The Hamilton soccer team has had a slew of success early in the season. That didn't change last week against three difficult opponents.
At the Tournament of Champions on April 29 and 30 in Burlington, Iowa, both of Hamilton's games were decided by penalty kicks. Against Moline, Illinois, the Chargers won, 3-2. In the next game, HHS was victorious over Granite City, Illinois, 2-1.
Granite City defeated the Chargers last season, 3-0. Melina Murtos scored this time around for Hamilton and was assisted by Maddie Adams. Meghan Cannestra had five saves for HHS.
Against Moline, Cayla Provan scored two goals. McKenna DePue and Adams had assists. Cannestra collected five saves.
Hamilton, which is ranked on the honorable-mention list in Division 1, according to the latest Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association poll, has been able to close out tight games this season against some very good teams.
'I think we as a staff are getting better,' HHS coach Chris Zuzick. 'We, as players, are getting better. The returning varsity players are really stepping up their play. I think part of it is our focus. I've really been focusing on with the girls, the speed of play, momentum and staying focused. I think those have been soaking in with the girls. That makes a big difference.'
On April 26, the Chargers tied Brookfield East, 0-0. East is a top team in the Greater Metro Conference and is ranked second in Division 2. Cannestra stopped six shots.
'I thought we possessed the ball much better than Brook East,' Zuzick said. 'Our style of play is much difference than Brook East. It was a good game for us to continue building momentum in the conference.'
Hamilton improved to 6-1-1 overall and sits at 2-0-1 in the GMC.