When New Berlin West's girls soccer team needed her the most, Mary Moczulewski was there to collect two big saves on penalty kicks to lift the Vikings to the championship at the Union Grove Quad.
After a 7-0 rout of Wilmot to open the tournament on April 7, New Berlin West rallied to overcome a two-goal halftime deficit for a 2-2 draw with Mukwonago. The match went to penalty kicks to decide the champion and Moczulewski made two saves to help the Vikings win 3-1.
The Vikings opened the week by playing to a 1-1 draw with Fond du Lac at Whitnall High School on April 7 and entered this week at 1-1-2 overall.
New Berlin West went up in the 55th minute against Fond du Lac, as Hannah Kroupa hit a corner kick that was challenged by Tyler Neutgens. The defender then deflected the ball into the goal. Fond du Lac equalized with just seven minutes left, as a 30-yard shot sailed in just over Moczulewski.
"Both teams were working the kinks out it seemed and neither created a lot of scoring chances in the first half," New Berlin West coach Matt Drago said.
New Berlin West opened the Union Grove Quad with a 7-0 rout of Wilmot. Aubrey Tarmann put the Vikings up in the 15th minute and Alexis Poellinger made it 2-0 at halftime with her first varsity goal in the 25th minute. Tarmann scored again in the 50th minute, the first of five second-half goals. She completed her hat trick in the 60th minute. Also scoring for New Berlin West were Morgan Henrichs (55th minute), Neutgens (71st minute) and Gracelyn Bender (75th minute).
Jenna Linssen had three assists, while Tarmann, Bender and Neutgens each had one.
"Aubrey Tarmann, Jenna Linssen, and Alexis Poellinger got the action started in the first half," Drago said. "We kept the pressure on in the second half with Tarmann adding two more, Linssen adding two more assists and maybe the best goal we'll see this season from Morgan Henrichs on a 30-yard shot into the upper 90 of the goal. The ball was hit on a one-touch pass from Tyler Neugtens."
New Berlin West then had to wait five hours until the championship game only then to watch Mukwonago come out to score twice in the first 15 minutes.
Kroupa cut Mukwonago's lead to 2-1 in the 47th minute off an assist from Linssen and Emily Siegel tied the game in the 54th minute when she scored off a poorly cleared ball ended up eight yards in front of the goal.
"Siegel simply bullied the ball into the net while getting taken down from behind," Drago said. "From my point, I couldn't tell if the ball ever did hit the back of the net but it did cross the goal line. It was one of the more chaotic goals I've ever seen. Credit Siegel for pushing it home."
Mukwonago's first penalty kick was stopped by Moczulewski. Tarmann followed with a goal to the lower left corner to put New Berlin West in front. After Mukwonago tied things at 1-1, Poellinger beat the keeper with a shot to the right corner. The Indians then missed high on their next shot and Kroupa scored to make it 3-1. Moczulewski followed with a save to end the match.