After being shut out five straight times, the Greenfield girls soccer team needed a boost.
The Hustlin' Hawks got a big lift with a 6-2 triumph over South Milwaukee on May 5 keyed by a hat trick from Ashley Meinholz.
The victory snapped a five-game losing streak, capped a 10-0 defeat on May 3 at the hands of Pewaukee and boosted the Hawks to 2-6 in the Woodland Conference and 3-10 overall.
'Resilient — that's all I can say about my team,' coach Peter Knebel said. 'We come off back-to-back 10-0 losses to powerhouses Pewaukee and Muskego and continue to train hard. We have been decimated by injuries this season, but we just don't allow any excuses. We hold each other accountable and just keep working hard.'
Knebel said the Hawks played with a good deal of emotion on senior night as Sabrina Manecke, Alyssa Rivera, Tia Ruhland, Sanja Karac, Aimee Espino and Olivia Lopez were honored.
He added that he and assistant coach Jordan Knebel decided to switch to a 4-4-2 offense to generate more opportunities, and it worked.
Meinholz led the way with her hat trick; Gabby Strasser held the middle of the field and tallied one goal and one assist; and Esme Sanchez and Rivera scored as well.
Head coach Knebel said the defense of Lauren Francis and Steph Szweda was also vital to the victory.
'Their combined effort allowed us to play more offensively, knowing that they would clean up anything that came their way,' the coach said.
Knebel is hoping the Hawks can build on the victory.
'This was as complete a team effort as any coach would want,' he continued. 'Our goal is to continue to train hard and stay focused on the (WIAA) regional in June.'
The Hawks will meet Pius XI at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Wisconsin Lutheran College and play again at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Cudahy.