By Robert Whitmire
The SPASH girls soccer team improved its Wisconsin Valley Conference record to 3-0-1 with a 4-1 win over Merrill at the Portage County Youth Soccer Complex Thursday night.
The win puts SPASH in second place with a Tuesday night battle slated at league-leading D. C. Everest.
SPASH junior Sierra Hefferan scored twice in the first half of play with the first score coming at 15:16 of the half. Lauren Johnson picked up the assist. Hefferan found the back of the net once again at 11:36 unassisted and SPASH took a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.
Not to be outdone, junior Abby Gemza hit goal number three at 38:18 of the second half with the assist to sophomore defender Kelsie Kostuchowski. Gemza rounded out the Panther scoring at 33:51 of the period. Johnson picked up her second assist for the evening.
Senior Mae Litschauer hit the lone goal for Merrill off a direct free kick at 10:28 to close out the scoring.
SPASH recorded 23 shots on goal and held the Blue Jays to one.
The game marked the final home regular season game for SPASH seniors Olivia Clemens, Paige Feltz, Lexi Ford, Lauren Huspeni, Kaylin Kostuchowski, Courtney Milkowski, Kaylee Newland, Brooklyn Seefeldt, and Cameron Vang.
Following a weekend tournament at D. C. Everest the Panthers will return to Schofield to take on the league-leading Evergreens Tuesday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.