W-M girls fall in first round of playoffs

The Royals Katie Heilmann, left, receives a pass from a teammate during a game against Rockford earlier this season.

The Royals Katie Heilmann, left, receives a pass from a teammate during a game against Rockford earlier this season.

The season came to a close for the Watertown-Mayer girls’ soccer team last week, when the Royals went on the road and lost to Providence Academy, 5-0, in the first round of the Section 6A playoffs.

Watertown-Mayer, the No. 10 seed, managed to hang around with seventh-seeded Providence Academy through much of the first half, going into halftime trailing by a single goal, 1-0. However, Providence proved to be just too talented in the second half as they tallied four more unanswered goals.

“This team was just flat out bigger, faster, and stronger,” Watertown-Mayer coach Lindsey Rague said. “We went into the half hanging on at 1-0 but could never capitalize on our scoring opportunities. After that they just kind of caught fire and put in goal after goal.”

Still, the season was a strong one for the Royals, who finished with a 10-5 record, the best in school history.

The season as a whole was very, very rewarding for both the coaching staff and the girls,” Rague said. “I don’t think we imagined we’d end the season with a 10-5 record. We were able to overcome so many obstacles going into this that you can’t help but feel anything other than proud and satisfied over what these girls were able to do in such a short amount of time.”

Rague said the team’s senior leadership — the Royals featured seven seniors — was a big key to the season’s success.

“Our seniors and captains stepped up and took the lead, and I think their supreme leadership is evident in the way this season turned out,” she said. “We’re already back to the drawing board for next year, and we can’t wait to take another step forward.”

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