New Berlin West's girls soccer team has reached the sectional final in consecutive seasons only to have a state powerhouse program prevent it from reaching the state tournament for the second time in school history.
A year after falling to Waukesha West in a Division 2 sectional final, the Vikings found themselves in Division 3 this season. But that meant New Berlin West had to get past five-time defending state champion Catholic Memorial in order to reach state.
It was a task too tall, as the Crusaders advanced to the state tournament for a state-record 12th straight season with a 4-0 win over New Berlin West in a Division 3 sectional final held June 10 at MSOE.
The Vikings ended their season at 15-5-5 overall and ranked No. 8 in Division 3.
Abby Piette gave top-ranked CMH a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 28th minute. Carly Delforge made it 2-0 at halftime by scoring in the 43rd minute.
New Berlin West kept the deficit at two goals until the 69th minute when Allison Bonner scored for the Crusaders. Emma Westrick added a goal in the 76th minute.
Vikings take down Grafton
The third-seeded Vikings reached the sectional final with a 2-1 win over second-seeded and third-ranked Grafton on June 8.
Hailey Block put New Berlin West in a 1-0 hole in the fifth minute, a lead that stood for Grafton well into the second half.
Lily Adkison came up big for the Vikings down the stretch, equalizing in the 66th minute before scoring the game-winning goal off an assist from Morgan Henrichs in the 76th minute.
New Berlin West goalkeeper Mary Moczulewski made nine saves in the win.