Rockets rack up league honors

Seven players earn Big East recognition; Warriors land two on all-squad team

Jessica Rose (5) and Loren Miller (3)
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

irls’ soccer team only lost one Big East Conference game and tied the undefeated champion Oostburg, 0-0, this season.

The Rockets’ 11-1-1 record and sole possession of second place resulted in a host of postseason honors, led by senior attacker Jessica Rose, who made the first team for the second straight season.

She led the Rockets in goals with 17 and assists with 14.

“She has some speed, can score in a variety of ways  — distance shots with both feet, breakaways, headers — and  also puts in a nice cross,” coach Elias Garza said.

Three other Rockets made the first team, and all are underclassmen.

Sophomore Shelby Cooney played left back.

“She is great in one-on-one situations, both defending and attacking, and played the most minutes of any player this year. She didn’t have a bad game all year,” Garza said.

Sophomore Haven Lanser scored 10 goals and had eight assists as an attacker.

“She is a very composed player, does well under pressure and always seems to come alive in the playoffs,” Garza said.

Half of Lanser’s scores came in the postseason.

“She has great control on the dribble and is a smart player,” Garza said.

Brooke Braga made the top squad as goalkeeper in her freshman year.

She allowed six goals and made 73 saves, stopping 92.41% of shots.

“She saved every one-on-one chance that came her way,” Garza said.

In the sectional final against the Big East champ and top-ranked Oostburg, Braga made 20 saves.

“She is very vocal and knows how to direct her teammates in front of her. She is great in the air but also has superb diving form,” Garza said.

Junior sweeper Alex Mentink and sophomore central midfielder Abby Kraus made the second team.

Mentink, Garza said, “makes good decisions in the back, can clear the ball well with both feet but also picks out a pass when there is time. She is a vocal leader to direct the team, which pairs well with our goalkeeper.”

Kraus scored 16 goals and had four assists.

“She provides a strong physical presence in the center of the field, can score goals with both feet from far out but also has the ability to finish close opportunities if played through,” Garza said.

Kraus scored the game-winning goal in the first three playoff games.

“She’s another player that stepped up in the postseason,” Garza said.

Senior co-captain Brittany Teunissen earned honorable mention. She scored 16 goals and had 16 assists.

“She plays with a lot of passion and is a great leader both on and off the field,” Garza said.

The Rockets advanced to the Division 4 state final, where they lost a heartbreaker, 2-1, to Kenosha St. Joseph.

For Ozaukee, senior stopper Loren Miller made the first team.

“She was very aggressive. She was always in the right position,” coach Ivan Garcia said.

“Physically, she was strong — one of the players who never came out of the game. She was there all the time.”

Miller was one of the team’s captains and a positive leader, Garcia said.

Junior goalkeeper Emily Janowski earned honorable mention, a feat Garcia said is hard for keepers on teams not finishing near the top of their conferences. Ozaukee took sixth in the Big East with a 5-6-2 record.

“She had a lot of one-on-ones against very strong players. She’d break them,” he said.

“To me, she should have taken first team all conference based on her performance and percentage of saves versus shots. She timed the ball well. She knew when to come out.”

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