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Bay Port's bid for a repeat is turned away in state semifinal

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Bay Port lost 1-0 to Divine Savior Holy Angels in a Division 1 girls state soccer semifinal Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park. (WLUK)

MILWAUKEE (WLUK) -- Bay Port entered Friday's Division 1 state girls soccer semifinal focused on repeating as state champs, but there is a reason no team has repeated since 2010 -- it's hard.

Friday, the Pirates met the last team to repeat as Division 1 state champs -- Divine Savior Holy Angels, a team the Pirates beat earlier in the season 4-2.

However, what happens during the regular season doesn't guarantee a same result in the postseason and that was true again.

No.3-seedded DSHA scored in the 35th minute of the match and that goal stood up as the No. 2 Pirates fell to the Dashers 1-0 at Uihlein Soccer Park. Afterwards, the Pirates realized what they did a season ago hard and even harder to duplicate.

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"Just getting to the state tournament is a feat in itself," Bay Port coach Brooke Mraz said. "To get this far and work as hard as they did, to come out of a sectional like they did, this one's tough. It was a battle. Hats off to Divine Savior, they played a tough, fought match today."

It was tough from the start as the heads of Bay Port's Mac Johnson and DSHA keeper Jillian Van Treeck collided two minutes into the match. Both players remained on the field for about five minutes. Johnson returned with a welt on her forehead, while Van Treeck did not.

From there, both teams battled for the ball, which was made extra difficult by a strong wind. DSHA squeaked in a goal and in the windy conditions that was plenty.

Bay Port (21-3) managed two shots on goal as was shut out for the first time this season. Included in that was leading scorer Emma Nagel (41 goals) with no shots.

"This was DSHA's Super Bowl," said Nagel, who missed about 10 minutes of the match with a back injury suffered on a collision with a DSHA player. "We've had a target on our shoulder after winning state last year. Everyone just finds Bay Port on their schedule and gives it a big circle because we're the defending state champs.

"We have a chip on our shoulder, we have to play like we have a chip on our shoulder. We have to play with a huge target on our back because it's everyone's Super Bowl now, you can just hear it."

Johnson, who had 26 goals this season, had two shots, one on goal. As down as she was after losing to DSHA, she's focused on another shot at state next season.

"We came in here as freshmen and as sophomores making it to the state championship game," she said. ".Coming here as juniors, it's like, wow, teams are coming here to beat us. We're just going to come back strong.

"Yeah, we might be mad now but that will make us work harder in the offseason and get back to the beginning. We're going to come back one more time and show everyone who we are."

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