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Bay Port, Notre Dame girls soccer made statements

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Notre Dame defeated Catholic Memorial 1-0 in the Division 3 state title game. (WLUK)

MILWAUKEE (WLUK) -- This past Saturday Bay Port and Notre Dame made history by winning the area's first two girls soccer state titles.

Bay Port beat Fox River Classic Conference foe Sheboygan North 3-1 in the Division 1 state title match, while Notre Dame defeated Catholic Memorial 1-0 in Division 3.

Bay Port entered the state tournament ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 1, while Notre Dame was No. 2 in Division 3, only behind Memorial.

In some ways the state titles were not shocks, they were more statements to the rest of the state that girls soccer is pretty good north of Milwaukee and Madison, where for years the state titles have been won, especially in the larger divisions.

Before Bay Port took the pitch for Saturday's title game McKenzie Johnson said coach Brooke Mraz had a message for the team.

"Our coach always told us if we put our mind to it we can always keep making history," Johnson said.

And history was made twice.

"Great for our area," Mraz said. "I think for so long soccer has been the Madison and Milwaukee area and they've been around and they've been doing it for a long time. Green Bay has slowly been putting its mark on the map and the surrounding areas and to bring a trophy home I think speaks volumes. It's awesome."

Notre Dame ended Memorial's run of six straight titles.

"Congratulations to Bay Port first," Notre Dame senior Trudy Quidzinski said. "They really earned it their way there. I think us both winning that championship shows that Bay Port and Notre Dame, we are a good soccer teams and we are good programs and I think we showed that.

Notre Dame made its third trip to the state tournament in the last four years and coach Bob Rickards was pleased his team was able to win gold.

"I can't say enough about those girls; they've worked real, real hard," said Rickards who commented this year's team was his best on 13 seasons with Tritons. "They got here in the first (year) and loss. They felt bad. They came back the next year, got here again; short last year. They were determined to get here and they've done it."

Near the end of Bay Port's title match the Pirates fans yelled, "I believe that we will win." That's when the players realized they were making history.

Said Bay Port's Erika Hess with a big smile: "Then we looked at each other smiling. Oh my gosh, we're state champs."

And hours later the Tritons joined Bay Port as two of the four state champs this spring in girls soccer that come from the Green Bay area.

Statement made.

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