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Rob Reischel
Middleton freshman midfielder Tyler Wilson was named second-team all-Big Eight Conference./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

To the victors go the spoils.

Middleton’s girls soccer team had a tremendous season and captured the Big Eight Conference championship. Not surprisingly, the Cardinals dominated when it came to all-conference voting.

Senior forward Maya Shea, senior midfielder Kalli Acker and junior defender Emily Duecker were all named first-team all-conference. Freshman midfielder Tyler Wilson received second-team all-league honors, while senior forwards Payton Houden and Tessa Grywalsky, sophomore midfielder Charlotte Dunn, senior defender Lexey Grapentine, sophomore defender Emily Raisleger and junior Lexi Schultz were all named honorable-mention all-conference.

Shea led the Cardinals with 16 goals and ranked third with six assists. Shea received the most votes among forwards in the Big Eight, which put her in the running for Conference Player of the Year honors, as well.

She had a quiet, but productive season,” Duffy said of Shea. “She is one of our best forwards that plays intense defense to help us win the ball higher in our attacking half. 

“Her defense is what led her to be so successful on the field her four years on varsity, and her teammates recognized her hard work and voted her to be captain this year.”

Acker was Middleton’s anchor in the middle of the field. Acker finished with five assists, one goal and received the most votes of any midfielder in the Big Eight.

She is the rock of the midfielders and can and does everything possible to help the team,” Duffy said of Acker. “For the past two years as captain, she has led by example, working hard in and out of practice and games. 

“She is one of our players with the best vision, and while her goal stats are not as high as others, she also is the start of our offense with numerous diagonal passes to streaking outside midfielders who either scored or had dangerous possession for us in our attaching 18 yards.”

Duecker moved around throughout the year, but eventually found a home on the back line. There, Duecker turned into a dominant force, who wowed her coach and the rest of the Big Eight voters.

“Emily rocked it.” Duffy said. “We moved her around from outside to sweeper and back again due to injury, but she learned quickly what was needed for each position and dominated the back line. 

“She had numerous tackles on breakaway chances for the opponents, which seemed like likely goals. She would be 15 yards away and chase down the opponent to make a last second tackle to save the day. Her speed, tactical position and just downright grit on the field earned her that spot rightfully.”

Wilson broke onto the scene with a memorable year that included six goals and four assists. Wilson is capable of dominating from the midfield or as a striker, but was recognized for her work in the midfield.

She had a wonderful first year on varsity and we hope she continues to dominate the midfield or forward (position) with her skillful footwork and drive to score,” Duffy said. “It was tough at times to decide where to play her: midfield or forward because in both spots she was tough, skilled and looked to score.”

Middleton’s three other back line players — Raisleger, Schultz and Grapentine — were all honored.

“Emily Raisleger (one goal) finished the season as one of our strongest players,” Duffy said. “Schultz (one goal, two assists) dominated air and field once again, but also was a force to be reckoned with up top as a forward. And Grapentine worked hard on her game and won herself a starting role all season long.”

Senior forwards Houden and Grywalsky ended their careers in style. Grywalsky tallied nine goals and seven assists, while Houden had two goals and two assists.

“Payton Houden and Tessa Grywalsky both had great senior seasons to wrap up their three years on varsity,” Duffy said.

And Dunn showed her future is remarkably bright with a stellar season in the midfield that included 11 goals and four assists.

“Charlotte Dunn has a nose for the goal and looked to get forward often and quickly from the outside-mid position where her speed and ability to get onto through balls and crosses made her a dangerous midfielder to guard,” Duffy said.


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