PDC Girls Soccer & Softball Teams Open Seasons with Win

The first game played by the Prairie du Chien, Seneca, and River Ridge cooperative girls soccer team proved to be a good one. On Friday, April 1st, the Hawks traveled to LaCrosse Logan to take on the Rangers in the Hawk’s first game of the season and the first game as a three-school cooperative. The game was the first opportunity for the Hawks to play on a lined field this season, as poor weather has complicated the Hawk’s ability to practice outside. That fact did not prevent the Hawks from coming away with a win.

In Varsity action, the Hawks came out strong and controlled the game early. The Hawks’ attack looked strong and was led by midfielders Emilee Snyder and Tessa Czajkowski Higgins in the center. Outside midfielders Kylee Rogers and Karina Palacios provided solid assistance, allowing the Hawks to keep the ball in their scoring half for significant portions of the game. In the 20th minute, following a throw-in, Czajkowski Higgins received a pass from Bre Dudgeon and was able to break free and attack through the middle, connecting on a left-footed strike through traffic. The Hawks maintained their aggressive offensive efforts, which paid off again in the 35th minute. Czajkowski Higgins was making a run in the penalty box and was fouled. The foul earned the Hawks a penalty kick, which Czajkowski Higgins connected on, making the score 2-0 heading into halftime.

The second half was a more even half, with both teams playing hard on offense and defense. Forwards MaKenna Forde, Ava Forde, Jasmine Olmstead, and Sadie Torgerson continued tremendous efforts, with Ava Forde nearly connecting on a shot on goal. The Hawks’ goal was well protected throughout the evening, with the defensive line led by seniors Clare Fritsche and Hailie Myers, and supported on the outside by Seneca athletes, Bre Dudgeon and Hannah Dudgeon.  Jillian Kruempel and Kayli Kruk made significant contributions to the defensive effort, which allowed very few shots by the Rangers. The Hawks goalkeeper for the evening, Addee Torgerson, earned the first “clean sheet” of her career, making five saves on the evening and allowing zero goals. The final score ended with the Hawks prevailing 2-0.

In JV action, the young Hawks team fought hard throughout the entire game, but was unable to hit the back of the net. The final result of the JV game was 0-3, with the Rangers prevailing.

Allison Kennedy’s walk-off in the bottom of the 7th started the PDC Ladyhawks softball season in exciting fashion. PdC tied it up 1-1 in the bottom of the 6th with a single by Kailee Quick that scored a run. In the bottom of the 7th, the top of the order was up. Scout Hall reaches 1st on an error. Emma Wall sacrifice bunts her to 2nd. Ally Wall then hits a grounder that advances Scout to 3rd. With 2 outs, Allison Kennedy hit a grounder through the infield to score Scout Hall to win the game.

Scout Hall took the win on the mound allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 4K and 0 walks. PdC scored 2 runs on 7 hits and had 3K and 1 walk. Emma Wall was 2-3 to lead the batting.