In its final Greater Metro Conference game of the season on May 24, the Hamilton soccer team lost a first-half lead to Wauwatosa East and was defeated, 2-1. HHS scored in the sixth minute with a goal by Isabel Downs, but an hour and a half delay because of weather slowed momentum.
East scored to start the second half and put the game winner in the back of the net with about 10 seconds remaining in the contest. The Chargers finished 2-3-2 in the GMC. Brookfield Central and Divine Savior Holy Angels split the league title.
Going into its final regular season game against Oconomowoc on May 31, Hamilton has lost five of its last six games. Two of those losses came to Central and DSHA, which are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in Division 1, respectively. Wauwatosa West, which is ranked on the honorable-mention list in Division 2, also beat HHS during that stretch.
'(The team) recognizes the challenge we have in this conference,' Hamilton coach Chris Zuzick said. 'We were playing against some of the best teams in the state. Frankly, we wouldn't want it any other way. We want to play the top teams, we want to play the best teams in the area.'
The Chargers earned the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and will host Menomonee Falls on June 2. Falls and HHS met last season in the first round, with Falls winning, 3-0.
Hamilton's bracket is beyond difficult, with Central as the No. 1 seed, DSHA the No. 2 and Arrowhead as the No. 3. All three are ranked in the top five of Division 1, according to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association poll.
'It really doesn't make a difference what the record is between Menomonee Falls and Hamilton,' Zuzick said. 'It can be at Falls or Hamilton; it's going to be a great game.'