On a rain soaked and windy Mike Webster Stadium field, the Rhinelander Hodag soccer team battled the Mosinee Indians to a 1-1 tie Thursday evening. The match was originally scheduled to be played at Edgewood Park in Mosinee, but was moved to Mike Webster Stadium due to poor field conditions in Mosinee.
The Hodags were hoping to take advantage of the home field, but Mosinee struck early just 1 min. and 26 seconds into the contest. Mosinee senior Duarte Pedro caught a long pass from the midfield and scored on a shot that went from left to right past Rhinelander goalkeeper Gavin Osterman. The next 15 min. of the first half, both teams struggled to possess the ball and create solid scoring opportunities. The wet turf and strong winds hampered any attempts to create any quick strike offense.
At the 20 min. 49 second mark, freshman Braden Mork was able to steal the ball at midfield and send it ahead to junior Hugh Wiese. Wiese delivered a low shot that was bobbled by the Mosinee keeper and found the back of the net. After the tying goal was scored the Hodags built some offensive momentum.
After the end of the first half the score was tied at 1-1. During the halftime thunderstorms and heavy rain moved into the area and forced the game officials to suspend the game. According to WIAA rules the officials have the power to rule the game over, or schedule a replay. The officiating crew decided to end the game as a tie.
" I was really frustrated that we couldn't continue the game as we were really beginning to surge offensively towards the end of the first half" said Rhinelander head coach Nathan Bates.
The Hodags soccer team will play Shawano on Monday and then will return home for a game against Antigo on Thursday.