Clevette shot

Maddie Clevette takes a shot during the WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal at Ponzio Stadium.

MILWAUKEE — The Ashland High School girls soccer team's postseason run came to an end Thursday at the WIAA Division 3 state tournament, where top-seeded Catholic Memorial defeated the fourth-seeded Oredockers 5-0 in the state semifinal match at Uihlein Soccer Park.
Catholic Memorial (24-4-1) took control of the match early with a goal from Lauren Brown in the third minute, and the Crusaders added another late in the first half to go up 2-0 before the break.
Catholic Memorial extended its lead with the wind at its back in the second half, with Brown scoring quickly again to make it 3-0 just after the restart, and then adding her third to push the lead to 5-0 in the 62nd minute.
Ashland (21-3-1) struggled to create many offensive chances in the match, with Hailey Zak managing the only shot of the game for the Oredockers in the second half.
Ashland goalkeeper Zoe Pearce made two saves in each half, while the Crusaders finished the game with 15 total shots and nine on target.
Catholic Memorial also won the corner kick battle, 16-2.
The future nonetheless bodes well for the Oredockers, who are set to lose just three seniors, with defenders Abby Koehler and Annika Herlevi, and midfielder Justine Barningham all graduating this year.
Ashland can expect to return the bulk of its potent offensive attack and midfield, as well as bring up a number of talented freshmen for next season.
Catholic Memorial, meanwhile, moves to the state final on Saturday, looking to claim its seventh state title in the past eight seasons, and record-setting 11th title overall.

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