New Berlin Eisenhower finished 9-1-1 in the Woodland Conference, right behind Wauwatosa West (9-0-1), and 13-7-3 overall.
They won a regional title and lost in the sectional semifinal.
'Overall, we exceeded expectations,' first year coach Nick Datka said. 'Nobody really even talked about being a conference contender, let alone competing into June. We have an awesome nucleus of players that will be returning next year, as well as a great group of players that competed at the JV level this year.'
The Lions had eight all-conference players at some level. First-team choices were forward Kayla Jedrzejewski, midfielder Claire Popp and defender Alyssa Stuckart.
Second-team choices were forward Emma Grellinger and defender Payton Fuerstenberg. Defender Sara Farrell was honorable mention, along with defender Hannah Plockelman and goalkeeper Ava Seifert.
Datka gave out three team awards.
The Offensive Player of the Year was Jedrzejewski, the Defensive Player of the Year was Popp and the Most Improved Player was Seifert.
The Lions will also lose two seniors in Farrell and Sarah Rolefson.
'Both contributed a lot during there high school careers and will be missed,' Datka said. 'Moving into next season, I think it's safe to say that we expect to compete for a conference championship. I don't think that we will sneak up on anyone, so we need to work hard as a team during the off-season to maintain a competitive edge.'
Datka knows the talent is there, but that is not all he is happy with.
'Overall, I like our team dynamic, I like the way we compete, I like the fact that we work to improve,' he said. 'We said at the beginning of the season that it would be a bit of a shock for the players switching to a new staff. I think that the transition went well, and now it's time to move forward.'