Ann Marie Bay, Whitnall soccer team play Pius to scoreless tie
Falcon goalkeeper returns from injury
After sitting out most of her junior basketball season with a major injury, Whitnall's Ann Marie Bay was not about to miss any more time.
The senior goalkeeper returned to the Falcons' net in her team's first game after spring break and posted her fifth straight shutout as Whitnall played Pius XI to a scoreless tie on May 1.
Bay had sustained a hyperextended elbow in practice the week before break and missed Whitnall's game against Oconomowoc on April 17.
Back in goal
After coming back from her spring vacation in Florida, Bay was in goal again in the Pius contest, and head coach Robert Antholine was happy to see her there.
"For her first year (of varsity soccer), she's been very good," Antholine said. "We consider her a major player for us. We would miss her a lot if it had been a more serious issue."
After tearing an anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 7, 2012, Bay was unable to play basketball for the Falcons for most of her junior year, finally returning briefly toward the end of that season.
She came back to the court as a senior and led the Falcons in scoring at 12.5 points per game, earning first-team all-Woodland Conference East Division honors as well as being named an alternate for the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Division 2 All-Star Game.
Basketball head coach Keith Larson said Bay came back at 100 percent.
"She played every game this season, and she came back at basically the same speed, with no effects," he said.
Antholine also said Bay is not being slowed at all by the earlier injury.
"It doesn't seem to bother her," he said. "She is a tough athlete physically and mentally, and she is talented."
Bay blanked Pius through regulation and two overtimes in the May 1 game, but Whitnall could not score either, winding up with the tie.
Antholine praised midfielder Katie Schauer and forward Mary Gaggioli for their efforts in the game.
Fall to Muskego
The Falcons then lost 4-0 to a strong Muskego squad on Friday, managing only two shots on the evening.
"We were a little tired after the double-overtime game (against Pius), but we are still struggling to score goals," the coach said.
Whitnall came into this week at 1-0-2 in the Woodland and 3-3-2 overall.
The Falcons welcome Pewaukee at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8, and Oak Creek at 4:30 Friday, May 9.
They visit South Milwaukee at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13.
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