The Rhinelander High School boys' soccer team knew they had a challenge going into Tuesday night's matchup against Great Northern Conference rival Northland Pines. And even though the Eagles had limited chances at the net, they put away the shots that counted to soar past the Hodags 3-1 at Sam Larson Field in Eagle River.
Lochlan Siegmeier connected on a pair of goals in the contest and teammate Liam Oas added another to hand Rhinelander their first conference loss of the season. The Eagles are now 4-0, while RHS falls to 1-1-1. The Hodags' lone goal came from Hunter Hicks late in the first half.
Northland Pines would take a 1-0 lead after Siegmeier had a through ball that put Oas on run past Rhinelander's defense. Oas took a few touches inside the 18 and was able to find the back of the net in the 17th minute.
The Hodags would score the equalizer in the 39th minute when senior keeper Josh Randolph had a deep punt up to Hicks. Off one-touch Hicks fired 30 yards back and connected just inside the left post.
Just three minutes into the second-half, Siegmeier would put the Eagles ahead for good after not playing late in the first half in what appeared to be a leg injury. Oas assisted Siegmeier on a slotted pass near the penalty area.
That didn't seem to affect Siegmeier's play in the second half and the Eagles would tack on another goal in the 89th minute to give Pines a two-goal victory.
Rhinelander finished the night with an 7-3 advantage on shots on frame, but the Eagles held 18-14 edge on total shots. RHS did have several quality looks on goal, but were unable to capitalize besides on one attempt. The Hodags also had limited runs in their attacking third to spread Pines defense.
The Hodags now sit in third place in the GNC standings behind Northland Pines and Medford and are two full games behind the Eagles. RHS will host the Raiders tonight in another GNC match that was pushed back to a 7:30PM start at Mike Webster Stadium.