The Rhinelander High School girls' soccer team opened the first round of Great Northern Conference tournament action with a 7-0 win on senior night on Thursday. The Hodags also honored their six seniors and had seven different players score on the night, including three seniors as they blanked Wausau Newman at the RHS soccer fields.
All six seniors (Emma Hjelle, Brooke Mork, Emma Roberts, Payton Van Zile, Jaden Olski,and Tina Kansariwala) started and rotated through the attacking position for a majority of the first half. It was a slow start as the team had to adjust to their positions especially that half of the seniors are starting defenders. RHS would take a 1-0 lead at halftime but would hit their stride in the second half and charted six goals from there.
Rhinelander had plenty of early opportunities on goal, but were unable to capitalize until late in the second half. They also had six shots in the first 25 minutes that were right at keeper Alex Frankel.
Junior Lisa White started in goal on the night, while sophomore Kahlie Arneson got to play on the field. Arneson got a hold of a loose ball in the box and delivered a shot that hit a hand of one of the Cardinals packed-in defenders. Senior Brooke Mork took the penalty kick in the 34th minute and connected to the bottom left corner to put the Hodags on the board.
RHS came out strong and took control in the second half and would tally five goals in the matter of 23 minutes and would tack on one more in the final minute. Senior Jaden Olski scored in just over a minute into the second half on shot to the top left corner.
Just moments later Gwyn Lowry took a direct free kick in front of the Hodags bench and junior Izzy Havekampf received and tapped a pass to Ella Schiek that connected to the top right corner to put RHS up 3-0 Haverkampf then scored in the 55th minute on an assist from Schiek.
The Hodags then scored off one o their 14 corner kicks in the 65th minute. Arneson settled the deep cross and fired a shot 22-yard back that tucked inside the top right corner. It also marked Rhinelander's starting goalie Arneson's second goal this season.
Senior Payton Van Zile and junior Kenedy Van Zile scored the Hodags final two goals of the match. In the 68th minute Payton returned a give and go pass to her sister Kenedy who got passed two defenders and tapped a shot in to the bottom right corner. And with 50 seconds left in the game, senior Emma Hjelle had a well placed cross that Payton Van Zile used to score in the top left corner.
Wausau Newman's only shot on in the second half would come with 11 seconds remaining when junior defender Madi Losch was called for a hold in the box giving the Cardinals a penalty kick. But Jaida Hein put pulled her shot against White wide and to the right, as RHS held on for yet another shutout.
Rhinelander outshot the Cardinals 28-2 overall and 19-0 on shots on goal. RHS advanced to 6-1 in the GNC standings and 7-3 overall and they remain one game behind Ashland.
The Hodags will be back in action Saturday morning for a non-conference match against Holmen that is part of the D.C. Everest Invite in Weston. Then RHS will host Lakeland for the first round of the GNC tournament on Tuesday evening.
The Rhinelander High School girls' soccer team extended their winning streak to six games after a 2-0 shutout Saturday night against Marshfield. The Hodags used a penalty kick from junior Izzy Haverkampf and a goal from sophomore Gwyneth Lowry paired with solid defense and goalkeeping to earn the non-conference victory at Mike Webster Stadium.
It was a fairly even match and proved to be just what Rhinelander needed before their Great Northern Conference showdown with Ashland coming up. Both teams’ recorded 10 shots on goal, but sophomore Kahlie Arneson came up with a big shutout and recorded 10 saves while RHS capitalized on two opportunities.
Rhinelander had early momentum and controlled the tempo in the first 45 minutes. Six minutes into the match, Lowry fired a shot just beyond the 18-yard box that deflected off the right goal post. She also hit the post on a shot in the 41st minute.
Then in the 13th minute, Haverkampf was tripped in the box and took advantage of the penalty kick. She tucked the shot in the bottom right corner passed goalie Mikayla Brueggen to give RHS a 1-0 advantage.
The Hodags defense was able to limit the Tigers shots in the first half but Marshfield gained momentum in the second half. Rhinelander continued the offensive pressure and added an extra goal early in the second half and held on to win 2-0.
In the 57th minute junior Kenedy Van Zile delivered a pass up the pitch to Haverkampf that took a few dribbles around defenders Anna Paape and Paige Gruenling in the box and tapped a pass near the penalty area. Lowry beat Marshfield's backside defender and connected to the bottom right corner to for the Hodags' final goal of the night.
Sophomore striker Kathryn Schilling kept Rhinelander’s defense on edge and proved to be part of most of the Tiger's quality chances. In the 49th minute sophomore Courtney Meyer of Marshfield fired a shot that was deflected and came loose in the box but Arneson was able to cover the ball up before the Tigers crashed the back post. Schilling had shots in 63rd and 75th minute that Arneson also stopped. She also denied Nina Hashimoto on a breakaway in the 84th minute.
The Hodags defense was anchored by senior center-backs Brooke Mork and Emma Hjelle. Both Mork and Hjelle had several cleared balls throughout the match that helped limit Marshfield's attack. RHS had a 18-14 edge on total shots but the Tigers outshot the Hodags 10-5 in the second half.
Rhinelander now gears up to face Ashland on the road Tuesday. Both teams remain undefeated in the conference and the winner will earn the top seed as they head into the GNC tournament. Kick-off is set for 5:00PM.
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