They had a beautiful switch," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "It was a perfectly set up goal. In the second half we got much more organized and had a lot of

good attacks on the goal."

Senior goalkeeper Gail LaVoie had eight saves. With the win, Monroe improves to 7-4-1, 2-2-1 Badger South.

And the JV won on the adjacent field, 2-1!  Goals were scored by Angie and Dominique! 

5/11/2010 12:47:00 AM  
Spartans dominate MHS, 4-0

By Times staff

MCFARLAND - The Spartans scored three second half goals to knock off Monroe, 4-0 Monday.

Gail LaVoie had 23 saves for the Cheesemakers soccer team, which had just two shots on goal as a.

"Gail had a lot of tremendous saves," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "She had a fantastic game."

McFarland's Jacie Jermier scored the Spartans' first goal at 33 minutes, 20 seconds.

"It was just a real defensive struggle," O'Neill said. "The girls really fought extremely hard. It's really hard to focus all the time when you are

not managing to get out of your own half."

The Spartans also received goals from Julie Donegon, Jenny Ujke and Sarah Stern. With the loss, Monroe drops to 7-6-1, 2-3 Badger South.

"In the second half, I think we were a little worn down," O'Neill said. 


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MHS shuts out two at Parker quad

By Times staff

JANESVILLE - The Monroe girls soccer team pitched two shutouts at the Janesville Parker Quad Monday.

Monroe (11-7-2, 2-4 Badger South) shut out Whitewater, 4-0, and beat Fort Atkinson, 1-0.

The Cheesemakers exploded for four first half goals to beat Whitewater. Monroe freshman Jessica Farrar scored the first goal on an

assist from sophomore Lily Priewe at 19 minutes, 55 seconds.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Gail LaVoie had three saves.

In the second game, the Cheesemakers received a goal from Beck on a pass from Leeza Foley at 33:51.

LaVoie had three saves for the Cheesemakers.


Wednesday, August 19
2009 HS Boys Results
8/19/2009 12:19:00 AM   

Heads up from the start
Aurit’s scoring spree gives Cheese season opening win

Adam Krebs

Monroe’s Jon Elmer (7) goes up for a ball as teammates Blake Antos (24) and Patrick Gellings wait for the ball to come back down in the first half of the Cheesemakers’ 4-2 win over Reedsburg in the 2009 season opener on Tuesday.

MONROE - Extra work often makes for a better reward.

"The guys have been working a lot in the offseason because they are really excited about this season," Monroe boys soccer coach Tony Stamm

said after his team defeated Reedsburg 4-2 in the 2009 season opener. "They want to have a really good year."

Andrew Aurit scored three goals and assisted another to lead the Cheesemakers.

"The guys got me a couple of nice assists that really helped," Aurit said.

Monroe got to work right away, putting plenty of pressure on Reedsburg with a steady mix of breakaways and possession offense.

Seven minutes, eight seconds into the game, Aurit juked out Reedsburg's goalie for the first goal of the season. Nearly nine minutes later, Aurit scored

his second goal of the game.

Monroe carried the 2-0 lead into halftime, and added on to the advantage quickly in the second half.

On a breakaway in the 45th minute, Aurit out maneuvered the goalie again and sent an uncontested pass to Lucas Goetz, who sent the ball cleanly into the goal.

Moments later, in the 48th minute, Reedsburg got off the egg.

In the 56th minute, Monroe goalkeeper Jordan Steurer picked up a shot and launched a punt up field. Aurit picked up the pass and sent a shot

out from the top of the box, passed the goalie and into the net for the score.

Reedsburg scored one more goal before the game ended, but Stamm was pleased with what he saw from his team.

"Our guys did a great job. Especially on defense - they were great tonight," he said.

Aurit, a senior, was pleased with how well his team started the season, but knows that they still have a lot of work to do.

"We did pretty good tonight, although I know we can do better. We just need to control the ball more," Aurit said.

The junior varsity team won 4-1.

Monroe (1-0) travels to Baraboo, Thursday.

Monroe Travels to Baraboo and takes a 1-0 loss


8/26/2009 1:19:00 AM   
Times photo submitted by Duke Goetz Monroe senior Michael Gross scored the game-winning goal in the Cheesemakers’ 2-1 win over Madison Edgewood on Tuesday.

Redemption in victory for Gross
By Times staff

MADISON - Monroe senior Michael Gross will never forget the game against Madison Edgewood last year.

The Cheesemakers lost to the Crusaders and Gross suffered a season-ending injury when he broke his leg.

Fast forward a year, and Gross is back at it again. This year's result was much better for Gross, and the Cheesemakers. Gross scored the game-winning unassisted goal at 61 minutes, 7 seconds to lift the Cheesemakers to a 2-1 win over Madison Edgewood.

"I'm just happy for Mike," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "You could just see it in his face, especially after we lost last year."

Monroe senior Lucas Goetz helped the Cheese-makers get on the board when he scored a goal on an assist from Patrick Gellings at 31:20.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Jordan Steurer had 13 saves for the Cheesemakers.

"He did a great job tonight," Stamm said.

Monroe (2-1, 1-0 Badger South) hosts Mount Horeb at 5 p.m. Thursday.

8/28/2009 12:30:00 AM   
Monroe’s Andrew Aurit, left, heads a ball late in the second half while teammates Matt Bodeau (26) and Matt Bush act as decoys, trying to distract Mount Horeb’s goalkeeper during the Cheesemakers’ 3-2 loss to the Vikings on Thursday.
Monroe’s Matt Bush tussles with a pair of Mount Horeb players during the Cheesemakers’ 3-2 loss on Thursday.
One shot short
Cheesemakers can’t hang on to lead

Adam Krebs

MONROE - Through the rain and mud they played. Unfortunately for the Cheesemakers, rain and mud all too often mean struggling to get a handle on the ball, as was the case in Thursday's 3-2 boys soccer loss to Mount Horeb.

"We always have a little problem with rain," Monroe head coach Tony Stamm said. "I think it would have been a little bit more of an advantage for us if it was a little bit drier out."

Monroe took the lead right away, with senior sharpshooter Andrew Aurit scoring just five minutes, 20 seconds into the game off an assist from junior Kelli Isaj.

The early scoring advantage held up for nearly 17 minutes, until the Vikings scored off a corner kick. Just seven minutes later, Mount Horeb put the Cheesemakers down 2-1.

Moments after the Vikings' second goal, Isaj was given a yellow card for complaining after being knocked down into the mud on a breakaway, forcing Stamm to put his midfielder on the bench.

"He's very motivated. He really wanted (to win) bad," Stamm said. "I think he kind of cooled down and found his composure after we sat him for a little while."

Monroe's frustrations continued as the half continued. With under three minutes to play, Aurit got behind a perfect downfield pass on a breakaway and cleared the defenders, sending the ball past Mount Horeb's goalie. The officials, however, called an offsides penalty, erasing whatever score and momentum the Cheesemakers could have gained.

With just 43 seconds left in the half, Mount Horeb scored another goal as a shot from the corner of the box reached just outside the diving arms of Monroe goalkeeper Jordan Steurer.

In the second half, Monroe had ample chances to net a score, but many went just wide of the posts, or over the crossbar.

"We had a lot of opportunities, we just couldn't finish on them," Stamm said.

Five minutes into the half, Isaj scored on a header off a corner kick by Michael Gross.

Eight minutes later, Aurit got past the goalkeeper on a breakaway, but a shot from the baseline edge of the box couldn't curve into the goal.

With 15:12 left, Isaj sent a shot toward the goal, but missed. The ensuing corner kick also came up empty.

With 13 minutes to play, Aurit was tripped again on a breakaway inside the box by two players. No penalty was called and the ball stayed alive, reaching Isaj's head at the top of the box. The header sent the ball to the crossbar, only to be tipped away at the last second by the Vikings' goalkeeper.

"We played well and had a lot of energy out there," Stamm said. "Mount Horeb is a great team. Our varsity has never beat hem. We've had opportunities both on our field and at their field."

Monroe's junior varsity lost 6-0.

8/31/2009 12:40:00 AM   
Photo for the Times: Duke Goetz

Monroe’s Gabe Hermanson readies for a ball during the Cheesemakers’ 4-0 win at Platteville on Saturday.

Cheesemakers cruise past Platteville
Game sees many firsts, including corner kick goal

By Times staff

PLATTEVILLE - The Cheesemakers' boys soccer team continued its pursuit toward a winning season, knocking off Platteville 4-0, Saturday.

"We had a very balanced attack," Monroe head coach Tony Stamm said.

Monroe scored all four goals in the first half, opening the game up for each varsity player to collect quality minutes on the field.

"Everybody played. They were excited to be out there, and they all played good," Stamm said.

Senior striker Andrew Aurit started the scoring by nailing a shot from outside at the 4 minute, 25 second mark.

In the 18th minute, sophomore Matt Bush scored his first career varsity goal, sending a pass across the box, only to have a defender knock it into the net.

Senior Godi Brandli took a long pass from Kelly Isaj on a breakaway in the 27th minute for Monroe's third goal. The score was Brandli's first of the season.

Mike Gross finished the scoring in the 38th minute by pulling off a rare goal from a corner kick. Gross' bending shot may have been helped a little bit by the wind, according to Stamm.

The game also marked Jordan Steurer's first shutout in goal.

The Cheesemakers (3-2) host Evansville on Tuesday.


9/2/2009 1:17:00 AM   
Monroe exorcises Blue Devils

By Times staff

MONROE - The Monroe Cheesemakers topped the Evansville Blue Devils, 2-0, in boys soccer action Tuesday night.

Lucas Goetz scored at 63 minutes, 13 second in the second period and Kelli Isaj added another goal at 73:14. Senior Andrew Aurit assisted both goals.

"The whole team played well," Cheesemaker coach Tony Stamm said. "Our team was patient. We had opportunities early, but Evansville was good in goal."

The Cheesemakers improve to 4-2-0 on the season and will face Fort Atkinson at home Thursday before participating in the Sauk Prairie Invitational, Saturday.

9/4/2009 12:04:00 AM   
Times photo submitted by Duke Goetz Monroe junior Kelli Isaj scored two goals to propel the Cheesemakers to a 4-1 win over Fort Atkinson on Thursday.
Monroe upends Fort Atkinson
By Times staff

MONROE - Monroe Cheesemaker soccer coach Tony Stamm talked about how pleased he was with his team's defense at the outset of practice.

On Thursday, the Cheesemakers didn't disappoint.

Behind a pair of goals by Andrew Aurit and Kelli Isaj and 13 saves by goalkeeper Jordan Steurer, the Cheesemakers topped Fort Atkinson 4-1 for their third straight win.

"The team is playing very well together," Stamm said.

Aurit opened the scoring with a goal at 4 minutes, 42 seconds, with Jon Elmer on the assist. Aurit scored again at 16:27 to give the Cheesemakers a 2-0 lead.

The Blackhawks closed to within one goal at 2-1 with a score in the 25th minute, but sophomore Matt Bush's pass set up Isaj's goal at 30:48 to give the Cheesemakers a 3-1 lead going into halftime.

In the second half, Stamm said the defense took control.

"It was 3-1 and coming out after half, they (Fort Atkinson) were fired up," said Stamm.

Threatening to draw to within a goal, Steurer turned back the Blackhawks with a great save.

"They had four players in front and he got it out of there with his feet. Then, I only saw black jerseys and he came out of there with the ball."

Isaj's second goal of the game at the 50:14 mark and sealed the win for the Cheesemakers.

Monroe is now 2-0 in the Badger Conference and 5-2 overall. On Saturday, they will participate in the Sauk Prairie Invitational.


Monroe wins Sauk Prairie Invite

By Times staff

PRAIRIE DU SAC - The Monroe boys soccer team extended its winning streak to five games and won the

Sauk Prairie Invitational on Saturday.


The Cheesemakers started the invite with a 5-2 win over West Salem. Monroe senior Andrew Aurit scored

Times photo submitted by Duke Goetz Monroe junior Mitch Marty pushes the ball in a game at the Sauk Prairie Invite on Saturday.
two goals to propel the Cheesemakers to the win.

"We were really on a scoring blitz this week," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said.

Aurit scored the first goal at 24 minutes, 14 seconds. Patrick Gellings scored a goal at 27:10 and junior

Kelli Isaj scored at 38:40 to give the Cheesemakers a 3-0 halftime lead.

Aurit and senior Lucas Goetz scored second half goals to put West Salem away.

Monroe shutout Mosinee 5-0 in the second game. Goetz started the scoring with a goal at 13:00 on an assist by

Matt Bush. Michael Gross, Mitch Marty, Aurit and Isaj each scored goals. Gross had two assists.

9/16/2009 1:22:00 AM   

Defensive miscue dooms Cheesemakers

By Times staff

MONROE - After a first half in which they led 2-0, the Monroe Cheesemakers found the second half to be unkind in a

3-2 loss to Milton on Senior Night, Tuesday.

The Red Hawks scored the go-ahead goal on a free kick after goalkeeper Jordan Steurer appeared to have stopped

Milton with a save on a penalty kick. After Steurer's save, officials ruled that Steurer had stepped over the line while

kicking the ball out. Milton's Joel Addie was awarded a free kick and converted the goal, which proved to be the

game-winner, with 7 minutes, 52 seconds remaining.

Photo for the Times: Duke Goetz Monroe goalkeeper Jordan Steurer makes a leaping save during Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Milton.

Monroe took a 2-0 lead in the first half on junior Godi Brandli's goal at 22:44 and Andrew Aurit's long shot from the

right side that was perfectly placed into the left side of the net at 29:59.

In the second half, Addie scored an unassisted goal in the 45th minute.

Then the misfortunes began for the Cheesemakers, giving up an own goal on a clearing pass that went into the net

at 61:53, tying the score at 2-2.

"We had quite a few opportunities, but we just couldn't put it into the net," said Monroe head coach Tony Stamm.

The Cheesemakers fell to 2-2 in the Badger South and 7-4 overall. They will host Dodgeville Saturday at 11 a.m.

9/21/2009 12:13:00 AM 

Late goal puts Cheese on top of Dodgers, 2-1

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - Following up shots on goal was a point of emphasis for Monroe last week.

The Cheesemakers took the message to heart. Senior Andrew Aurit followed up Kelli Isaj's shot off the Dodgeville-Mineral Point

goalkeeper and punched in the game-winning goal at 77 minutes, 12 seconds to beat the Dodgers 2-1, Saturday.

"Last week our problem was not following up our shots," Aurit said. "I think we controlled the game. We just couldn't finish our

shots. I think we outplayed them. They are a good team."

Monroe (8-4, 2-2 Badger South) dominated the play in the first half against Dodgeville, which was a Division 2 state qualifier last year.

Aurit just missed a goal as his shot ricocheted off the near post. Monroe senior Lucas Goetz got the rebound and was there to

clean up for the Cheesemakers' first goal at 11:17.

Goetz said once he saw Aurit attacking the goal, he wanted to follow it up in case the ball bounced away or got by the keeper.

"As soon as I kicked it, I knew it was going in," Goetz said. "I just hoped I didn't kick it right at the goalie."

Dodgeville's Ethan Nelson scored a game-tying goal on a pass from Andy Sorenson at 19:52. Despite peppering the goal with

shots in the first half, the game was tied at 1-1 going into half time.

"It feels good to get the win," Goetz said. "It will give us a boost for the next conference game. I wish we could have got more (goals) in."

Monroe coach Tony Stamm knows the win over Dodgeville could have playoff implications come later in the season.

"It was really uplifting for the team to get the win instead of the tie," Stamm said. "It mattered to see how we are comparing to

the rest of the teams in Division 2."

Stamm said the focus in practice of keeping passes on the ground showed improvement against Dodgeville.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Jordan Steurer had 11 saves for the Cheesemakers.

"He has just been fantastic this year," Stamm said.

Stamm likes the way Steurer has bounced back after giving up a free kick goal in a 3-2 loss to Milton.

"He was able to let that go and not let that affect his game," Stamm said.

Monroe plays at Stoughton, Tuesday and will host Sugar River, Thursday.


9/23/2009 12:55:00 AM 


Monroe tops Stoughton for first time in school history

By Times staff

STOUGHTON - In the six-year history of the Monroe High School soccer program, the Cheesemakers have never experienced a win over Stoughton.

That changed Tuesday as the Cheesemakers defeated the Vikings 3-0 in Badger South Conference action.

Senior Andrew Aurit scored a goal and added an assist and senior goalkeeper Jordan Steurer made 18 saves to lead the Cheesemakers.

Junior Kelli Isaj gave Monroe a 1-0 lead by taking a pass from Aurit and scoring a goal at 29 minutes, 13 seconds.

During the first half, junior right defenseman Sam Keizer was injured and did not return. Junior Matt Bodeau filled in for Kizer and helped

shut down the Vikings the rest of the way.

In the second half, Aurit made a great move around the goalie and scored an unassisted goal in the 48th minute.

Senior Godi Brandli scored an unassisted goal at 70 minutes, 26 seconds to close out the scoring for the Cheesemakers.

"We've been passing much better as a team and it's paying off," said Tony Stamm, Monroe head coach.

Next for the Cheesemakers is the Sugar River Raiders at home, Thursday, in non-conference action.

9/25/2009 12:35:00 AM   

Cheese trip up Raiders
Monroe’s 2 first-half goals lead to win in physical rivalry game

Adam Krebs

MONROE - Every year, Green County's two soccer teams, Monroe and Sugar River, play a physical rivalry game. Often,

it seems, it's the Raiders that come out on top.


Times photo: Adam Krebs Monroe striker Andrew Aurit’s shot is kicked away by Sugar River goalkeeper Eric Liegel in the second half of the Cheesemakers’ 2-1 win on Thursday. Aurit moved around Raiders’ defender Brandon Jones (10) on a breakaway, only to have Liegel earn one of his 11 saves.
Times photo: Adam Krebs Monroe’s Andrew Aurit (12) gets a bump from Sugar River’s Brendan Pittman (4) while jossling for the ball in the second half of Thursday’s game.

Thursday afternoon, it was Monroe's turn, as the Cheesemakers used two first half goals to upend their

Highway 69 rival.

"(Sugar River) came out and really wanted to beat us. They almost always win," Monroe head coach

Tony Stamm said. "But this will be great when it comes to seeding because they are in the same division

as we are."

The game started slow, with neither team controlling the ball in position for more than a few seconds.

Midway through the first, that all changed as Monroe's Kelli Isaj got in the middle of the box and sent a shot

passed Raiders goalkeeper Eric Liegel to put the Cheesemakers up 1-0, 20 minutes, 6 seconds into the game.

"We were playing hard, placed the ball and then scored," Isaj said.

Just four minutes later, at 24:23, Michael Gross dribbled through Sugar River's defense, sending a pass to Godi

Brandli, who sent the one-timer into the net.

"(Sugar River) knows our team quite well, and they knew we like to score on the deep ball, which is what we

normally go for," Stamm said. "But we have been working on our passing and dribbling through the defense,

and we took advantage of that."

Both teams missed numerous opportunities to score again before the end of the half. However, with the two

goals on the board, Cheesemaker goalie Jordan Steurer felt comfortable having a two-goal lead with 40 minutes

to play.

"It was great to have those two insurance goals. (Sugar River is) a great team," said Steurer, who had nine saves.

"It's great to know that your team is ahead and taking it to them."

Sugar River had to figure out a way to score.

"In the second half, the boys remembered not to think to hard and to win the battle of the ball," Raiders head coach

Matt Belknap said. "I have total confidence in this team to be able to beat any team in the area."

Just moments into the second half, Raiders junior Jon Fox took a pass from Otto Kienitz and put a shot passed the

reach of Steurer, putting Sugar River on the board.

"Jon Fox is a great player and it's hard to stop the ball when he has it," Steurer said.

Just as the Raiders picked up the momentum, the physicality of the game picked up. First, Isaj went down with

an injury in the 52nd minute. Less than two minutes later, Fox went down.

"It was aggravating. I wanted to go in really bad, but I couldn't," Fox said.

Fox, who injured his knee, was shelved for the rest of the game.

"Having Jon out in the second half just gave us a chance to show what kind of a team we have. Some of our reserve

players played he best half of their lives," Belknap said.

Despite the injury to Fox, the Raiders play picked up, and the physical play of the game - bumping, shoving, hard

slides - picked up. In the scrum of it all, Monroe reverted back to its deep ball offense. Either the Cheesemakers

would be called for an offsides or Liegel would make a spectacular save facing one-on-one from striker Andrew

Aurit, Lucas Goetz or Isaj.

"I was trying to not let them make a move on me and hope for the best," said Liegel, who had 11 saves.

A year after losing, 1-0, Monroe finally had its win, and county bragging rights.

"(Sugar River is) a well coached and competitive team. Things got physical once again," Stamm said.


9/28/2009 12:01:00 AM 


Monroe wins one, loses one at DeForest Quad

Times staff

DEFOREST - The Cheesemaker soccer team finished the DeForest Quad with a 1-1 record Saturday, losing to

Sheboygan South, 2-1, and beating the host Norskies, 4-0.

In the opener, Mike Gross scored Monroe's only goal at 70 minutes, 43 seconds. However, Sheboygan South

had scored its two goals in the 59th and 66th minutes.

"I was very pleased with our players' effort against such a hard team," Monroe head coach Tony Stamm

said. "Sheboygan held the ball most of the game.

"We had some opportunities throughout the game, but couldn't get anything into the net."

Against DeForest, Monroe dominated from the start.

Junior Matt Bodeau scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Andrew Aurit, at the 16:28 mark.

In the second half, the Cheese-makers got on the board right away, as Gross knocked in a penalty kick

in the 43rd minute.

Godi Brandli scored in the 65th minute, assisted by Gross. Kelli Isaj capped off the scoring, knocking in a

pass from Brandli in the 72nd minute.

"We played very good, very tough," Stamm said.

9/30/2009 12:46:00 AM   
Cheese blank Eagles, 2-0

By Times staff

MONROE - The 2009 season has been a season of firsts for the Monroe Cheesemakers.

Photo for the Times: Duke Goetz Godi Brandli kicks a ball just beyond the head of Monona Grove’s goalkeeper during Monroe’s first ever win over the Silver Eagles on Tuesday, 2-0.

Monroe picked up its first-ever wins over Fort Atkinson and Stoughton earlier this season. On Tuesday, in the team's final conference game, the Cheesemakers came up with their first-ever win over Monona Grove by downing the Silver Eagles, 2-0.

With the win, the Cheesemakers secured second place in the Badger South.

Senior Michael Gross scored at 23 minutes, 46 seconds, on an assist from junior Kelli Isaj to give the Cheesemakers a 1-0 lead in the first half. In the second half, Isaj scored an unassisted goal at 63 minutes, 5 seconds.

"We're peaking at the right time," said Tony Stamm, Monroe head coach. "Monona Grove was playing a very defensive game and keeping five or six guys back."

Stamm was also very pleased with the play of senior goalkeeper Jordan Steurer, who had 11 saves.

"He has been having an excellent year. It's a nice way to end a senior's career," he said.

Monroe is now 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the Badger South. They will travel to Sauk Prairie for a non-conference game Monday before competing in the Badger Challenge on Thursday, Oct. 8.


10/6/2009 12:46:00 AM 


Instant offense lifts Cheesemakers
Aurit’s two goals spark Monroe, Goetz scores game-winner vs. Eagles

By Times staff

PRAIRIE DU SAC - Monroe senior Andrew Aurit scored two goals to help propel the Cheesemakers to a 3-2 Badger

 Conference crossover win over Sauk Prairie Monday night.

Monroe (13-5, 4-2 Badger South) exploded for three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Aurit scored his first goal 55 seconds into the game and added his second goal at 1 minute, 26 seconds.

"We came out on fire to start the game," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said.

Monroe senior Lucas Goetz scored what proved to be the winning-goal at 9:53, which at the time gave the

 Cheesemakers a 3-0 lead.

The Eagles came back and scored two second half goals.

"I thought our team felt too overconfident because it came too easily and quickly for us," Stamm said.

Monroe senior Jordan Steurer had 15 saves.

"That is way too many shots," Stamm said. "We should have not allowed that many shots on goal."

Stamm said it's the first time Monroe has beat Sauk Prairie.

10/14/2009 1:22:00 AM   

Shootout at sundown
Cheese win playoff opener that goes beyond double OT

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - Monroe senior Michael Gross ran down the soccer field and was mobbed by teammates after scoring the

clinching goal to lift the Cheesemakers to a thrilling comeback 4-2 shootout win over Cambridge-Deerfield in the

WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal, Tuesday.

"I asked the ref, 'When I score do we win?'" Gross said as the sun was setting. "He said, 'if you score.' I was

confident I would score."

Monroe (14-6) came back from a 3-1 deficit Tuesday at Honey Creek Park with a spark from secret weapon Esteban

Guerrero, who scored two second-half goals.

Guerrero scored his first goal on an assist from senior Andrew Aurit at 60 minutes, 56 seconds. He added his

second goal less than three minutes later.

"That was great for him to get in there and get some touches," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "He gave everyone

a spark. That's what we needed. We needed that goal to get the guys excited."

After 100 minutes of soccer and the game tied at 3, a shootout was in store. Monroe received shootout goals from

senior Jon Elmer, senior defender Patrick Gellings, junior Kelli Isaj and Gross.

Monroe senior goalkeeper Jordan Steurer, who had 16 saves, helped the Cheesemakers dodge a bullet in the

shootout by making a diving save on Cambridge-Deerfield senior Sean O'Connor's kick to preserve a 2-1 edge in the


"Jordan Steurer did a good job with that one," Stamm said. "That (Gross' goal) helped sealed the win for us. Our

guys had so much pressure on them and they kept putting the ball low and in the corner."

Steurer was called twice for breaking the keeper's line before Cambridge-Deerfield players touched the ball in the

shootout and officials awarded the Blue Jays two additional kicks, but one was hammered off the post. The Blue

Jays also had a kick go wide right in the shootout.

"I was so nervous the first one scored," Steurer said. "Then they came back and missed and I got my hopes up. On

a PK you have to look at which way their body is moving. You have to watch their eyes and see which way they will

go. Our shooters just came in and dominated. It's a great feeling."

In the first half a goal by Aurit was wiped out due to an offsides penalty, and the Cheesemakers knocked in a goal

for the Blue Jays.

The Blue Jays had three shots on goal in the first three minutes and broke through when senior Anthony Tubbs

scored at 5:56.

Gross answered by booming a high indirect kick that went off the Cambridge-Deerfield goalkeeper Zach Smith's

finger tips to tie the game at 1 at 19:43.

Cambridge-Deerfield junior Austin Haag scored a header goal just over Steurer to give the Blue Jays a 3-1 first half

lead. The Cheesemakers escaped a second-half scare when the Blue Jays scored what appeared to be their fourth

goal, but it was negated due to an offsides penalty.

"We were not expecting so much speed from them," Stamm said. "We had to play guys tight instead of spaced


The Cheesemakers had some golden scoring opportunities at the start of the overtime when Aurit drove down the

field and dished a pass to senior Lucas Goetz, who just missed scoring on a header. Isaj also had several

opportunities in the box, but the Blue Jays turned the Cheesemakers away.

Monroe will play No. 2 seed McFarland in Madison Thursday.

"We had to come out in the second half and have some desire to win," Stamm said. "It's our first playoff win and we

took it right down to the end."

Thursday, May 14
2009 Lady Cheesemakers


The Freshman


The Sophomores


The Juniors


The Seniors

Times photo: Adam Krebs Monroe sophomore Abbey Schneider looks to turn the corner against McFarland in the Cheesemakers’ 2-1 loss to the Spartans in the WIAA Division 2 regional championship game Saturday at Breese Stevens Field in Madison.
Times photo: Adam Krebs Monroe senior Catie Eiserman is hugged by freshman Chelsea Haffele after Eiserman scored the Cheese’s lone goal in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to McFarland.
McFarland outlasts Monroe
Spartans’ endurance, depth the difference

Adam Krebs

MADISON - Monroe's storied season ended Saturday as the Cheesemakers (14-6-3) left it all on the field at Breese Stevens Stadium, losing 2-1 to McFarland (20-4) in the second round of the WIAA Division 2 girls soccer playoffs.

"We played a fantastic game - probably our best game of the season," head coach Miriam O'Neill said. "Everyone gave it everything they had. To stay with a team like McFarland, who has such skill and depth, is something to be proud of."

The Spartans maintained control of the ball for much of the first half. However, the Cheesemakers persevered on defense, holding McFarland scoreless with some great teamwork in the box by sweeper Alyssa Studer, defender Pam Lehman and goalkeeper Gail LaVoie.

Just one minute, 40 seconds into the game, McFarland had a breakaway at the net and blooped the ball over a charging LaVoie. Studer flew in from the outside and kicked the ball out of harms way just feet in front of the net.

LaVoie redeemed herself in what may have been the best game of her career with the Cheesemakers. At the 23:45 mark, with bodies in front of her, she made a save but dropped the ball, only to re-save it on the ground as a Spartan came sliding in feet first.

At the 30:40 mark, she got the best of another Spartan during a 1-on-1 breakaway. In all, LaVoie made 12 saves throughout the contest, including corner kicks, free kicks and breakaways.

As both teams went into the break, Monroe's determination seemed to have McFarland on edge despite the Spartans superior depth and skill.

"Everyone went out there today thinking 'We are good enough' and 'We can do this.' We wanted to be competitive and stay with them. Every single player did that," O'Neill said.

In the second half, Monroe struck first. At the 49:40 mark, two McFarland defenders collided just past midfield, and the Cheesemakers had a 2-on-2 advantage on a breakaway with freshman Chelsea Haffele and senior Catie Eiserman. Haffele dribbled through Spartan territory and sent a pass to Eiserman across the field at the top right of the box. Eiserman's one-timer looped up and over McFarland goalie Kristi Fritsch.

McFarland's Sarah Stern scored just four minutes later, penetrating through the box and past defenders before sending a shot out of the reach of LaVoie.

"Gail had a great game. But playing against players like Sarah Stern and Jacie Jermier who have scored at least 29 goals is tough. And yet, Gail was making save after save after save from these spectacular strikers," O'Neill said. Stern has scored 33 goals this season, and Jermier has 30.

In the 66th minute, McFarland's Emily Stocks scored off of a corner kick. The goal was a back-breaker for Monroe, physically and mentally.

"I think it kind of took the wind out of the sails. We don't have their depth where late in the game we can sub and have the same skilled player. We were getting tired. We had to work that much harder because McFarland is such a strong team," O'Neill said.

Monroe had two last chances at a score in the final minute, but each attempt came up short with little pressure on the net.

Despite the loss, O'Neill is proud of the way her team grew this season. Her seniors - Eiserman, Lehman, Niamh O'Neill-Culhane, Kalyn Kundert, Abby Hlubek and Erin Solawetz - have been with the program and suffered through years of getting defeated by eight, nine, or even 10 goals. That drive to come back paid off this season, as Monroe set a program record with 14 wins and being named in state rankings.

"They have been so committed to this team, that I am really honored to have them and their determination," O'Neill said. "They never miss practice, they never want a breather, they never give up - their drive and determination won games."

Next season, Monroe has a large potion of its team returning, including Haffele and sophomore Kylee Ritschard - the Cheesemakers' top strikers. Ritschard led the team with 18 goals this season.

"Chelsea and Kylee did an outstanding job this year. They are just going to get stronger over the next few years."

5/28/2009 11:46:00 PM   

Ritschard kick-starts win

Mark Nesbitt

MONROE - Monroe sophomore Kylee Ritschard knows what it's like to play with big expectations as the favorite.

Ritschard played on the state-qualifying girls basketball team. Now she's trying to replicate that success on the

soccer field. The Monroe girls soccer team made the most of playing the favorite Thursday in a WIAA Division regional


Ritschard scored two goals to propel Monroe to a 2-0 win over Cambridge-Deerfield in the first regional game the

Cheesemakers have hosted.  "We know what it was like last year," Ritschard said after the Cheesemakers lost in

the second round to Sugar River. "We loved it last year. Now we know what it's like to play a second game."

Monroe, (14-5-3), which has received honorable mention recognition in the latest Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association

Division 2 state poll, next plays Saturday at McFarland - an 11-0 winner Thursday over Lakeside Lutheran.

"Everyone wants to get further," Ritschard said. "To get further would be a cherry on top."

Cambridge-Deerfield had three shots on goal in the first 14 minutes. The Blue Jays contained the Cheesemakers' offense

for the first 29 minutes. That wouldn't last long, as Ritschard made a one-on-one move past Cambridge-Deerfield senior

midfielder Lauren Sewell and snuck in a goal to the near post at the 30-minute mark. In a win-or-go-home playoff scenario,

Ritschard knew the Blue Jays wouldn't just roll over.

"This could have been their last game," Ritschard said. "They were pushing really hard. They were working a lot harder.

They made us have a run for our money."

Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill knows hosting the program's first regional game brought some nervous energy.

"Before the game, I told them not to underestimate them (Cambridge-Deerfield)," O'Neill said. "The first 15 minutes were a

little scary. I think they were a little excited and jittery. Kylee scored that goal and everyone said, 'OK, we can stay on top of this

now.' After that they settled down."
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Monroe sophomore Kylee Ritschard tries to punch in a goal past the Cambridge-Deerfield goalkeeper in the Cheesemakers’ 2-0 win in the WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal on Thursday.
Times photo: Mark Nesbitt Monroe freshman Molly Hlubek looks to get past Cambridge-Deerfield’s KT Higgins in the Cheesemakers’ 2-0 win Thursday at Honey Creek Park.

Ritschard scored her second goal at 43:30 on a through-ball pass by senior Catie Eiserman to give the Cheesemakers

a 2-0 lead.  "Catie had a perfect pass and just gave me a wide open goal," Ritschard said. "Thanks to Catie. That was all

Catie."  The Cheesemakers' defense clamped down and held the Blue Jays without a shot on goal in the second half.

Monroe junior goalkeeper Gail LaVoie had six saves and sweeper Alyssa Studer helped shut down the Blue Jays' attack.

"Alyssa is a great player," O'Neill said. "She communicates really well. She's a very talented player."

5/26/2009 12:28:00 AM   

SOCCER:: Cheesemakers top Blue Devils
Team prepares for playoff opener on Thursday at home

Times staff

EVANSVILLE - The Cheesemakers knocked off the Blue Devils 2-0 Saturday to finish the regular season with a

13-5-3 overall record - tied with Madison Edgewood for the most wins of any Badger South team.  Freshman Chelsea

Haffele scored on a pass from sophomore Kylee Ritschard at the 34 minute, 16 second mark in the first half. The two

reversed rolls in the 55th minute. 
"Kylee and Chelsea are really figuring out how to work together," head coach Miriam O'Neill said. "Chelsea is making great

runs and decisions lately, and Kylee really has the instinct to score. She is still the top scorer in the Badger South."

Gail LaVoie had four saves in goal for the Cheesemakers.

"We were pretty confident going out, and we controlled the game both halves. And we were able to play everybody," O'Neill said.

Monroe, getting the No. 3 seed in its regional, will host Cambridge-Deerfield in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs

on Thursday.  "This is the first time we as a program have ever been a top seed and hosted a game in the playoffs," O'Neill said.

Monroe looks to be the stronger team, and should the Cheesemakers win, they would likely travel to McFarland in the second

round.   McFarland was given the No. 2 seed and Madison Edgewood No. 1. Monroe has a chance to play Sugar River in the

regional final should the Raiders get past Evansville in the first round and Edgewood in the second.

Monroe and Sugar River are each getting votes in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association poll, while Edgewood and

McFarland are ranked No. 2 and 3.



Cheesemakers stymie Blue Devils
Monroe’s defense clamps down on Lodi in 1-0 shutout

By Times staff

Times photo: Brenda Steurer Monroe senior Abby Hlubek fights for a ball against Lodi in the Cheesemakers' 1-0 win on Monday.

MONROE - The Monroe girls soccer team needed just a single goal Monday to waltz past Lodi.

Senior Pam Lehman scored at the 25-minute, 45-second mark in the first period to score the 1-0 win.

"Pam usually plays good defense, but she took charge and asserted herself and took a great shot," Monroe

head coach Miriam O'Neill said.

Monroe dominated the match, taking advantage of heavy winds to pound more than 20 shots while

playing brick wall defense and holding

Lodi to just three shots on goal.

"For some reason, we just couldn't get the ball into the back of the net," O'Neill said.

With the way the defense played, O'Neill wasn't terribly upset.

"We played great defense and didn' allow them to really do anything," she said. "Alyssa Studer, our sweeper,

plays well every game and played very well again tonight."

Monroe's record (12-5-3) has improved, as has the team's play.

"We have had a strong season so far. It's been a tough schedule and we've played more games than ever before,"

O'Neill said.  Monroe will finish the regular season with a game at Evansville on May 23.



5/18/2009 12:05:00 AM 

Monroe up to the Challenge

By Times staff

WAUNAKEE - The Monroe girls soccer team has now beat three of the top four teams in the Badger North.

Monroe won both games at the Badger Challenge on Saturday. Monroe sophomore Abbey Schneider had three assists and one goal to help spark the Cheesemakers to a 2-1 win over DeForest and a 3-1 win over Mount Horeb.

"I think they just went out there with not very much intensity in the first game," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "I think after that, they stepped up."

Monroe (11-5-3, 2-3-1 Badger South) got a goal from Schneider at 41 minutes, 2 seconds against DeForest. Freshman Chelsea Haffele scored a goal on an assist from Schneider at 52:50 for the game-winning goal.

Monroe junior goalkeeper Gail LaVoie had five saves.

The challenge matches corresponding finishers from each division of the Badger Conference.

In the second game against the Vikings, senior Erin Solawetz scored a goal at 5:15 to give the Cheesemakers an early lead. Fellow senior Catie Eiserman scored a goal on an assist from Schneider and Kylee Ritschard added a goal off a penalty kick.

LaVoie had five saves for the Cheesemakers.

"I think they are getting more confidence in their game against the good teams," O'Neill said.
5/13/2009 12:49:00 AM 

AREA SOCCER:: Monroe, Sugar River win

Times staff

PRAIRIE DU SAC - The Monroe girls soccer team upended Sauk Prairie, 2-1, Tuesday night in a Badger Conference crossover game.

Melissa Lehman scored at the nine minute, 30 second mark in the first half, and Kirstie Hinojosa made it 2-0 Monroe in the 24th minute.

The Eagles got their only goal in the 59th minute.

Niamh O'Neill-Culhane had five saves for the Cheesemakers. Monroe had 12 shots on goal.


5/11/2009 12:41:00 AM 


Rare goal, high-powered offense lead to Quad sweep

Times staff

WHITEWATER - The Cheesemakers won both girls soccer games at the Whitewater Quad on Friday, May 8 in superb fashion.

Monroe topped Fort Atkinson, 4-1, in the first game before upending Whitewater in the second, 3-0.

Catie Eiserman scored two goals in the first game, the first in the 17th minute, and the second, which was Monroe's final goal, in the 56th minute.

Kylee Ritschard scored in the 42nd minute off an Eiserman pass.

Erin Solawetz added Monroe's third goal in the 46th minute with an unassisted corner kick for a score.

"That never happens except in professional games. It was really neat to see," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said of the curved kick-in goal.

Abbey Schneider and Tessa Brown each had assists for the Cheesemakers. Fort Atkinson's goal came only after trailing 4-0.

"The first game took quite a while for us to get started, but in the second half we fired up," O'Neill said.

In the second game, Ritschard scored in the 19th minute off a pass from Chrissy Marti. The two reversed places in the 22nd minute to give

Monroe a 2-0 lead. Schneider scored Monroe's third goal after a pass from Marty.

"It was a nice game by Chrissy. It's nice to see someone else step up and play well," O'Neill said.

Ritschard moved into first place in the conference scoring list with her three points on the day.

"Right now she's the top scorer in the Badger South. That's the first time we've had someone do that in Monroe," O'Neill said. Monroe

has had a program for six years.


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Senior Erin Solawetz races new the goal against a McFarland defender.
No. 3 Spartans halt win streak

Times staff

MONROE - The Monroe girls soccer team couldn't upset one of the state's top teams Tuesday, as McFarland shut out the Cheesemakers, 3-0.

McFarland sophomore midfielder Jacie Jermier scored two goals to propel the Spartans, who are ranked No. 3 in the state.

McFarland sophomore midfielder Jennifer Ujke scored the Spartans' first goal on an assist from Sara Stern at 4 minutes, 56 seconds.

"I think they got a little down on themselves when they (McFarland) scored in the first five minutes," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said.

"There are only so many games you can play at your top. We have played at the top for a number of games now. I think McFarland was the stronger team tonight."

Monroe (6-5-3, 2-2-1 Badger South) has won or tied six of its past eight games.

The Cheesemakers couldn't solve the Spartans' defense. O'Neill said McFarland's Ashley Alonso is an All-State defender who is tough to get around.

Jermier, who has scored 20 goals, scored her first Tuesday on an assist from Kerry Zimdars at 48:16 to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead. She scored her second goal on an assist from Emily Stocks at 76:21 to put the game away.

Monroe junior goalkeeper Gail LaVoie had 11 saves to lead the Cheesemakers.

"McFarland has a very strong team," O'Neill said. "They have some really strong strikers on their team."



5/2/2009 12:01:00 AM 


Cheesemakers blank Vikings

Adam Krebs

MONROE - Things just keep looking better and better this spring for the Cheesemakers girls soccer team.

After picking up its first conference win of the year Thursday at Fort Atkinson to get its overall record above .500,

Monroe blanked Stoughton 4-0 at home Friday.

"That was a nice game and a nice win - we've never beaten Stoughton before," coach Miriam O'Neill said.

"It's really coming together for us."

The Cheese struck gold right away, as sophomore Kylee Ritschard scored just 1 minute, 57 seconds into the

game off an assist by senior Erin Solawetz.

"That was really a nice assist from Erin to Kylee. And scoring a goal that early, it was really nice," O'Neill said.

The score was just the first of three in the first half.

"We had the advantage of the wind in the first half and we used it," O'Neill said.

Times photo: Adam Krebs Monroe's Chrissy Marti gets tangled up with Stoughton's McKenzie Robinson while charging up the field in the second half of the Cheesemakers' 4-0 win over the Vikings on Friday.
Monroe's Catie Eiserman looks for an open teammate in the second half of the Cheesemakers' 4-0 win.

Monroe has faced several challenges as the season has progressed. An early double-overtime tie to conference power

Oregon set the tone. Since then, Monroe has lost a few games by a single goal to tough opponents - namely Milton and

Monona Grove - and by two to Madison Edgewood.

"We really spread the ball well. We passed very well and we held possession most of the night," O'Neill said. "The girls

are really learning to play with each other a lot better - knowing where to put the ball and where the others are going to run.

"And our throw-ins from Sierra (Neuenschwander) have been great and can really be a factor in a game like this."

Monroe's confidence grew throughout Friday's game. The Cheesemakers' defense allowed just five shots on goal, and

goalkeeper Gail LaVoie stopped each one - including a dandy in the final five minutes to preserve the shutout.

"She had some nice saves today. She's doing a really good job for us in there," O'Neill said. "I always tell them that one

good save, one good play - then it's a good game."

Monroe spread the ball around the field throughout the game, and continued to attack the Vikings from all sides.

"We're doing a really nice job of overlapping each other. Our midfielders are covering our forwards and we're staying outside

keeping our position and a really nice shape on the field. You can see their game improving."

Freshman Chelsea Haffele scored the second goal off a pass from Kirstie Hinojosa. Ritschard scored again, unassisted,

just before halftime.

In the second half, Catie Eiserman got into the action. Ritschard took a pass from her left side and in a tussle plopped the ball

just beyond Stoughton goalie Carly Meuer. As Meuer and other defenders watched to see if the ball would trickle past the goal line,

Eiserman gave the checkered sphere one last tap for the score in the 42nd minute.  "It has to go all the way across the line," O'Neill said.

With the win, Monroe improves to 6-3-3 overall and 2-3-1 in conference. The Cheesemakers are 5-1-1 in their past seven games.

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Cheese pick up first conference win vs. Fort

Times staff

FORT ATKINSON - The Cheesemakers' girls soccer team got off to a hot start Thursday and picked up its first Badger South victory of the year with a 4-0 win over Fort Atkinson.

"I think the girls are very proud of this game," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said.

Chelsea Haffele scored 7 minutes, 10 seconds into the game, and Monroe rode the momentum from there.

"That first goal by Chelsea right away got everyone fired up for the rest of the game," O'Neill said.

Kylee Ritschard scored in the 30th minute to give the Cheesemakers (5-3-3) a 2-0 lead headed into halftime. Ritschard scored again in the 55th minute and Catie Eiserman added the final goal in the 69th minute to sweeten the win.

"Abby Schneider had an absolutely spectacular game. She and the forwards really moved the ball up the field well," O'Neill said.

Gail LaVoie had five saves in goal.
4/29/2009 1:03:00 AM   

Cheese lose in OT to Milton; Raiders win
MILTON - An early overtime goal by the Red Hawks' Amber Davis was the only score of the game.

"It was a long free kick, and (Davis) hit a header in right in front of the goal," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said.

"That's a very tough shot for a goalie to guard."

Gail LaVoie had nine saves throughout the game for Monroe, but Milton put a shot into the back of the net just 34

seconds into the extra frame to steal a conference win.

"Gail played a great game and had some really nice saves," O'Neill said.

Monroe (4-3-3) had trouble adjusting to Milton's speed and physical play. However, O'Neill said that in the second

half the Cheesemakers stepped up their game.


4/25/2009 12:10:00 AM 


Great cause, great finish
A final flurry of goals leads to tie match

Adam Krebs

BELLEVILLE - "Go Pink Night" Friday probably couldn't have finished any better for the Sugar River and Monroe girls

(4-2-3, 0-2-1 Badger South) soccer teams.

Spending more than a month getting donations to fight cancer locally, coupled with the area youth soccer teams being

presented at halftime and a large crowd, the 3-3 tie couldn't have ended any better.
Sugar River’s Katie Viney (pink, No. 20) and Hannah Kernen attempt one final header at the Cheesemakers’ goal Friday in Belleville. Monroe’s defenders Abbey Schneider, Pam Lehman and Alyssa Studer (left to right, in green) halt the last score as time expired in the 3-3 tie on “Go Pink Night.”

"The cause was great, the sportsmanship was great, and the girls all played a great game," said Sugar River coach John Ziperski.

With the Raiders leading 2-1 with less than six minutes to play, Monroe, decked out in bright green T-shirt jerseys, scored two goals

and Sugar River - dressed in bright pink attire - added another in what seemed to be a heightened sense of exuberance throughout

the stadium.  "That

Wednesday, August 27
Fall 2008 MHS Boys Soccer

2008 Boys Soccer Results

August 26th at Wisconsin Dells

  - JV Game.  Under new coach Justin Dworak, the JV Squad took to the field and dominated both halves of this game and won 5-0. 
While their play could have been even better, the game one result brought smiles to all their faces.
  - Varsity Game.  Mark Nesbitt

WISCONSIN DELLS - The offensive fireworks started early for the Monroe boys soccer team.

The Cheesemakers exploded for six first-half goals en route to an 8-0 win over Wisconsin Dells in their season opener Tuesday.

"I have really been expecting that against this team," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said of the offensive breakout against a Chiefs' program that is younger
than the Cheesemakers'.   Monroe junior Michael Gross led the Cheesemakers, scoring two goals and adding three assists.

"He (Gross) always makes goals happen," Stamm said. "Usually, he is always the helper. It was good to have him score tonight."

Gross wasn't the only playmaker, as junior Andrew Aurit and senior Brandon Wilson each scored two goals.  
Aurit notched the season's first goal
just 34 seconds into the game on an assist by Gross.

Wilson scored eight minutes into the game on an assist by junior Jon Elmer. Gross scored the first of his two goals in the 16th minute on an assist
from Aurit to give the Cheesemakers a 3-0 lead.

Monroe sophomore Kelmend Isaj added a goal off an assist by Dylan Blum to give the Cheesemakers an insurmountable 4-0 lead.

In the final seven minutes before the half, Wilson and Aurit each scored off Gross assists.

Monroe junior Patrick Gellings scored 17 minutes into the second half.

The Cheesemakers will host Sauk Prairie at 5 p.m. Thursday at Honey Creek Park. The Eagles have won three straight Division 1 WIAA regional
tournament titles and finished second in the Badger North Conference behind Waunakee last year.

"It will be a really good test for us," Stamm said. "Last year they took advantage of us. We are looking forward to playing them."

August 28th home Sauk Prairie 

  - JV Game.  The JV boys came out and played solid defense, especially in the first half as Sauk Prairie came at them with full force. 
Monroe scored first to take a 1-0 lead on a nice counter attack.  Sauk tied the game up just before half at 1-1.  While there were
opportunities in the second half, neither team could score the tie breaking goal.
  - Varsity Game.  MONROE - Instead of pushing Thursday, Monroe's boys soccer team ended up chasing Sauk Prairie's forwards and midfielders
in its home opener.

Sauk Prairie (2-0) scored three first-half goals to propel the Eagles to a 4-0 win Thursday night at a steamy and sticky Honey Creek Park.

Monroe senior Brandon Wilson knew the Cheesemakers would face a test, but he expected to push the Eagles after a 2-1 loss last year.

"Our defense looked a little dead in the legs," Wilson said. "Their forwards looked a step faster all night. It showed in the score. It didn't feel like
everyone was marking on our team."

The Cheesemakers (1-1) dodged a bullet in the first three minutes when the Eagles' first goal was negated by an offsides call.

The Eagles' next scoring opportunity would not be wiped away. Sauk Prairie sophomore forward Tyler Fuchs scored an unassisted goal at 14 minutes, 20 seconds.

Fuchs scored his second goal on an assist from junior Mike Zenker at 27:23. The back breaker for the Cheesemakers came late in the
first half when Sauk Prairie freshman Jeremy Hish punched in a goal after a long cross by senior Romain Coquard to give the Eagles a commanding
3-0 lead at 36:48.

"They (Monroe) have a lot of good athletes," Sauk Prairie coach Mike Rauls said. "What we have on a lot of teams is the experience and a little more
soccer savvy. Sometimes when you can put that together, it looks like you are running faster."

Monroe coach Tony Stamm knows the Cheesemakers must tighten the defense to get to where they want to be in the postseason.

"We were not marking up and we were not staying with guys," Stamm said. "We have to stay better at marking on the guys and not give them the
inside to the goal.

"They ran us tired. We had to keep hustling and hustling every time to win the ball back. It definitely gives us something to work on. It gives
us a good learning opportunity."

The Cheesemakers, who were coming off an 8-0 victory over the Wisconsin Dells, limited the Eagles to one second-half goal, which was scored by
senior Garet Sagami at 50:48.

Monroe senior Logan Stamm re-aggravated a dislocated knee injury, but he did return in the second half.

"He is in pain right now," Tony Stamm said. "We will have to see how it goes."
September 2nd home Platteville 
  - JV Game.   Monroe's JV team came out and held their own during the first half of the contest against Platteville.  With Platteville having the
wind the first half, Monroe was able to stop all their attacks.  Monroe was also able to mount a few attacks in the first half as they domintaed
the majority of the play.  During the second half, Monroe was able to score two goals (Ian Geyer and Cody Stamm) and put this game away 2-0. 
JV record now stands at 2 Wins and 1 Tie.
   - Varsity Game.  MONROE - The Monroe boys soccer team was in the driver's seat Tuesday, but the Cheesemakers couldn't stay there.  Platteville
scored two second-half goals and handed the Cheesemakers a 2-1 loss.

The Cheesemakers (1-2) dominated the first half and limited the Hillmen to two shots on goal. Despite owning the first half, the game was scoreless. 
"We missed a lot of opportunities," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said.

Monroe junior Andrew Aurit scored an unassisted goal at 50 minutes, 48 seconds to give the Cheesemakers a 1-0 lead.

"I had some concerns about my defense," Stamm said. "They were getting too relaxed. It wasn't just the defense. The whole team got relaxed after that goal."

Platteville's Adam Stanton scored a game-tying goal at 58:19. The shot ricocheted off a Cheesemaker defender and took an unfortunate bad hop.  
Jordan Frederick scored the go-ahead goal for the Hillmen at 63:36.

"We outplayed them," Stamm said.

The Cheesemakers will try to get back to .500 when they play at Baraboo on Thursday night.

Monroe's junior varsity squad improved to 2-0-1 with a 2-0 win over Platteville.  Ian Geyer scored early in the second
half off a pass from Matt Bodeau. Cody Stamm scored the second goal.  The defense allowed the Hillmen one shot.
September 4th away Baraboo 
  - JV Game.   Monroe's JV team came out in the rainy weather and managed a 1-1 tie.  Their record is still without a loss at 2 wins and 2 ties.
   - Varsity Game.  BARABOO - In a game that featured two high-powered offenses, the Monroe boys soccer team received a big boost when junior
Andrew Aurit scored a game-winning goal in the 99th minute to lift the Cheesemakers to a 3-2 double-overtime win over Baraboo on Thursday night.

"It was a win we needed to get," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "They worked really hard and we deserved it."

Stamm was thrilled to win a tight game after giving up a late lead to Platteville on Tuesday night.

"It was very uplifting for them to finish this one off," Stamm said.

The Thunderbirds (1-2) were caught out of position.

"They just kind of sent one over the top of the defense," Baraboo coach Greg Riddell said of the goal. "They'd been doing it all game long."

The Cheesemakers' bread and butter was the deep ball, and they used their speed up front to put pressure on Thunderbirds goal keeper
Andrew Ford and the BHS defense.

The team's young defense held up well, but with Monroe's speed and aggressiveness, combined with rainy, wet conditions, sooner or later the
Cheesemakers (2-2) were going to put one into the net.

"We knew going in that their philosophy was to kick the ball up to their guys up front; they're very fast," Riddell said. "We had our defense just kind of
sit back and watch and wait for their run."

Baraboo drove in the game's first goal when James D'Amour scored off a rebound in front of the net. Monroe answered with two goals in the first half.

The first came on a breakaway less than a minute after Baraboo took the lead. Aurit blazed down the middle of the field, forcing Ford to come out and
challenge him. Aurit put a move on Ford, breaking to his own left, then made a sliding shot past a Baraboo defender to tie the game at 1-1.

The Cheesemakers' second goal came indirectly off a long pass. This time, Louis Ayensu-Mensah managed to get back on defense in time to challenge
the shot, but ended up taking down a Monroe player from behind in the box. Ayensu-Mensah drew a yellow card on the play. The resulting penalty kick
was deflected by Ford, but he couldn't control the rebound, as Brandon Wilson put the ball in a virtually unguarded net.

"You've got to shoot the ball. You're not going to score unless you shoot," Riddell said. "I think we did a good job of that. You just never know what's going to happen.

"We knew with the weather conditions that it was anyone's game. It was just going to come down to who shot more and who got some lucky bounces here and there."

After moving to the offensive end for the second half, Ayensu-Mensah tied the game for Baraboo on an assist from Tannor Henke in the 78th minute.

The Monroe junior-varsity team tied Baraboo 1-1 on Thursday.
 September 6th away La Follette
  - Cheesemakers denied weekend sweep in soccer

By Times staff

MADISON - The Monroe boys soccer team left the Madison La Follette triangular with unfinished business.

The Cheesemakers (3-3) went 1-1 on the day, but came a half away from going home unbeaten Saturday. The Cheesemakers defeated DeForest 2-1,
then lost their second game to Madison La Follette 3-2. The Cheesemakers jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Lancers came back to win.

Against La Follette, Monroe junior Andrew Aurit scored a goal on an assist from Kelli Isaj at 22 minutes, 55 seconds. Fellow junior Michael Gross scored
off a corner kick to give the Cheesemakers a 2-0 first-half lead.

"He (Gross) has been working on corner kicks," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "We try to give him that opportunity every time.

"The confidence really grew at that time. We were all feeling we had the game won."

The Lancers received a break when Jarad Frey scored on a penalty kick before the end of the first half.

"That changed the whole flow of the game," Stamm said.

With just 18 minutes between games, the Cheesemakers wore down, giving up two second-half goals.

Madison La Follette's Sam Zipper scored the game-tying goal on an assist from Frey at 37:20.

Zipper scored his second goal, which proved to be the game-winner, on an assist by Frey at 40:30.

"We should have won that game," Stamm said. "Then the exhaustion kind of hit us. We weren't able to push the ball as much."

In the first game, the Cheesemakers capped a comeback against the Norskies with two second-half goals to secure a 2-1 win. Monroe senior Jordan Steiner
scored a goal at 36:31 on an assist from Isaj.   Gross got the game-winner on an assist from Isaj at 42:54.
September 9th home Madison Edgewood
  - JV Game.  The JV squad played an Edgewood squad that had no freshman on the roster.  Early in the contest, Edgewood scored a
beaultiful long shot that just found its way under the crossbar to give the Edge a 1-0 lead.  But Monroe answered with a tying goal before the half.

During the second half, Monroe put lots of pressure of the Edgewood defense, and big Cy Calaway was able to score two more goals (giving him the hatrick)

and put Monroe up 3-1.  But Edgewood brought the score to 3-2 with still 15 minutes on the clock.  The Monroe team battled the final minutes and kept Edgewood

from gaining the tying goal.  The JV's record now stands at 3 wins and 2 ties.

  - Varsity Game. 
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Monroe loses more than game
Gross out for year after breaking leg
Mark Nesbitt
MONROE - The Monroe boys soccer team got a break in Tuesday's 3-0 Badger South Conference loss to Edgewood, but not the kind it wanted.

Junior forward Michael Gross broke his leg in the second half on a play where he was working to make a play before colliding with the Crusaders' goal keeper.

"He (Gross) was trying to get something to happen," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "He was a big part of the team and a key point. I know everyone is concerned about him."

With the loss the Cheesemakers drop to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the Badger South.

Stamm said not only will the Cheesemakers miss Gross as a player, the team will miss his spirit.

"We may have to change our style of play without him," he said.

The Crusaders jumped out to a 1-0 lead after executing a corner kick to perfection. Madison Edgewood senior midfielder Derek Braucht scored a header goal off a corner kick by Luke Salzwedel at 7 minutes, 22 seconds. Salzwedel had three assists to lead the Crusaders.

Monroe senior goal keeper Dan Becker, who had 13 saves, kept the Cheesemakers within striking distance with two diving saves late in the first half.

"It's really important that he (Becker) keeps playing really strong," Stamm said. "I think he is improving as we are going. He is getting stronger and stronger."

Stamm said trailing 1-0 at half, the Cheesemakers felt like they were in a good position to tie the game.

Edgewood senior Jamison Schleicher scored a goal on Salzwedel's second assist at 42:20 to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.

Edgewood junior Stephen Gilbert capped the scoring with a goal at 76:51.

The Cheesemakers travel to Fort Atkinson for a 7 p.m. Thursday.
September 11th away Fort Atkinson
  - JV  Jv keeps on rolling, defeating Fort 1-0 on a goal by Mitch Marty.  Their record now stands at 4 wins and 2 ties!

Crusaders gain edge early, defeat Monroe, 2-0
By Times staff

FORT ATKINSON - The Monroe boys soccer team still is searching for its first Badger South Conference win and goal after a 2-0 loss Thursday to Fort Atkinson.

In their first game without junior forward Michael Gross, who suffered a broken leg in a 3-0 loss Tuesday to Madison Edgewood, the Cheesemakers struggled early.

The Blackhawks scored two goals in the first 17 minutes.

"I think it would have been a big lift to get that first conference win," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "It was in that first 20 minutes, everyone wasn't sure what

their roles were without Michael."

Fort Atkinson's Ryan Smith scored the first goal on an assist by Taylor Smighyman at seven minutes.

Fort Atkinson's Michael Green scored the Blackhawks' second goal in the 17th minute.

Monroe senior Dan Becker had seven saves.

The Monroe junior-varsity team defeated the Blackhawks 1-0 to remain unbeaten.

September 13th away Platteville
  - JV  traveled to Legion field and took on Platteville.  This game was tied at one at half time on a goal by Cody Stamm.  But in the second half,
Monroe scored two to put this game away.  Kevin Frint scored on a MONSTER shot from WAY DOWN TOWN, just under the cross bar to make
the score 2-1.  Then Zach Farrar was able to get the third goal for Monroe on the way to a 3-1 final!
Their record now stands at 4 wins and 2 ties!

  - Varsity loses a tough one, 1-0 at Plattevile High School.

September 16th at Home Vs Oregon

MONROE - Banged up and struggling, the Monroe boys soccer team gained some encouragement from Tuesday's 2-0 loss to Oregon, a perennial top
team in the Badger South Conference. "We did a very good job marking up the ball," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "We had a couple of mistakes
where the ball got a little too far back, but other than that I thought we played much better ball - especially playing against a team this good
in conference." The game remained scoreless throughout much of the first half, with the Panthers (6-3-1 overall) pressuring the Cheesemakers' defense.
In the 27th minute, Oregon's Karl Bock broke the tie by sending the ball past Monroe goalkeeper Dan Becker. Despite the goal, Monroe (3-7) didn't let
up. The first half finished with Monroe down 1-0, and the Cheese came out of the gates in the second half showing signs of life and resilience.
The offense started pressuring the Panthers, and the defense ate up the ball. "Our defense was working very hard and did very well. We win the ball
more than the other teams," Stamm said. "I'm really impressed with all the guys working hard out there today." Perhaps the most visible of the
defensive stars was Becker, who despite allowing two goals (the last of which came with less than six minutes to play in the game) played well.
For much of the second half, Oregon headshots and streaking shots on goal sailed wide or over the net. However, when the Panthers shots starting
heading directly for the net, Becker was there to deny whatever came near him from entering the goal. With 16 minutes left in the game, Oregon
sent a one-timer on a corner kick, but Becker sprawled out with little regard for his body and blocked the ball. A minute later, Oregon again
had a clean shot on goal, but Becker got down on the dirt and took it away. And in the next minute, continuing his goalkeeping clinic, an
Oregon breakaway kick came in high and Becker jumped as high as he could and punched the ball over the back of the net for a second
highlight-reel save. "It was a little fast to catch, so I put it over the bar and played it safe," Becker said. The three saves energized the Cheesemakers
on both offense and defense. Monroe sent multiple shots at Panther goalie Jameson Kronser, however the Cheese were unable to capitalize.
"We're just not getting enough players to the goal. We need to get more pressure on the goal," Stamm said of his offense. However, Becker knows
that sometimes the best offense can essentially be defense. "If you're not allowing any goals, then it gives your team a good chance to win.
Even if you don't score and the game is close late in the game, the guys may start to think that we can score and win this game," Becker said.
Monroe next plays at Evansville on Friday.
September 19th away Evansville
  - JV  traveled to Evansville and played the opener at 4:45. JV was able to score two goals, one on a direct kick from Sy Caloway in the first
half, then a second goal by Matt Bodeau in the second half. 
Their record now stands at 5 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties!

  - Evansville tops Monroe Varsity Soccer, 2-1

By Times staff

EVANSVILLE - Monroe's boys' soccer team struck first Friday, but still fell 2-1 to Evansville.  Jon Elmer's goal just 8 minutes, 35 seconds into the game gave Monroe a 1-0 lead.

But Evansville evened the score about 17 minutes later and then got the game-winner midway through the second half.  Dan Becker made five saves for Monroe.

September 23rd away Milton

  - Both the Varsity and JV lost tough games at Milton.

September 30th home Stoughton

  - JV hosted Stoughton and came away with another win!  They battled Stoughton to a 3-1 victory and improved their record to 6 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties

Cold snap continues for Cheese
Stoughton scores early, shuts out Monroe, 2-0

Adam Krebs

MONROE - As the Cheesemakers took the field against Stoughton on Tuesday afternoon, boys soccer head coach Tony Stamm noticed the team didn't show as much

readiness as he would have hoped for.

"We had a cold start again," Stamm said after a 2-0 loss. "We're just not getting excited right at the beginning of the game. We let an easy one get through and we've been

having a consistent problem with that - getting ready to play right away at full speed."

Stoughton's Jake Thiermann scored the only goal the Vikings would need just three minutes into the game. The rest of the first half went scoreless, though Monroe began

to speed up the tempo. The Cheesemakers had multiple hard runs at the goal and the defensive pressure picked up.

Dan Becker, who has played well as goalkeeper all year, made multiple saves, including a jumping block and two diving stops in the first half.

"He's doing a very good job. I'm very pleased with his efforts back there," Stamm said of Becker.

In the second half, the Cheesemakers pressured Stoughton continuously, but the Vikings always regrouped well on defense and broke down the attack.

"I think we were better athletes than they were. We were winning the ball more than they were, but we weren't handling the ball and taking advantage of the opportunities

that we wanted to," Stamm said.

Becker, waiting patiently in front of the net on a Stoughton breakaway at the 6:40 mark in the second half, dove to make a one-on-one save at the net. But Becker was unable

to handle the block, and Jake Wenzel knocked in the rebound to put the Vikings up 2-0.

Monroe pressed harder on the offensive end, particularly junior forward Andrew Aurit.

"Andrew Aurit is really pressuring the defense the whole time. He was just really going today and it's nice to see that. He gave himself opportunities," Stamm said.

Monroe's inability to collapse and swarm to the net has led to minimal scoring this season. The Cheesemakers (3-10, 0-5 Badger South) have scored only 17 goals in their

13 games - eight coming in the season-opener against Wisconsin Dells. Monroe has only one goal in five conference games.

"We're having difficulties getting a score, which is something we're working on in practice. We had some opportunities today, now we just have to get it in the net," Stamm said.

The Cheesemakers next host area rival Sugar River (5-5, 3-1 Capitol) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

"We have a little grudge to settle with Sugar River. They are the ones who knocked us out of the postseason a year ago," Stamm said.

October 2nd home Sugar River 

Raiders get lone goal in heated win over Monroe

Adam Krebs

MONROE - On senior night, the Cheesemaker veterans tried to push their team to a much-needed win against rival Sugar River. In their pushing for a goal, the two teams began pushing each other.

The Raiders came out on top of the shoving match in the end in a 1-0 contest.

A funky goal in the 13th minute of the first half by Dylan Bigler was the game-winner.

"I really meant to cross the ball, but it went in and I was really pumped," Bigler said.

Monroe (3-11, 0-5 Badger South) came out as hard and motivated as it has all season. The team has worked hard lately on pressuring the goal and crashing to the ball.

"I thought we were keeping (the ball) on their side more than they were keeping it on our side," Monroe head coach Tony Stamm said. "We had an awful lot of opportunities - at

least three right in front of their net and within inches from going in the net."

For Sugar River, it was the grit and dirt of preparing for playoffs - and playing a rival - that made them dig just a little bit deeper.

"We didn't play our best out there, but we had a lot of guts out there and everyone was trying their effort. We played tough and physical," Sugar River sweeper Caleb Mabis said.

After Bigler's goal with 27:30 left in the first half, Monroe went onto the attack. Junior Andrew Aurit, senior Jordan Steiner and a slew of Cheesemakers pressured

deep into the Raiders zone. Mabis and goalkeeper Eric Liegel did as well to keep Monroe from tying the game.

"Our defense played pretty good. Once we got the goal I was feeling pretty confident," Liegel said.

Between the two teams attacking and defending the ball, hard tackles and slides mixed in with pushing down the sidelines and bumping on headers led to

several heated moments on the field.

"Both teams were getting physical and it just got over-heated at times. But we did a good job keeping our cool for the most part," Mabis said.

Sugar River's Mike Vetterli and Zach Luchsinger each got yellow cards.

In the end, though, it was Sugar River that finished on top.

"We've been spending a lot of time on pressuring and shooting in practice. And passing and working the ball up field - that's what we've been concentrating on," Stamm said.

"Our guys played really good, we just didn't have the ball go into the net."

Stamm also made note of senior sweeper Brandon Wilson's play in the game. Wilson was all over the field and had several good throw-ins and passing kicks as

well as playing great defense in the game.

"This was a big win. It helps us with seeding, and it helps that it was against our rivals," Bigler said of the victory.

The Cheesemakers next play at Janesville Parker at noon on Saturday. Sugar River travels to Lake Mills next Tuesday before ending its regular season Oct. 14 at

home against Lodi.

"One thing we have to work on is our temper - we were yelling at the refs a lot. We just have to work on our overall skills, too," Mabis said of the remainder of the season.

Monroe's junior varsity team won 3-0 to improve to 8-2-2 on the season. Kyle Bruce, Zach Farrar and Tim Sanft scored for the Cheesemakers.

October 4th Janesville Parker Invite 

Flip of the coin drops Cheese into second place
Monroe finishes 2-1 and in three-team tie at Janesville

By Times staff

JANESVILLE - A hard day's work came down to a flip of the coin Saturday for the Monroe boys soccer team.

The Cheesemakers won two of three games Saturday in the Janesville Parker Invitational. That put them in a three-team tie for the event championship, which was

settled by a coin flip.

In the end, the coin flipped in Sheboygan Falls' favor for first place, and Monroe finished second in the four-team invitational.

Sheboygan Falls was the only team Monroe couldn't get a score against Saturday. The Cheesmakers lost their first game of the day, 1-0.

But things turned around starting with the second game, in which Monroe beat host Janesville Parker 3-2. Kelli Isaj scored the first goal for the Cheesemakers

in the 25th minute of the first half. Monroe's second goal came just 1:55 into the second half, when Godi Brandli put the checkered ball into the back of the net. Andrew Aurit

got on the board just over two minutes later to secure the lead and the win.

In the third game of the day, Monroe knocked off Elkhorn, 1-0. Jon Elmer took a pass from Isaj and scored in the 12th minute of the game.

With a three-team tie for first place, the original tiebreaker cut the first- and second-place teams to Monroe and Sheboygan Falls. A coin flip decided the overall champion.

Cheesemaker head coach Tony Stamm said he was happy with his team's performance.

The Cheesemakers (5-11, 0-5 Badger South) play next at Monona Grove on Tuesday in a conference showdown.

In the junior-varsity tournament, Monroe beat Sheboygan Falls 2-1, Parker in an overtime shootout, and Elkhorn, 2-0, for the title.  The JV's record improves to 11-2-2 on the season.

October 7th (JV) and 9th (V) at Monona Grove

Monroe lets Monona Grove slip away early, 2-1

By Times staff

MONONA - With the field still soggy and muddy from Tuesday's rains, the postponed boys soccer matchup between Monona Grove and Monroe made for a sloppy affair Thursday.

Monona Grove used two first-half goals to hold off the Cheesemakers 2-1 in a Badger South conference game.

"We had real trouble getting out grip on the field in the first half," Monroe head coach Tony Stamm said. "They played football on (the field) last night and really

tore up the middle of the field on the crown. By halftime, we figured out our adjustments with the passing game and controlling the ball."

The Silver Eagles scored at the 17:34 mark in the first half on a goal by Sabastian Xiong. Just 17 minutes later, Eli Snyder gave the Silver Eagles a 2-0 lead.

Jon Elmer put one into the net for the Cheesemakers at the 60:37 mark of the second half, but the damage was already done.

With about 1:30 left to play, Stamm pulled Danny Becker out from the goal in an attempt to tie the score. Deep in Monona Grove territory, the Silver Eagles regained

possession and dumped a ball over the heads of Monroe's defenders. With an open shot at the net, an MG player just tried to put enough English on the ball to seal

the win. Becker, taking lessons from Usain Bolt, sprinted back to the goal out of nowhere and pushed the ball out of harm's way with a foot to spare.

Becker finished the game with 14 saves.

 The JV played Tuesday in the pouring rain and came away with a 3-3 tie.  After having 2-0 and 3-1 leads, Monona Grove came back and scored twice in the final minutes

to secure the tie.  Monroe's JV record now stands at 11-2-3 on the season!

October 14th home McFarland

Final count looks good for MHS on new scoreboard

Adam Krebs

MONROE - The Monroe boys soccer team knocked off McFarland, 2-0, in a game that was more than meaningful Tuesday.

Monroe (6-13, 0-6 Badger South) had only beaten McFarland once before in program history. The Cheesemakers also are gearing up for playoffs. And on top all of that,

they were dedicating their brand new scoreboard - a project that had been in the works for years.

Junior forward Andrew Aurit made sure the scoreboard was working properly with 9 minutes, 7 seconds left to play in the first half.

Monroe had nearly scored moments earlier on a breakaway, but McFarland's goalie came up with a kick save that let the ball trickle just inches from the left post and out

of bounds. On the ensuing corner kick, the Cheesemakers sent a hard shot at goal, but the keeper denied the first shot. Then Aurit swung his lower limb into the rebounded

ball and sent it to the back of the net.

Headed into halftime, head coach Tony Stamm and assistant coach Tony Vasquez tried to keep their players calm, cool and collected by giving advice and encouragement.

In the second half, Monroe continued to dominate the ball from the point of attack.

"We did a very good job of controlling the center today. We had a lot of guys going towards the goal, and that helped control the ball in the zone enough to keep going

after the goal," Stamm said.

With less than 18 minutes left to play in the second half, Monroe again had another breakaway opportunity. The Cheesemaker front line received a lovely pass inside

the box from midfield with a 2-on-2 advantage against a defender and the goalie. As a Monroe player geared up to shoot, his legs were taken out from underneath him.

Penalty kick.

Brandon Wilson, a senior midfielder and sweeper, got the call to kick to the open net.

"I kept thinking to myself, 'Just keep it low. Keep it low, keep it low,' " Stamm said. "We do a pretty good job on penalty kicks, but sometimes we like to get our head up and

send it over. But Brandon took his time and did an excellent job with it."

Wilson did just that and sent the ball beyond McFarland's reach to give the Cheese a 2-0 lead with just 17 minutes and change to play.

That was all Monroe needed.

"Our defense was great. Danny Becker was outstanding in goal again,"  Stamm said.  "We're still giving up a lot of free kicks, and we have to work on that."

Monroe next likely will host Reedsburg in the Badger Conference crossover Challenge, though the opponent is yet to be determined.

From there, Monroe will move on to WIAA tournament play, where they hope to continue to improve and move on every day.

"This should help us a lot in the seeding. The seed meeting for playoffs is (Wednesday).  And beating McFarland should definitely help with that," Stamm said.

Monroe's junior-varsity team lost 1-0 Tuesday and brought their overall record to 11 wins, 3 losses and 3 ties.

October 16th home Reedsburg

Cheesemakers up to the Challenge

By Times staff

REEDSBURG - Monroe senior Brandon Wilson scored two goals to lift the Cheesemakers to a 4-0 win over Reedsburg in the inaugural boys soccer Badger Challenge.

Monroe (7-13) got off to a fast start, with Wilson scoring an unassisted goal in the 14th minute.

The Cheesemakers exploded for three second-half goals. Wilson scored his second goal off a direct kick at 43:82.

Monroe senior Jordan Steiner gave the Cheesemakers a 3-0 lead scoring on an assist from Andrew Aurit at 44:10.

Aurit tacked on an insurance goal in the 48th minute.

Monroe junior goalkeeper Jordan Steurer recorded the Cheesemakers' second straight shutout with five saves.

Monroe will host McFarland in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal game at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at Honey Creek Park. It was just three days ago that the Cheesemakers

defeated the Spartans 2-0.

"We are all excited to see McFarland again since we beat them last time," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said.

 Monroe's junior-varsity team won 5-0 Thursday and brought their overall record to 12 wins, 3 losses and 3 ties.

Times photo: Adam Krebs

Andrew Aurit celebrates after his goal in the second half of Monroe’s regional-opening loss Thursday.

Cheese bounced in 2 OT
McFarland knocks Monroe out of regionals, 3-2

Adam Krebs

MONROE - The Cheesemakers' boys soccer season came to a bitter, cold end Thursday. With the wind blowing and the rain falling hard, it took nearly 98 minutes of play for the decisive score.

Unfortunately for Monroe, it was scored by McFarland, a team the Cheese had beaten a week earlier, for a 3-2 Monroe loss in the first round of the WIAA regional.

"We're really disappointed," Monroe head coach Tony Stamm said. "We were really looking forward to this game and concentrating on it - really taking it seriously."

Monroe scored the first goal of the game right away. Jon Elmer slipped the checkered ball past McFarland's goalkeeper in just the second minute of the game.

The two teams battled the rest of the half, but neither scored. Monroe had a chance to score on a spot kick with less than 20 seconds left to play, but a

substitution was in order, delaying the Cheese nearly 15 seconds to kick the ball. Monroe couldn't get a rebound and the clock ran out.

To start the second half, McFarland came out swinging, scored its first goal just 30 seconds in.

"It was a bit of a shock. I didn't think they would come out like that," Stamm said.

Monroe answered right back, as junior forward Andrew Aurit sliced through the defense and put the Cheese back on top, 2-1.

"It was a great individual effort by Andrew," Stamm said. "Everyone was feeling good at that point."

Unfortunately for Monroe, the lead wouldn't last.

McFarland added a second score just a few minutes later to tie it up.

Wet and chilled, many Cheesemakers started slipping on the wet field, a few taking an extra long time to get up as cramping soon became an issue

because of the weather - and length of the game.

In the first overtime, both teams had opportunities to score, but both goalkeepers came up big - Monroe keeper Dan Becker three times in that short period alone.

In the second overtime, one before a shootout, Monroe's best scoring opportunity passed just beyond the far post. McFarland's didn't. The Spartans got the

ball into a cluttered group of white and red jersey's just in front of the goal. Somehow a Spartan got the leg on the ball that knocked it beyond Becker and into the net.

"It was pretty hard to see from where we were at. Even the scorer's table couldn't see it and we had to ask McFarland who scored," Stamm said. "We had hoped to get

a clear-out, but that didn't happen."

Monroe's season is over, but with the success of the junior-varsity and a large group of returning varsity players, 2009 looks like it may yield better results.


Friday, June 20
2008 Lady Cheesemakers

Congrats to the HS Girls in winning the Whitewater Invitational tournament on May 2nd!  Also for defeating Sauk 5-2 on May-6, and defeating Evansville 3-1 on May-19 at Honey Creek!

The Monroe Girls HS Soccer Team defeated Evansville in the first round of the play-offs 2-0 on May 22nd.  This is the first play-off win for any Monroe HS Soccer Team!  Way to go Lady Cheesemakers!




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Wednesday, August 22
2007 Boys Soccer

The Junior Varsity Team

Aug 21, 2007 Vs Wisconsin Dells

MONROE -- While he'll take a 1-0 start as a varsity head coach, this wasn't how Tony Stamm wanted to kick things off. The Cheesemakers' first-year coach skippered his club to a 15-0 victory Tuesday over second-year program Wisconsin Dells, a club that was hampered by a mononucleosis case that kept several athletes off the pitch.

After Nick Hendrickson opened the scoring 3 minutes and 28 seconds in off a helper by Danny Becker, Andrew Aurit flashed Marco Mimbela-like sleight of foot as he scored at 5:16 and 8:20. Both goals were assisted by senior Dylan Boehme. Matt Farrar and Michael Gross, the taller but equally red-haired brother of Jake Gross, also scored back-to-back goals in the first half. Stamm subbed liberally after the third goal and sat his starters the last 20 minutes of the first half.

Farrar found Aurit from midfield early in the second half, and the sophomore dropped a couple of moves through the teeth of the defense before pushing the ball past the goalie to get his hat trick and get out.

"We got him his hat trick and then we quickly got all of our starters out of there," Stamm said. Becker duplicated Farrar's and Gross' feats in the second half before the starters sat out the last nearly 30 minutes.

Macedonian exchange student Keli Isaj dealt two assists and scored the final goal.

Boehme registered four points with a trio of assists and a second-half goal. Farrar matched the four-spot as he notched a pair of second-half assists. Goalkeeper Nate Barta made three saves and recorded his first clean sheet after pitching two shutouts last year.

However, Stamm immediately recognized some areas to improve before the squad travels to Sauk Prairie on Thursday.

"We have to be able to get the ball to the outside. We're trying too hard to work through the middle," he said. But the coach isn't concerned with a locker room full of outspoken seniors, who are eager to break down each performance. "Everybody has a lot of input, and it's an open atmosphere for anybody to contribute," Stamm said.

Nick (1), Andrew (3), Matt Farrar (2), Michael Gross (2), Kyle Klopfenstein (1), Logan Stamm (1), Dan Becker (2), Dylan Boehme (1), Brandon Wilson (1) and Keli Isaj (1). Next Up: Madison Edgewood, Away

Aug 28, 2007 Vs Edgewood

MADISON -- What a difference a year has made for Monroe's boys soccer team.

The Cheesemakers poured on the offensive intensity until the proverbial cup overflowed in a 3-1 victory over defending Badger South champion Madison Edgewood on Tuesday night.

Foreign exchange student Keli Isaj started the scoring just inside the 30-minute mark off a feed by Matt Farrar with shot that snuck inside the top corner, and Andrew Aurit picked up where he left off last week.

After registering a hat trick in Monroe's season-opening 15-0 victory over a shorthanded Wisconsin Dells club, Aurit took a gift from his goalkeeper and didn't disappoint.

After corralling a shot, Cheesemakers netminder Nate Barta let a long pass fly as Aurit made his run and broke free from the defense, ultimately sending a shot past a helpless Mark Binkowski to double the lead with just 15 seconds left in the first half.

"Our forwards really kept them off balance all night long," first-year Cheesemakers coach Tony Stamm said.

Farrar padded the lead with a third goal on a penalty kick in the 56th minute, and Barta saved eight of the nine shots he faced. Reaching the conference schedule spelled disaster for Monroe last season, so getting off on the right foot couldn't have felt better for Stamm and company.

"It was a real relief off the players to get that first conference win," Stamm said. Monroe hopes to stay hot when the Badger North's Baraboo visits Honey Creek Park on Thursday.

JV Ties Edgewood 0-0

Aug 30, 2007 Vs Baraboo @ Honey Creek

MONROE -- The Cheesemakers soccer team is showing it can play anybody's game.

After jumping out a quick 2-0 lead Thursday in 11 minutes behind goals by Andrew Aurit and Kyle Klopfenstein, Monroe saw its Badger Conference crossover foe Baraboo turn up the heat. "We came out really hot," Monroe head coach Tony Stamm said. "They got riled up and very physical."

You've Just Been KLOPPED!

Baraboo's increased physicality led to two goals and a tie score at halftime. The pressure carried on throughout the second half, but in extra time, Monroe's Nick Hendrickson headed in a ball from just outside the goal that was sent by Matt Farrar, to give the Cheesemakers a 3-2 victory and push their winning streak to three games as Badger South Conference play opens next week.

"This was our toughest win," Stamm said. "We were sweating it out." Monroe (3-0) jumps right into conference play against a very talented Verona team that should be right in the thick of the title hunt. "That (game) is going to be a gut-checker," Stamm said.

JV Loses to Baraboo 3-2

Sep 4, 2007 Vs Verona @ Honey Creek

Monroe – David Beckham’s arrival in the United States has at least rubbed off on someone. Monroe senior midfielder, Matt Farrar, did his best “Becks” impersonation in the 79th minute, lofting a beautiful free kick from 25 yards out and into the upper left corner to untie a knot and put the streaking Cheesemakers over Verona, 3-2, Tuesday at Honey Creek Park.

The Wildcats were whistled for a foul in the waning moments when Farrar called off co-captain Kyle Klopfenstein and used the elements to serve it past Verona’s keeper Joey Wedderspoon.

“I just put a little spin on it away from the keeper and just over the wall,” Farrar said. “(I) just put it up in the sun and hoped the sun interfered with his vision and it went in.”

First year Cheesemakers head coach Tony Stamm has his guys on a tear, winning their first four games, including two in the Badger South.

“That was one of the best balls I have ever seen,” Stamm said, “the way it floated and curved right into the corner. I couldn’t have asked for anything nicer than what he did.”

Monroe (4-0, 2-0 Badger South) needed Farrar’s heroics after the Wildcats found an equalizer in the 65th minute on a penalty kick by Justin Lehner. Lehner beat senior goal keeper Nate Barta to the low right corner after Klop was tagged for a tackle from behind in the box.

Many thoughts raced through Klop’s head after Lehner got a step past him and the entire Monroe defense. The ball-hawking Cheesemaker senior felt that he gave Barta the best chance to protect the team’s 1 goal lead midway through the second half.

“I was thinking, ‘Is this guy going one on one on Nate, or do I commit a foul and chance it with the penalty kick?’” Klop said.

The Cheesemakers brass admitted they were not looking forward to a possible extra session against the surging Wildcats. Verona offense had its way in the final 40 minutes, after trailing 2-1 at half time.

“If it would have gone into OT, I think we would have had some trouble,” Klop said. “Luckily, Matt stepped up.” Nick Hendrickson scored the Cheesemakers first goal on an assist from Klopfenstein. Andrew Aurit score the second goal on an assist from Farrar.

“I was trying to do some substitution at the end to try and make sure if we got into OT we would have had some energy left,” Stamm said. “But, we were getting tired.”

The streaking Cheesemakers program has caught the eye of Verona’s 3rd year head coach Brian Feyrer, whose 1st year was during Monroe’s inaugural varsity season. “There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of organization or a sense of how they wanted to play in the first year,” Feyrer said. “I think they are starting to pick that out a little bit more.”

“All the kids always have played hard, but I think now they are starting to gain a little more soccer intelligence, which is helping their game immensely.” Stamm has pushed all the right buttons, and the Cheesemakeres have responded with discipline and victories.

“It’s the guys working together,” Stamm said. “Before it used to be if someone scored against them, they would get right down on themselves and the game was pretty much done.”

“They are keeping their heads in the game. They are watching out so when somebody doesn’t have the ball, they are talking to them. You hear the goalie all the way to the forwards talking.”

JV Loses a Tough one to Verona

Sep 6, 2007 Vs Sugar River

BELLEVILLE -- The right column stays clean for another day. It's just the furthest right column that picks up a mark.

The Monroe soccer squad found some energy in a reserve tank as the Cheesemakers scored two late second-half goals to earn a 2-2 tie against the Sugar River Raiders on the road Thursday evening.

Sophomore Michael Gross tallied the equalizer in the 76th minute when he lofted a shot to the upper left corner that was headed in by a Raider defender who did what he could to secure his team's lead.

The Cheesemakers remain undefeated under new head coach Tony Stamm at 4-0-1. Stamm was happy that his boys overcame the more quick and physical Sugar River team to get a tie.

"We came out a little sluggish," Stamm said. "We got them tired out and we finally got to passing the ball."

Nick Hendrickson broke the 2-0 score in the 74th minute when Tuesday's hero against Verona, Matt Farrar, got the senior the ball for a goal.

JV Defeats Sugar River 2-0

Sep 8, 2007 Vs Platteville

PLATTEVILLE -- The Cheesemakers narrowly escaped with a tie Saturday, thanks to some heads-up play by Kyle Klopfenstein.

Monroe got an equalizing goal from its senior midfielder in the 76th minute as Klopfenstein maneuvered a well-placed header past the keeper off a slick corner kick by Mike Gross. The tally tied the game at one goal apiece.

Platteville, which scored its goal in the 52nd minute, spoiled many of the frenzied Cheesemakers' scoring opportunities with sound defense. Nate Barta made two saves for Monroe in net.

Monroe's junior-varsity squad won its match 3-1. The Cheesemakers head to Oregon for a 7 p.m. Badger South tilt Tuesday night.

JV Defeats Platteville 3-1

Sep 11, 2007 Vs Oregon

OREGON -- The Panthers did an awful lot with 5 minutes in handing the shorthanded Cheesemakers their first soccer loss of the season Tuesday night.

Oregon hung two goals on the board in the first 5 minutes en route to a 4-0 victory over Monroe (4-1-2, 2-1 Badger South). Sam Krueger got the victors on the board 2 minutes and 23 seconds into the match, and Dustin Wiskes doubled the lead at 4:02 as both goals came off Justin Marchant assists.

Marchant also scored an unassisted tally in the 34th minute.

"Oregon was a very good team," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said. "They are a ball-controlling team with good passing and moving rhythms."

Nate Barta made five saves in the goal for Monroe, which was missing Dan Becker and Patrick Gellings due to injuries. Both have been integral in the squad's early-season success.

The Cheese hopes to rise back to form Thursday with a non-conference tilt against Evansville at Honey Creek Park.

Sep 13, 2007 Vs Evansville @ Honey Creek

MONROE -- Home cooking never tasted so good for Monroe soccer, and the satisfaction showed up on the scoreboard in a 4-2 victory over Evansville on Thursday.

Andrew Aurit registered his second hat trick of the season, and Monroe was more than happy to be on the home pitch for a non-conference tilt after a three-contest tour.

"It was nice to be back at home after three games on the road and finally picking up that fifth win for the season," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said.

Aurit's three goals all came between the 10th and 19th minutes of the match, and he assisted on Michael Gross's tally, which recaptured the lead for Monroe (5-1-2, 3-1 Badger South) at 2-1 in the 12th minute.

After missing Tuesday's 4-0 loss at Oregon, Dan Becker and Patrick Gellings both logged minutes in the victory. Becker assisted on Aurit's first goal.

Nate Barta saved six of the eight shots he faced and will need to be solid for the club to get back to its winning ways in the Badger South on Tuesday night against McFarland.

The junior-varsity squad also prevailed, 4-3, on goals by Kevin Frint, Godi Brandli III, Ian Geyer and Zach Farrar.

JV Defeats Evansville 4-3

Sep 17, 2007 Vs Sauk Prairie

SAUK PRAIRIE -- The Cheesemakers are making the larger schools stand up and take notice.

Monroe (5-2-2, 2-1 Badger South) took undefeated Division 1 Sauk Prairie to the limit, but came up just short on the road Monday night, 2-1, after two Eagles goals in the second half.

Sauk Prairie's Garret Schwarz's foot was involved in the two early second-half goals. Schwarz's direct kick found Byron Hahn's noggin and beat goalkeeper Nate Barta in the 44th minute.

Schwarz then netted the game-winner 10 minutes later after punching in a pass from Aaron Lang past Barta.

The Cheesemakers made it a game again in the 60th minute, when they connected on a corner kick. Kyle Klopfenstein headed in Andrew Aurit's serve from the corner.

"(We) had opportunities," Monroe head coach Tony Stamm said. "But luck was not on our side tonight."

Monroe returns home at 5 p.m. today for a match against McFarland at Honey Creek Park. Stamm hopes the experience against the stalwart Prairie squad will serve Monroe well for the Badger South Conference tilt.

"They played very well against a very good team," he said, "which kept the game exciting all the way up to the end." Monroe's lone goal was scored on a header by Kyle Klopfenstein, assisted by Andrew Aurit.

JV Loses to Sauk Prairie 4-2

Sep 18, 2007 Vs McFarland @ Honey Creek

MONROE -- Don't make Kyle Klopfenstein angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.

The Cheesemakers' senior defender was livid on the Honey Creek Park pitch after teammate Luke Calaway was given a questionable yellow card in the 18-yard box after taking down McFarland's Andrew Shep in a scoreless game. The foul lead to Shep beating an overworked Nate Barta with a penalty kick to the lower left corner in the 73rd minute Tuesday evening.

Klopfenstein immediately moved from the back row to the front line and spurred a furious three-minute, two-goal Cheesemakers (5-2-2, 3-1-0 Badger South) comeback over the Spartans for a 2-1 victory.

"The penalty kick just ticked me off," Klopfenstein said. "I went up to the front and started playing offense and things just happened. Luckily our guys just stuck with it."

After Klopfenstein finished pleading his case with the referee, the savvy, fiery veteran headed a throw-in toward the Spartans goal that Matt Farrar took and served to Andrew Aurit, who rainbowed a chip over junior goalkeeper Oliver Hill for a 74th minute equalizer.

Two minutes later, sophomore midfielder Michael Gross whipped up a beautiful right-to-left cross that found the head of the defender-turned-offensive threat affectionately known as "Klop" and snuck just under the crossbar for the game-winner.

"The ref had told me there was little time left so I knew I had to go up," Klopfenstein said. "I know I could make things happen if my teammates can go along with it. And it just happened in there. Matt Farrar and Mike Gross made it happen."

McFarland (6-5-0, 1-2-0 Badger South) head coach Domenic Genova was disappointed in his team's lack of execution on the offensive end and lack of focus when the Klopfenstein buzz saw started spinning.

"You get a little upset, and that kind of motivates you, and it can turn into a positive thing," Genova said. "It did for them."

Barta had the game of his life making 19 saves as the senior kept the Cheesemakers alive when the Spartans offense came barring downfield. He and the Cheesemakers caught a break midway through the second half when Marcus Oldenburg beat Barta to the far right post, but the score was wiped off the board when the side judge ruled Oldenburg was offside.

"I did get the breaks, which helped. I can't remember a game where I played this well," Barta said.

Barta's effort was praised by the Monroe fans and head coach Tony Stamm, who's been impressed with his keeper's ability to keep his mind on the task at hand.

"He's been very, very focused," Stamm said. "It's a shame we didn't get the shutout for him."

While Klopfenstein picked up the marks on the score sheet, he knows that without Barta keeping the Spartans at bay for 70 minutes, the Cheesemakers didn't have a prayer at making it a game.

"He's the one that keeps us in the games by far," Klopfenstien said.

JV Loses to McFarland 4-2

Sep 25, 2007 Vs Stoughton

Prep soccer: Monroe survives muddy onslaught
STOUGHTON — One by one the scoring chances came. And one by one the Monroe prep boys soccer team fended them off.

Ninety minutes of soccer, seemingly 900 threats survived.

It even was a shock to Matt Farrar that the Cheesemakers salvaged a 1-1 draw with Stoughton Tuesday night.

"Yeah, I'm pretty surprised," the senior forward said.

On their heels all night, Farrar and the Cheesemakers thwarted all but one Stoughton threat, finally settling on a double-overtime deadlock in a Southern Badger Conference mud-fest at rainy Collins Stadium.

The draw denied the Vikings (3-0-1) a chance to clinch the conference title.

The match was delayed nearly 25 minutes by lightning just 2:44 into play, and just as Farrar was lining up a free kick from the top of the box.

"I had 15 minutes to think about the free kick," Farrar said.

When play finally resumed, Farrar didn't waste any time getting the Cheesemakers (3-1-1) on the board. The senior tucked a low, sinking shot into the left corner, beating Stoughton goalkeeper Kevin O'Donnell easily.

"I saw that the wall was a little bit off, and tried it, and got lucky," Farrar said.

After that, it was all Stoughton. The Vikings kept the pressure on the Cheesemakers for the duration of the first half, battling through a sloppy field and a physical Monroe defense in an effort to tally the equalizer.

Stoughton had two potential tying goals nullified because of offsides calls, and had another chance to tie the game elude them when Monroe goalkeeper Nate Barta failed to corral a loose ball.

The ball squirted off of a diving Barta's hands, leaving Stoughton's Colin Keating with an open net. Keating's drive from the left side of the box was kicked away by a Cheesemaker at the goal line.

"I saw the net, and then I saw the ball go through the defense," Keating said. "I thought for sure it was in, but they had a guy there."

Stoughton finally tied the game 10 minutes into the second half on a goal by Vikings senior Malcolm Calbert.

Stoughton continued its offensive onslaught the rest of the match, but couldn't get the go-ahead goal.

"It's so frustrating," Calbert said. "We had goals that got called off. We had shots hit the post. It's just frustrating that we didn't win this game because we had all the chances to."
JV Loses to Stoughton 1-0. Great Game Jr Cheese!
Sep 27, 2007 Vs Janesville Parker @ Honey Creek

By Times Staff

MONROE -- What better warmup for Monroe soccer's conference-closing game Tuesday night than a 7-0 drubbing of Janesville Parker at Honey Creek Park?

Nate Barta posted a clean sheet with 14 saves between the posts and Matt Farrar registered five points in the non-conference victory for Monroe (7-2-3 overall).

Andrew Aurit posted two goals and kicked the scoring off just four minutes into the match off a helper by senior Nick Hendrickson.

Farrar assisted on a goal by Hendrickson and followed it up with a pair of tallies of his own before the first half concluded.

Barta posted his second assist of the season as Aurit scored less than three minutes into the second half.

The Cheesemakers close Badger South play Tuesday with a game at home against Monona Grove.

Oct 2, 2007 Vs Monona Grove @ Honey Creek

MONROE — Rich Plier enjoyed a pleasant surprise on a trip to the storage room last week at Monona Grove High School.

The boys soccer coach found and dusted off the Badger Conference's boys soccer championship trophy from 1987.

On Tuesday night, the Silver Eagles beat Monroe 1-0 and earned a shot at another conference trophy — their first since.

The game's decisive play came in the 22nd minute when Monona Grove junior Nick Zupan centered the ball to Nick Amelse.

The senior beat Monroe senior goalkeeper Nate Barta to the ball, heading it into the net.

"We played a great game and controlled the ball really well," Plier said. "We just didn't finish well. We were only up one. All it would have taken was a mistake or a bad bounce and Monroe would have been right back in it."

The victory moved Monona Grove into second place in the Southern Badger Conference. The Silver Eagles face first-place Stoughton next Tuesday with a share of the title on the line.

Stoughton remained in front Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Madison Edgewood.

"We didn't focus on any one player in particular preparing for this," Plier said. "We just knew we had to win our next two conference games and we'd have the title. That's what we're out for."

Monona Grove dominated play, putting 15 shots on the Cheesemakers' goal.

Barta was up for the challenge.

"I've learned not to be scared," Barta said. "I know not to hesitate. I've just got to go after it."

He went after the ball, finishing with 14 saves. He came up big in breakaway situations and corner kicks, but his most spectacular save came with just more than 20 minutes left. Silver Eagles junior forward Sabastian Xiong got possession of the ball just inside the goal box and ripped a shot high, but Barta stretched to knock the ball just over the crossbar.

"Barta is a really solid keeper," Plier said. "I give him a lot of credit."

Monroe's best chance to tie the score came from sophomore forward Andrew Aurit 3 minutes later.

Aurit took a shot from 20 yards out and hit the crossbar. Monroe senior forward Matt Farrar and Aurit — the conference's top two goal-scorers, admitted Monona Grove's high-pressure defense caused problems.

"We did good today, but we lost control of the ball a lot," added Barta. "We stuck with them, we can play. But they were a better team."

Oct 4, 2007 Vs Mt. Horeb

Monroe traveled North to take on host Mt Horeb, a tough opponent in the past.  This game had the makings of a game that could go either way, going to the half at a 0 - 0 tie.  But midway through the second half, Mt Horeb would put one into the net for the 1-0 lead.  And although Monroe threw the kitchen sink at this opponent, they could not get the equalizer and cam away with the 1-0 loss.  Their record now stands at 7 - 4 - 3, with the Janesville Invite up coming.

Oct 6, 2007 Vs Janesville Parker Invite

JANESVILLE -- The Cheesemakers clearly are not fazed by missing out on a Badger South soccer title.

The upstart bunch claimed the championship at Saturday's Janesville Parker Invitational with victories of 3-1 over host Parker, 2-1 over Elkhorn and 4-1 over Sheboygan Falls.

Monroe used crisp passing and team play to earn the title.

"Winning the tournament was a milestone for the boys soccer program, as it was the first varsity championship finish in a tournament in the program's history," Monroe coach Tony Stamm said.

Monroe was led by seniors Nick Hendrickson (hat trick against Sheboygan Falls), Dylan Boehme (established passing rhythms) and Brad Zumkehr (stopped counter attacks). The upperclassmen stepped up in their last opportunity to claim a tournament for Monroe.

In the process, the team also has recorded a new record for games won in a season. Monroe is now 10-4-3.

Interestingly, Hendrickson's strong tournament included his first goal of the season using his foot. The rest of his goals this season have come on headers.

9:30 Vs Janesville Parker

The opening game was against Parker, whom Monroe defeated 7-0 just a couple weeks ago.  But this time, Janesville was at home and ready to play!  At two minutes into this one, Parker had a shot clank of the iron and keep the game scoreless until Michael Gross served up a corner that Klop controlled with his feet and blasted into the net for the 1-0 lead.  Then just before the half, Dan assisted to Nick who made the score 2-0 into the half.

One minute into the second half, Michael again was assisting captain Klop for yet another goal.  Parker earned a "gift" PK late in the second half to make the final tally 3-1 in game 1.  Monroe earned 3 points for the regualtion victory!

12:00 Vs Elkhorn

In game 2, Monroe took on Elkhorn, a victor in their opening game in a shootout against Sheboygan Falls.  The winner of this game would be in the driver seat to win the tourney.  As the game rolled along, it had the makings of a disappointing loss, as Elkhorn scored early to take the 1-0 lead.  Monroe continued to have opportunities, but the ball did not hit the back of the net...

Not until the combo from game 1 came to life!n  With just a couple minbutes remaining, Michael crossed to the front of the goal where Klop sunk the game tying goal.  The last minute heroics continued for the Cheesemakers!  But the regulation winner could not be found, so off to the shootout they went!

Monroe won the coin flip and chose to kick second.  Here is a frame by frame description of the shootout!

SF shoots and scores, just under Barta's right arm for the 1-0 lead 
Brandon Wilson's blast just under the cross bar tied the shootout at 1-1 
SF shoots and scores, just under Barta's right arm again for the 2-1 lead 
Nick's blast found the back of the net and tied shootout at 2-2 
SF shoots and scores, to gain a 3-2 shootout lead 
Klop would erase the deficit with his successful PK and tie things up at 3-3 
SF shoots and scores, to gain a 4-3 shootout lead 
Michael, the assist king, stepped up and calmly tied the shootout at 4-4 
As SF #5 stepped to take his shot, things seemed a little different - a little more tense! 
SF's 5th shot missed the goal, setting the table for Captain Matt to convert.... 
Matt struck the ball, beat the keeper and gave Monroe the 5-4 Shootout victory and 2 tourney points, bringing Monroe's total to 5 after 2 games. 

Keeper Barta watches as Matt's PK sails into the goal and gives Monroe the 5-4 PK Shootout Victory

2:00 Vs Sheboygan Falls

This is it - the final tournament game.  And Monroe came out and took care of business!  At 2 minutes, Andrew passed to Dan who scored the first goal of the game!  At 14 minutes, Klop headed a ball to Dylan, who passed to Nick for the score and 2-0 lead.  Monroe was on their way to bringing home the first varsity tourney victory.  At 17 minutes, Brandon fed Hot Nick who scored for the Monroe 3-0 lead at the half.

Sheboygan scored just after half to make the score 3-1, but at 45 minutes, Nick received a pass from Brad and scored his third goalof the game, 4th of the tourney for the 4-1 Monroe victory!

This tournament enabled Monroe to post the best ever varsity record at 10-4-3 with at least 3 games remaining.

Oct 11, 2007 Vs Waunakee

With the play-offs just around the corner and the decisions already made on the seedings, this game was a trial and error game for the Cheesemakers.  While some things looked good, some things didn't work in the 5-1 defeat to Waunakee.  Best news of the evening was that the Cheesemakers would come away with no injuries after this tough game!

Oct 13, 2007 Vs Platteville @ Honey Creek

Point Earners

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Trevor Arn

Andrew Aurit

Nate Barta

Dan Becker

Dylan Blum

Dylan Boehme

Luke Callaway   

Matt Farrar 2Y    Shootout

Patrick Gellings

Mason Goff

Michael Gross  Shootout

Nick Hendrickson   Shootout

Keli Isaj

Kyle Klopfenstein    Shootout

Connor Lind 1Y 1R

Logan Stamm

Jordan Steiner

Josh Stephenson

Brandon Wilson Shootout

Brad Zumkehr 1Y


Thursday, March 29
Monroe High School Girls' Soccer - Spring 2007
2007 Lady Cheesemakers

3-27 Varsity Home vs Sugar River
    Varsity Girls lose a tough one 3-2 to Sugar River. Erin Solawetz accounted for the two Monroe goals!

3-27 JV Home Vs Sugar River
    Junior Varsity ties Sugar River 1-1. Sierra Neuenschwander scored the lone Monroe goal off a corner-kick assist by Gail LaVoie.

3-29 Varsity Home vs Wisconsin Heights
    Varsity Girls win by shutout, 3-0. Goals scored by Pam Lehman, Kalyn Kundert and Katie Eiserman.

4-3 Varsity at PLATTEVILLE 2-2 tie
    The pieces were in place, but the execution was not to be found. The Monroe girls soccer team launched shot after shot at non-conference foe Platteville, but couldn't connect on the game-winner. After two sudden-death overtimes, the squad settled for a 2-2 tie on the road Tuesday afternoon with the Hillmen.

Monroe (1-1-1) found itself in a1-0 hole early, but the power of senior midfielder Katie Boehme brought the Cheesemakers back to even. Boehme rocketed a shot from 23 yards out on the left-hand side, burying the ball in the upper-right-corner just before the halftime whistle.

Cheesemakers head coach Miriam O'Neill asked Boehme to look for her shot since the coach trusts her senior's powerful striking foot. O'Neill saw the way Boehme's goal shifted the momentum back to the visitors. "They were having a hard time finishing their shots," O'Neill said. "It really got things going for us."

The Cheesemakers took the lead early in the second half behind sophomore Catie Eiserman's 50th-minute goal. Eiserman put the ball in the lower-right corner from just left of the 18-yard box. The lead didn't last long, as the Hillmen knotted the score back up for good with a goal by Caitlin Murphy in the 56th minute.

As the wind gained strength and the temperature plummeted in overtime, the players became more feisty. "Both teams really wanted the game to be over," O'Neill said. "It became quite aggressive. There was a lot of sliding, a lot of people on the ground."

Monroe will open Badger South conference play Thursday at Mount Horeb for a 5 p.m. kickoff.

4-3 JV at Platteville Game
The Platteville game: Sierra Neuenschwander scored the winning goal off assists by Stephanie Hubbard and Nicole Prophett. At 34 minutes into the first half, Stephanie drove the ball up the right side and crossed it to a well marked Nicole who one touched it back to a patiently waiting Sierra. Sierra buried the ball into the left corner of the net. Later, Platteville was awarded a PK due to a hand ball in the penalty area. Would it score? I don’t think so. Gail LaVoie stopped the shot cold. In the 2nd half, Sierra was fouled in the goal area and awarded a PK. She was a little shook up so Gail stepped in to take the shot. The ball hit the top of the U12 sized goal and landed right back at Gail’s foot, who blasted it into the net. Goal?? No – the ball was never touched by the keeper so the goal was denied.

We played this game on a U12 sized mud-puddle of a field with a biting North wind nipping at our heels. The first half we played 11v11 and the second half we played 8v8.

Mikala McKee, Jenny Buol, Pink Wongwilawan, Nicole Prophett, McKenzie Bruce, Leslie Einbeck, Gail LaVoie, Tiffany Lozoya and Sierra Neuenschwander had many shots on goal – dominating play until the last 5 minutes of the game. The gritty defense of Kelly Schmid, Lindsey Beuhler, Sara Heitkamp, Einbeck, Bruce, LaVoie and GK Hubbard hung on for the win. Fantastic goalkeeping by Gail LaVoie and Stephanie Hubbard.

4-17 Varsity Home Vs Dodgeville
Varsity suffered a tough loss to Dodgeville, falling 2-0. The Cheesemakers had opportuinities, but could just not get the ball in the net.

4-17 JV Home Vs Dodgeville
The JV team turned in a dominating performance in their 1 – 0 win against a big Dodgeville team. The young Cheesemakers squad put constant pressure on the opponents’ defense with sound passing, movement off the ball and 35 shots on goal. Tiffany Lozoya played a standout game at right forward, attempting 14 shots and beating her opponent on almost every play. Gail LaVoie scored the goal in the 23rd minute of the first half off an assist from Mikala McKee. Nicole Prophett, Pink Wongwilawan and Chrissy Marti pressured with many shots of their own. Melissa Hill graciously came down from the Varsity team to help at goal keeper and defensive mid and played an integral part in setting up the many goal scoring opportunities. Hill and the defensive efforts of Kelly Schmid, Lindsey Beuhler, LaVoie, McKenzie Bruce, Sara Heitkamp and Stephanie Hubbard denied all efforts to reach our goal. The combined goal keeping efforts of Hill, Marti and LaVoie earned the shutout.

4-19 Varsity Away at Edgewood
Varsity lost 7-1, goal scored by Caitie Eiserman, assisted by Pam Lehman late in the 2nd half.

The JV suffered a tough road loss 3-0. The Lady Cheesemakers came out flat against a quick, very physical team and gave up all three goals in the first half. Play was primarily in the defensive third of the field the entire first half with Monroe attempting just three shots on goal. The girls came out fired up to play in the second half - keeping possesion of the ball for extended periods and taking 14 shots on goal. Chrissy Marti and Gail LaVoie shared goalkeeping duties and racked up 23 saves.

4-24 Varsity Home Vs Stoughton
The moral victories keep piling up for the girls soccer squad, but so do the tallies in the loss column. Monroe limited the effectiveness of Stoughton's scoring threat Chelsea Kittleson, but other Vikings stepped to the foreground as the Cheesemakers fell 2-0 Tuesday night at home.

Kittleson scored a hat trick in Stoughton's 8-0 victory last season, but only got on the scoresheet Tuesday for an assist. Monroe head coach Miriam O'Neill was pleased with the Cheesemakers knack for winning the 50-50 challenges, but the offense continues to struggle finishing on scoring opportunities even as the team gains confidence.

"They really have to start figuring out how to finish," O'Neill said. "This year the girls are realizing that they are as good as Stoughton."

The match showcased a lot of up-and-down action, and the Vikings scored the game-winner in the 30th minute, when Morgan Potter went up the middle of the pitch and beat goalkeeper Niahm O'Neill-Culhane. Morgan MacKenzie added an insurance goal in the second half to keep Monroe at bay. The Cheesemakers try again to spell their losing streak at home Thursday against Verona, the clear-cut favorite in the conference this season, as well as many years past.

4-24 JV Home Vs Stoughton
The JV girls took on a talented Stoughton team and notched their first conference win of the season 1 - 0. The Lady Cheesemakers started the game on fire, dominating play the entire first half and working the off-side trap to the tune of 10 sweet calls. After many unsuccessful attempts to net a goal, at the 23rd minute Sierra Neuenschwander was fouled by the touch line on the offensive end of the field. Awarded a direct kick at the 23rd minute, she responded by placing a well kicked ball to the back post sweet spot and Nicole Prophett was there to one-touch the ball into the back of the net. Keeping up the intensity but playing against the wind the second half, Monroe successfully fought off an onslaught of good shots. The defensive efforts of Kelly Schmid, McKenzie Bruce, Lindsey Beuhler, Sara Heitkamp and Mikala McKee denied the opponent time after time while Chrissy Marti, Stephanie Hubbard, Neuenschwander, Prophett, Pink Wongwilawan, Tiffany Lozoya, Rikka Nelson and Jenny Buol put constant pressure on the Stoughton defense. Goalkeeper Gail LaVoie made 18 saves during the game to preserve the win.

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2006 Results

Tue, 3-28 @ Belleville Vs Sugar River 7 PM            (L) 2-0
Thu, 3-30 @ Honey Creek Vs Platteville 4:30 PM    (L) 5-0
Sat, 4-1 @ Wisconsin Heights 11 AM                  (WIN) 4-1
Thu, 4-6 @ Honey Creek Vs McFarland 5 PM          (L) 8-0
From The Monroe Times:
Fresh off a 4-1 victory Saturday against Wisconsin Heights, the Monroe girls soccer team was hoping for some momentum to take into Thursday's Badger Conference opener against McFarland. The Cheesemakers ran into more than they bargained for, dropping an 8-0 decision.
"They were a stronger, more-experienced team," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said. "They have a very strong midfield. Our defense never gave up, and our offense had a few nice counterattacks."
In Saturday's game, Beth Hoesley had two goals for the Cheesemakers. Nora Perry and Pam Lehman also scored in the game. "It was nice to get a win," O'Neill said. "The midfield created some real nice opportunities. We scored on a rebound and got a lot of shots on goal."
Monroe is 1-3 on the season.
Thu, 4-13 @ Monona Grove 5 PM (L) 11-0
Tue, 4-18 @ Dodgeville 5 PM (L) 9-0
From The Monroe Times:
Kaylee Treloff scored four first-half goals as Dodgeville put eight in the net in the first half of a 9-0 non-conference girls soccer victory Tuesday over Monroe.
"They just wanted it more than we did; we were not very fired up in the first half," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill-Culhane said. "They had two quick goals and it just took the wind out of our sails."
In the second half the Cheesemakers tightened up the defense, allowing just one goal but were not able to get the ball in their opponents' net. Monroe is 1-5 and hosts Madison Edgewood on Thursday at Honey Creek Park.
Thu, 4-20 @ Honey Creek Vs Madison Edgewood 5 PM (L) 5-1
From The Monroe Times:
The Monroe girls soccer game against Madison Edgewood on Thursday was a tale of two halves.
Monroe (1-6 overall, 0-3 Badger South) played fairly even with the Crusaders in the first half, trailing 2-1 at halftime. But the Crusaders (3-2-2 overall, 2-0-2 Badger South) responded with three goals in the second half for a 5-1 Badger South win.
"We've talked about playing our own game and not getting overwhelmed by the competition," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said, "and I thought they stepped it up today. They were more assertive and took more control of the game."
The game got off to a bad start for Monroe as Edgewood's Laura Mattix scored a minute into the game. Lee Owen scored four minutes later to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead.
The Monroe defense clamped down the rest of the half. Monroe defender Pam Lehman and goalie Niamh O'Neill-Culhane stopped good scoring opportunities throughout the game. Lehman prevented a Crusader score in the first half when O'Neill-Culhane had charged a defender. Lehman cleared the ball just before it reached the goal.
Junior Nora Perry scored Monroe's goal at the 14-minute mark of the first half from a tough angle. Perry's shot from left of the goal nicked the crossbar and hit off the right post before dropping in the goal.
"I was just so excited that we scored a goal against Edgewood," Lehman said. "They're so good. We were all excited that we were doing so well and were in the game at halftime."
Owen scored again for the Crusaders in the second half. Kenzie Schleicher and Laura Bruemmer scored the final two goals for Edgewood.
Edgewood coach Chris Martinelli said his players did a good job of making the adjustments asked of them during halftime.
"We had a lapse or two that we were unhappy about," Martinella said, "but for the most part we pulled things together and generated nice results. We did a nice job of cleaning things up in the second half."
O'Neill said her team is improving but still learning.
"We're taking that extra touch on the ball that we do not need to take," O'Neill said. "We take too many open touches rather than seeing the open goal and going for the shot."
Monroe next plays Tuesday at Stoughton.
Tue, 4-25 @ Stoughton 5 PM (L)
Thu, 4-27 @ Verona 5 PM (L)
Sat, 4-29 @ DeForest 9:30 AM (L)
Tue, 5-2 @ Honey Creek Vs Oregon 5 PM (L) 1-0
Thu, 5-5 @ Whitewater Quad Noon / 7 PM

The Monroe girls soccer team picked up its third win of the season at Friday's quadrangular at Whitewater.
Monroe lost a 1-0 decision to Janesville Parker in the opening game. The lone goal came in the last minute of play.
The Cheesemakers (3-12) defeated Beloit Memorial 1-0 on a second-half goal by Beth Hoesly.
Tue, 5-9 @ Badger Conference Tourney, Round 1 5 PM

BARABOO -- The Monroe girls soccer team lost its opening game of the Badger Conference soccer tournament 4-1 at Baraboo.
Erin Solawetz's goal closed Monroe's deficit to 2-1 before the Thunderbirds scored two more goals to put the game away.
"We did not have good communication or make good decions in the first half," Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill said.
Monroe hosts Mt. Horeb next Tuesday.
Tue, 5-16 @ Honey Creek Vs Mt. Horeb 5 PM (L)
Fri, 5-19 @ Honey Creek Vs Evansville 5 PM (L)
Thu, 5-25 Regional Game Vs McFarland at Mt. Horeb
MT. HOREB -- The Monroe girls soccer team's season came to a close Thursday with a 6-0 loss to top-seeded McFarland in the regional opener in Mt. Horeb.
The Cheesemakers had lost by eight goals to the Spartans earlier in the season, and Monroe coach Miriam O'Neill noted definite improvement by her team.

"I thought our defense did a good job against their two top scorers," O'Neill said. "Pam Lehman had a fantastic game (at sweeper). The midfield did a nice job."
O'Neill said she was happy of the way her team battled every game despite often playing better and more experienced teams. "They never gave up in a single game and they gave a tremendous effort." Monroe's season ends with a 3-16 record.

Beth Hoesley
Pam Lehman
Nora Perry
Erin Solawetz

Saturday, October 14
Monroe Cheesemakers Varsity Soccer Team

Fall, 2006 Season

Coached by John Harris
Yr   #   Name
11      Nate Barta
10  25 Luke Calaway
11  40 Dylan Boehme
12  13 Bill Farrar
11  17 Matt Farrar 1Y
12  20 Michael Fricks
12  8  Kyle Frint
12  10 Tim Gellings
12  47 Justin Griffin
11  44 Nick Hendrickson
11  NA Bill Hubbard
11  32 Kyle Klopfenstein 5Y
12  21 Ben Knaus
12  11 Derek Kundert
12  12 Zach Lavoie 2Y
12  7  Dan Lehman 1Y
11  18 Connor Lind
12  9  Marco Mimbela 4Y
12  6  Adam Schutz
10  33 Jordan Steiner
11  16 Brad Zumkehr 1Y

41 Goals For
53 Goals Against

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Aug-22 Away at Reedsburg @ 5:00
WIN 2-1! Monroe traveled to Reedsburg to take on the Beavers. At 12 minutes into the contest, Derek Kundert mad a nice pass to Marco, sprining Marco on his way towards the goal. Marco unleashed a shot that the keeper had no chance stopping to give Monroe the 1-0 lead. And that would be the score at the half.

The second half looked as though Monroe might win this one 1-0, but with 15 minutes remaining, the Beavers capitalized on our inability to clear and tied the game at one. Then, with just moments remaining, Monroe once again was applying pressure and Brad Zumkehr took a shot that found its way into the goal giving Monroe its 2-1 victory! Monroe has tied their total wins of last year with this opening game victory!

Aug-24 HOME De Forest @ 5:00
From The Monroe Times:
MONROE -- The Monroe Cheesemakers soccer team is showing promise in the early season. Last year at this time, the young Monroe squad was licking its wounds after lopsided losses. But two games into the 2006 season, the Cheesemakers are still without a loss.

At Thursday's home opener, Monroe played DeForest to a 2-2 tie. Monroe senior Marco Mimbela scored a goal five minutes into the game and added a second goal in the early second half, giving him three goals in two games.

Monroe (1-0-1) controlled much of the early part of the game, getting several scoring chances. Mimbela scored at the 4:45 mark after forward Dan Lehman hit the right post with a shot.

"We're looking a lot better than last year," Monroe coach John Harris said. "We're living up to our physical capabilities, but we're not quite there yet mentally. You have such a short amount of time to get ready before the season, and that's biting us right now. One day it's going to click."

Monroe had several other chances to add a second goal but could never punch another one in during the first half. "I think if we could have put another goal in we could have sealed the deal in the first half," Harris said. "But unfortunately we let them get back into it with a first half goal."

DeForest, which lost 5-1 against Madison Edgewood on Tuesday, managed only five shots on goal in the first half to Monroe's eight. Norskie junior Taylor Stofflett scored the equalizer at the 17:46 mark, and the score remained 1-1 at halftime.

"At moments tonight we looked really good and exactly how I want to look," DeForest coach Jon Rouse said. "Again we came out flat-footed -- the same problem we had the other night."

Rouse was impressed with Monroe's steady play. "Monroe came out hard," he said. "They showed that they wanted to play right away. The two forwards that they have (Mimbela and Lehman) are very fast. We're very lucky that they didn't get another goal or two in the first half. To our guys' credit, we got things together and our captains took charge."

Mimbela put the Cheesemakers ahead 2-1 about 11 minutes into the second half. He received a long pass, touched it past the defense and ran past the defenders for a one-on-one opportunity against the goalie. His low shot from the left side found the back of the net.

"We're playing good," Mimbela said. "We just have to keep playing hard. We missed a lot of shots." DeForest tied the game on a goal by junior Michael Bollig. Bollig's shot came after a throw-in.

Monroe plays at the Madison La Follette Invitational on Saturday. "If we win two, then we play a third for the championship," Harris said. "I want to play three."

Aug-26 Away Madison LaFollette Quad @ 9:00
By Times staff
MADISON -- After a sluggish loss in their first game on Saturday, the Monroe Cheesemakers' soccer team bounced back for a 6-0 win at Madison La Follette.

Playing at 9 a.m., Monroe played a foul-filled game against the host team. Trailing 2-0 in the second half, senior Tim Gellings scored a goal for Monroe with ten minutes left in the game. But the Cheesemakers couldn't put in the equalizer, losing 2-1. "I thought we could have done a lot better," Monroe coach John Harris said.

In the second game, senior Marco Mimbela scored four goals as Monroe beat Dodgeville/Mineral Point 6-0. Dan Lehman and Ben Knauss had the other two goals. "We were physically stronger than they were," Harris said. "They had a young team, much like we were last year."

Monroe starts a tough stretch in its schedule this week, playing twice on the road. On Tuesday, Monroe plays at Janesville Parker. On Thursday, the Cheesemakers travel to Mt. Horeb. Both games begin at 7 p.m., with a junior-varsity game preceding.

Monroe is now 2-1-1 on the young season.

Aug-29 Away Janesville Parker Varisty @ 7:00
Monroe traveled to Janesville Parker to take on the Vikings. The game started out with much of the play in the middle of the field to in front of keeper Nate Barta. But at 30 minutes, Dan Lehman worked the ball down the right side and sprung a thru ball in behind the defense to set Marco free. The rest is history. Marco dribbled in and passed the ball by the keeper for the 1-0 Monroe lead. Less than one minute later, following the Janesville kick-off, Brad Zumkehr cleared the ball down the left side, once again setting Marco in motion. This time, as the defender chased Marco, Marco passed the ball to an open Dan who put the second goal in the net for Monroe.

At the beginning of the second half, Monroe earned a corner kick. Bill Farrar raced in to take the kick, and sent the ball in the area of Marco. Marco's quick shot gave Monroe a 3-0 lead. The final score for Monroe came at the 57 minute mark, when Ben Knaus directed a free kick onto the head of Kyle Klopfenstein. His redirection scored Monroe's 4th goal.

The Cheesemakers held on to earn their third win and back-to-back shutouts by Nate Barta! Excellent team play in this game boys. Good luck at Mt. Horeb, Thursday.

News from The Monroe Times...
By Mike Leverton
Times Sports Editor
MONROE -- What a difference a year makes.

Last season, the Monroe boys soccer team struggled mightily in its first full season as a varsity program. The Cheesemakers earned only one win a year ago.
Fast forward to this season -- the team has the same coach and same players, with the addition of one transfer student. But the early results say this year's squad is ready to make some noise.

Perhaps it already has, compiling a 3-1-1 record. Forward Marco Mimbela, who attended school in Brodhead for five years after moving there from his native Peru, has had no trouble fitting in with his new teammates. Mimbela has nine goals in the early going. Mimbela offers a talent no coach can teach -- speed.

"I've never played with anyone as fast as Marco before," senior Tim Gellings said. "Now we have someone with phenomenal speed up front that we can get the ball to and who can put the ball in the back of the net."

Mimbela transferred from Brodhead to Monroe for one reason -- to play soccer. He joined the Rebels' high school soccer team in mid-season last year and got the itch to play competitive soccer again. "I missed the competition and playing on the big field," Mimbela said. "I've played soccer since I was 3 years old. Then I stopped because Brodhead didn't have a soccer team. I started playing Rebels last year at the end of the season, and I really liked playing again."

Undoubtedly, more than one player has contributed to Monroe's improvement. Heading into the program's inaugural varsity season last year, the Cheesemakers had plenty of unknowns. They hadn't faced varsity competition before, and they didn't know what to expect from new coach John Harris.

The Cheesemakers lost only six seniors from last year and replaced them with 14 freshmen, all of whom are competing on the junior-varsity team. The JV squad also has seen success, winning its first three games.

Heading into the first day of practice this year, the returning players knew what coach Harris expected. They came back in better shape as a whole and were as prepared as possible for Harris' emphasis on conditioning. At the first practice, the team ran six miles.

"Most of us did a lot of preseason training," Gellings said, "doing a lot of running. So we were already in a lot better shape. We knew where (coach Harris) was coming from and what he wanted." The team's camaraderie was evident well before the first practice. The players got together to watch the World Cup, even if they weren't all cheering for the same team.

"I was cheering for Brazil," Mimbela said. Another improved area for the Cheesemakers is its defense. The team earned its first shutout at Saturday's Madison La Follette tournament, a 6-0 win over Dodgeville-Mineral Point. Then on Tuesday, the Cheesemakers defeated Janesville Parker 4-0 for their second straight shutout. "The defense was outstanding," Harris said. "They worked their tails off."

Two defenders even won a bet with Harris. Harris told Matt Farrar and Ben Knaus before the Dodgeville-Mineral Point game that if either of them scored a goal, he would buy each of them a box of Milky Ways. Knaus responded by scoring a goal.

Junior Nate Barta is getting more comfortable in front of the goal, and last year's goalie, Dan Lehman, is shining in his new role up front at forward. Lehman has scored a goal in two straight games. Now, there's no question among the Cheesemakers whether or not they can win. They are going into games expecting to win -- and are disappointed when they don't.

"We went to the tournament last Saturday and won one game," Gellings said. "I think that gave us a confidence boost because coming off all those losses last year dragged us down. We're definitely competitors now this year."

Mimbela said he has no doubt the Cheesemakers should have beaten Madison La Follette, the only team to hand Monroe a loss. If the wins keep coming, perhaps more Milky Ways will too.

Aug-31 Away Mt. Horeb @ 7:00
Monroe goes to Mt. Horeb, takes on the team and the referees, plays a double overtime match (100 minutes), and comes away with a 2-2 tie. Monroe, this game shows that you guys can play with these other HS teams. Great Job Cheesemakers! After falling behind 2-0 at the 17 minute mark, it looked like the boys were going to drop this game. But they kept battling and battling. Then, just two minutes into the second half, Tim passed to Marco and Marco beat the keeper to cut the deficit to 2-1. Then, at the 57 minute mark, Tim beat the keeper to tie the score at 2-2. Officiating was questionable all game long, with many of the calls looking like "home field cooking". But the Cheesemakers are one tough group of boys, battling back to a 2-2 tie.

Hats off to Nate Barta and the defense (Ben, Jordan, Zach, Matt, Connor and Bill (10 minutes)). Tim and the midfielders, Derek, Adam, Nick and Kyle - Way to Play Tough! And forwards Dan, Marco, Brad and Luke - way to keep the pressure on! You might get them again in the Mt. Horeb Invitational!

Monroe's record now stands at 3W - 1L - 2T. Exciting Soccer!

Sep-05 Away Stoughton @ 7:00
By Mike Leverton

Times Sports Editor

STOUGHTON -- As school started on Tuesday, the Monroe soccer team learned some valuable lessons.

Monroe's Dan Lehman, right, controls the ball while fending off a defender during Tuesday's Badger South opener at Stoughton. The Vikings began their defense of the conference title by beating the Cheesemakers handily, 4-0. For the first time all season, the Cheesemakers were never in the game in a 4-0 loss Tuesday to Badger South defending champion Stoughton.

"Perhaps the game will ground us a bit," Monroe coach John Harris said. "We didn't follow our system, and it showed. If we stick with it, we'll have better results."

Stoughton poured it on early against the slow-starting Cheesemakers. The Vikings struck at the 4:35 mark on a beautiful header by Malcom Calbert on a corner kick by Tyler Nordness. They added a second goal nine minutes later on a breakaway by sophomore Jake Thiermann.

"Unfortunately, our bad habits caught up with us in terms of starting slow," Harris said. "Maybe it was one of those letdown games, when you have a really hard match and you invest your heart and soul into it, and no matter what you do you can't get up for the next game."

Harris was referring to Monroe's 2-2 tie with perennial power Mount Horeb last Thursday. Monroe played two overtimes in that game to earn the tie.

On Tuesday, the Cheesemakers never really got going in the first half. The best scoring chances came off the leg of senior Marco Mimbela. At the 14-minute mark, Mimbela crossed the ball in front of the goal that the Stoughton goalie couldn't reach, but no one was able to corral it for a shot on goal.

A few minutes later, Mimbela had a close shot in a one-on-one situation with a goalie but his shot was stopped. Mimbela left the game moments later with a lower leg injury.

The Vikings added a third goal before halftime. After a Monroe pass was intercepted, Stoughton standout Josh Thiermann raced past everyone and beat goalie Nate Barta for a 3-0 lead. Stoughton coach David Wermuth said his team (4-1, 2-0 Badger South) has the goal of repeating as conference champions.

"We were moving the ball well in the middle," Wermuth said, "and Alex Mesdjian controlled the back. The defense held, and they didn't have many shots on goal." Stoughton added its final goal five minutes into the second half. Thiermann had space in front of Barta on the right side of the goal; but instead of shooting, he passed the ball to a teammate with a better angle, finding Calbert for his second goal of the game.

After making a mental mistake on the ensuing kickoff by picking up a teammate's pass with his hands, Barta responded well with some spectacular saves. Two minutes after the previous goal, Barta stopped Thiermann on a breakaway opportunity. Not long after that, he sniped the ball from a Stoughton player who appeared to have an easy shot at the goal. Barta didn't nab the ball with his initial dive, but crawled and stole it away at the last second.

Barta said the game was something the team can build on. "I think it was a great game to show that we still have a lot of work to do to," Barta said. "We won a few games, and we were feeling good, and it was a good time to get knocked down and start all over again." While the Cheesemakers played much better in the second half, they were never able to punch in a goal.

"We passed more and there was more talking (in the second half)," Barta said. "We hustled to the ball better." Monroe won the junior-varsity match 1-0 despite being outshot 20-3. After weathering three straight games away from home, Monroe hosts Platteville on Thursday in a non-conference game.

Sep-07 HOME Platteville @ 5:00
Write-up to follow: Monroe beats Platteville going away 3-1. After falling behind 1-0 at the 17 minute mark, Monroe storms back and scores three unanswered goals. Marco scores two and Kyle nets a header off a corner from Ben. Dan and Tim assisted on Marco's goals! Monroe is now 4W - 2L - 2T. Awesome boys!

Sep-12 HOME Oregon @ 5:00
Monroe played Oregon on a soaked Honey Creek field and and is taught a number of lessons. Oregon wins this one going away by a 5-0 victory over the Cheesemakers.

Sep-14 Away Evansville @ 5:00
What was expected to be a win turned into one ugly performance by the Cheesemakers. Evansville made some plays and scored two goals in the 2-0 win. Nate Barta kept the Cheesemakers close, but the offense never really got on track until late in the game. Keep working and good luck next week!

Sep-19 HOME Verona @ 5:00
Lost 5-0

Sep-23 Away Whitewater Tournament @ 10:00
Defeated Whitewater 3-2
Lost to Antioch 3-2

Goal scorers were: Marco with two, Brad, Dan and Tim with 1

Sep-26 Away Madison Edgewood Both Games @ 4:30
Lost 2-1. Marco scored the Cheesemaker's lone goal.

Oct-03 HOME Monona Grove @ 5:00
The Cheesemakers took on Monona Grove at Honey Creek and battled for 80 minutes. One minute into the game, MG was on instant attack and put one into the net for the early 1-0 lead. Monroe kept battling and at 24 minutes, Dylan chested a ball that ended up by Nick. Nick shot and put the ball into the net for the tying goal! Nice shot Nick! At 37 minutes, MG was on the attack and made a nice move around Nate for the 2-1 lead. And that was the score into the half.

30 seconds into the second half, Dan found himself off to the left of the MG keeper. Dan unleashed a beautiful shot that beat the keeper and found the back of the net for the tying score. The two teams battled back and forth with both teams missing scoring chances. But at 69 minutes, MG was able to score the tie breaking goal and win this game 3-2.

Oct-05 HOME Sugar River @ 4:30
Cheesemakers play the team they lost to last year 9-0, and improved! The final in this game was 4-0 Sugar River.

Oct-07 Away Platteville @ 10:00
Cheesemakers traveled to Platteville but come up short, 4-1. Marco Mimbela scored the lone goal for Monroe.

Oct-10 Away McFarland @ 5:00
MCFARLAND -- As its season approaches its close, Monroe's soccer squad put forth a performance that has proven far too familiar as of late.

McFarland took advantage of two turnovers deep in Monroe territory to hang a pair of scores in the first five minutes of the match en route to a 4-1 victory. Blake Beetham was the opportunist as he corralled both giveaways and put easy shots past helpless goalie Nate Barta.

"We have a really bad habit of giving up a goal really early on," Monroe coach John Harris said. To add insult to injury, the Cheesemakers continued another disturbing trend as they allowed a third goal with less than four minutes remaining in the half. Fullback Anthony Heller simply outran the Monroe defense and ripped a shot past Barta to grab a 3-0 halftime lead.

Marco Mimbela managed the lone Monroe score in the 50th minute, as he received a great through-ball, beat the last defender and slipped a shot past the goalie. The Cheesemakers would have several opportunities to draw closer late in the match as they put together a passing exhibition, but failed to finish several times.
"This could have easily been a 4-4 tie," Harris said.
Monroe wraps up its regular season at 4:30 p.m. Thursday against Baraboo at home.

Oct-12 HOME Baraboo @ 4:30
By Mike Leverton
Times Sports Editor
MONROE -- It was cold. It was rainy. It was snowing.
While the Monroe soccer team undoubtedly would rather have played in better conditions, the players had reason to celebrate after the game. With the Monroe seniors playing their final game at Honey Creek Park, the Cheesemakers outlasted both the Baraboo Thunderbirds and the elements to walk away with a 2-1 win in a Badger Conference crossover game.

"I've never seen weather like this before for soccer," Monroe coach John Harris said. Cold temperatures and wind greeted players to start the game. By the start of the second half, snow began to fall. Then both the snowfall and wind picked up as the snow fell at an almost horizontal angle.

The Cheesemakers played directly against the wind in the first half and allowed one goal. The defense and midfielders controlled the ball with short passing while Monroe had possession.

Baraboo's scored its lone goal directly after a throw-in at the 25th minute. Kevin Luck found open space right in front of the Monroe goal, leaving goalie Nate Barta helpless as Luck blasted a shot to the back of the net.

Monroe's best scoring chance in the first half had come a few minutes earlier. Senior Marco Mimbela crossed a ball right to left, which Dan Lehman headed toward the goal. But Thunderbird goalie Scott Green was able to handle the attempt.

"It was a pretty good half, everything considered," Harris said. "We did a lot of passing, especially against the wind." The Cheesemakers knotted up the score in the 45th minute, as Justin Griffin scored on an assist by Matt Farrar. Lehman struck 12 minutes later after a pass by Mimbela, completing the game's scoring.

The Thunderbirds had two quality scoring chances after Monroe's second goal, but Barta was up to the task both times. He made a sliding save in the 70th minute after a Baraboo attacker had broken free inside the box.

"Nate (Barta) had to do less today," Harris said, "which meant the defense was doing well. I'd rather he had a boring day." Monroe will play three games Saturday at the Mount Horeb Invitational, which begins at 9 a.m.

Oct-14 Away Mt. Horeb Invite 9:00
In their first game of the tourney, Monroe took on Dodgeville, a team they defeated earlier in the season. And they picked up where they left off! Nine minutes in, Marco passed across the goal to Dan who blasted the ball into the net for the first score. As much as they pressured, no more goals could be scored in the first half.

Early in the second half, the standard defensive breakdown gave Dodgeville a great opportunity and they tied the score at 1. But that score was Monroe's wake-up call. At 41 minutes, Marco scored on a nice pass from Tim. Then one minute later, Marco scored again from Tim. Then at 51 minutes, the prettiest goal of the game occurred: Ben took a corner that found Kyle's head for the 4th and final goal of the 4-1 victory.

The second game was against Wisconsin Heights, and the Cheesemakers continued their dominant play. Four minutes in, Dan fed Marco how finished for the 1-0 lead. Just 3 minutes later, Derek was feeding the Badger South scoring champion with his second goal of the game! Then just after the Wisconsin Height's kick-off, Marco picked up the ball and took it all the way down for the third goal and HATRICK. Way to Go Marco - Way to go MONROE!

Coach Harris then gave his reserve players an opportunity to play, getting them ready for next year!

Just after the second half kick-off, Tim fed Derek who blasted the ball into the net for the 4-0 Monroe lead. At 33 minutes, Wisconsin Heights was able to get a goal in for a 4-1 score. But at 46 minutes, Adam dribbled the defenders and scored for the Cheesemakers 5-1 victory!

The final game was against Mt. Horeb. This is the team Monroe tied 2-2 in double overtime, but that was the only game played that day. The Cheesemakers had already played two games, so this one would be tough. Mt Horeb scored a pair in both halves and won this game 4-0. But this was another strong week of soccer, winning three of their last 4 games played!

Oct-19 Away McFarland @ 6:00Come On Monroe - You Guys can DO IT!!!

Oct-21 Away Regional Final
Oct-26 Away Sectional Semi-Final
Oct-28 Away Sectional Final
Nov-02 Away State
Nov-03 Away State
Nov-04 Away State

And here are last year's stats!

Tuesday, October 10
Monroe Cheesemakers JV Soccer Team
Team Managers: Bill Hubbard, Liz Knutson

Coached by Tony Stamm
Yr        #        Name
11  15  Trevor Arn
9   3  Andrew Aurit
9   48  Jakob Baertschi
10  22  Dan Becker
10  28  Dylan Blum
9    36  Gottlieb Brandli
9        Jonathon Elmer
9    29  Kevin Frint
9    34  Patrick Gellings
9    31  Mason Goff
10  14  Kyle Golackson
9    30  Michael Gross
9    4  Andrew (A.J.) Guerin
10  41  Jacob Koch (Cook)
10  42  Cody Meighan
9    37  Kyle Netzel
9    2    Ciaran O'Neill
9    39  James Perry
9    1    Timothy Sanft
10  5    Logan Stamm
10  38  Josh Stephenson
9    19  Jordan Steurer
10  46  Andrew Swanston
10  26  Brandon Wilson

12 Goals For
3 Goals Against

Aug-22 Defeated Reedsburg 4-0! Goals scored by Kevin Frint, Mason Goff, Michael Gross and Brandon Wilson!

Aug-24 Defeated DeForest 2-1! Goals were scored by Kevin Frint and Andrew Aurit.

Aug-29 Defeated Janesville Parker 3-0. Goals were scored by Andrew Aurit, Mason Goff and Dylan Blum! JV is now an undefeated 3-0 on the y0oung season.

Aug-31 JV suffers first loss to Mt. Horeb, falling 2-1. Mt. Horeb had only 1 freshman on their JV roster. Monroe held the 1-0 lead before giving up 2 second half goals. Monroe's goal was scored by Michael Gross. Keep work guys!

Sep-5 JV bounces back and defeats a strong Stoughton team 1-0 on a goal by Michael Gross.

Sep-7 JV comes home and defeats a strong Plattevile squad 1-0. Andrew Aurit scored the game winner while Dan Becker and the defense earn another shutout!

Sep-12 JV drops a game to Oregon in the rain 1-0.

Sep-14 JV plays hard and ties Evansville 1-1.

Whitewater Tournament

The Monroe cheesemaker's JV team WON the JV Tournament in Whitewater, winning both their games! Way to go BOYS!

Oct-7 JV ties Platteville 1-1

Oct-10 JV ties McFarland 1-1