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Cheese blank Eagles, 2-0
Photo for the Times: Duke Goetz Godi Brandli kicks a ball just beyond the head of Monona Groves goalkeeper during Monroes first ever win over the Silver Eagles on Tuesday, 2-0.
MONROE - The 2009 season has been a season of firsts for the Monroe Cheesemakers.

Monroe picked up its first-ever wins over Fort Atkinson and Stoughton earlier this season. On Tuesday, in the team's final conference game, the Cheesemakers came up with their first-ever win over Monona Grove by downing the Silver Eagles, 2-0.

With the win, the Cheesemakers secured second place in the Badger South.

Senior Michael Gross scored at 23 minutes, 46 seconds, on an assist from junior Kelli Isaj to give the Cheesemakers a 1-0 lead in the first half. In the second half, Isaj scored an unassisted goal at 63 minutes, 5 seconds.

"We're peaking at the right time," said Tony Stamm, Monroe head coach. "Monona Grove was playing a very defensive game and keeping five or six guys back."

Stamm was also very pleased with the play of senior goalkeeper Jordan Steurer, who had 11 saves.

"He has been having an excellent year. It's a nice way to end a senior's career," he said.

Monroe is now 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the Badger South. They will travel to Sauk Prairie for a non-conference game Monday before competing in the Badger Challenge on Thursday, Oct. 8.