Girls soccer team earns No. 1 seed

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Rob Reischel
Tavi Tanin and Middleton's girls soccer team earned the No. 1 seed in their sectional./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Mary Duffy was awfully happy leaving the postseason seeding meeting last Wednesday.

Now, Duffy hopes to be just as happy two weeks from now.

Middleton received the No. 1 seed in its sectional and will open the postseason by hosting 16th-seeded Madison La Follette in a regional semifinal Thursday at 7 p.m. at Firefighters Park. If the Cardinals win there, they’ll host the winner of eighth-seeded Mukwonago and ninth-seeded Verona in a regional final Saturday.

The sectional semifinals are June 8, and Middleton would be the host school if it’s still alive. The sectional finals are June 10 at Sun Prairie at 7 p.m.

“I was glad leaving the (seeding) meeting … that we were able to get the first seed,” Duffy said. “It speaks to the schedule that the girls went through and their winning of the Big Eight title.

“Winning the Big Eight was a big step to what we want to accomplish. We did our job in the regular season to help set us up the best we could for the postseason. So while we did what we needed to do to get home field advantage until the sectional finals, we still have a tough road.”

Middleton is gunning for its first trip to state since 2013, the fifth in school history and seemingly has a team capable of reaching all of its goals. The Cardinals went 6-1 in their final seven games and rallied to win the Big Eight Conference by one point over Madison West.

The Regents are the No. 2 seed in the sectional and loom as a potential opponent in the sectional finals. Third-seeded Sun Prairie, No. 4 Oconomowoc and No. 5 Kettle Moraine could also be extremely dangerous opponents.

“It will be difficult road to state, but what an exciting challenge to face and knowing that we have the tools and talent and ability to make a solid go at making it to state,” Duffy said. “And with the success we have had lately, the team is starting to see the potential of what this team could do. 

“The girls are ready. They are stepping up their intensity and focus knowing that it is win or go home, and with nine seniors on the rosters, they know all too well how quickly a year can come to a close to lack of focus or intensity.”

Middleton has proven time and time again this year it can play with some of the top teams in the state. Now, Duffy wants to see her Cardinals do exactly that over the next two weeks.

“Our ability is there to play against the top teams in the state,” she said. “To help us get there, we need to stay focused and stay consistent in our play. It will be a tough road to play some of the top teams in the Big Eight and then add some quality teams in our sectional. 

“With nine seniors who know the consequence of not winning at this point and most knowing what it feels like to leave earlier than wanted or thought we would, I know that each of them will push the rest of the team in practices, in games, and that in each game, all energy will be left on the field. We hope that with our home field advantage that the community and school population will help bring us their energy on that field.”

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