Submitted by Coach Bob Hietala

BALDWIN, WI – On Monday, May 20, the B-WHS Girls' Soccer team travelled to Amery to play the Warriors for the second time this season.   Having seen the Warriors before, we knew what to expect and felt confident we could control the game and walk away with a win.  

The girls played excellent soccer, making connecting passes and controlling play in the midfield.  It was nice to see the team play so well continuing our dominating match in Osceola.  Amery would score two goals in the first half despite the Blackhawks' efforts.  

Baldwin-Woodville came out in the second half determined to catch the Warriors but had difficulty scoring.  We had opportunities but nothing seemed to fall.   The match ended with another BW loss putting the team 2-12-0.  The last two losses to Amery and Osceola were difficult as we were clearly the more technical side.  It is encouraging to see the team playing such great soccer moving into the playoffs.

The Blackhawks were in Barron to play Barron-Cumberland for the last match of the regular season on Thursday, May 23.  From the whistle the girls continued their confident play from the last two matches.  The Blackhawks were connecting passes and putting Barron on the back foot most of the match. 

Junior forward Megan Hietala had her best game of the season putting up 6 shots for the Blackhawks including one goal.  Senior Olivia Kaiser played a nice ball into Hietala who struck it with force and precision from about 18 yards out.  The ball hit the inside of the far post in the top corner and slammed into the back of the net.   Barron would have their opportunities to pull even with a penalty kick and a break away, however both attempts would fall short.  

The Blackhawks played smart and had several more attempts throughout the game, but there would be no more scoring on the day.   The Blackhawks outshot their opponent 14 to 6 and came away with the win 1-0.  Freshman keeper Olivia Chouinard earned her first shutout behind Sophomore centerbacks Trinity Merritt and Juneau Paulsen who played a full 90 minutes keeping Barron out of the box.  

All-Conference players were also chosen this week.  Baldwin-Woodville earned three All-Conference awards.  Senior Jordan Drilling was named to 1st Team, Junior Montana Peterson was named to 2nd team, and Junior Megan Hietala was named an honorable mention.   Congratulations to these players who were voted on by the other coaches in the conference and were recognized for their soccer performance. 

The Blackhawks will travel to Somerset to play the third seeded Spartans today, Thursday, May 30 at 5:00pm.