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Franson leads Hodags in 5-1 win over Mosinee
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 04/19/2017
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The Rhinelander High School girls' soccer team remain perfect in the Great Northern Conference standings after earning a 5-1 victory over Mosinee on Tuesday night at Mike Webster Stadium. Junior Alayna Franson led the Hodags' offense with two goals and three assists. Rhinelander advanced to 4-0 in the GNC and are 4-2 overall.

RHS gave up only one goal on the night, on a penalty kick in the first half due to a hand ball in the box. But the Hodags' controlled the tempo and would take a 3-1 lead at the break, and tallied two more goals in the second half. Sydney Zettler and Albiona Sabani each recorded a goal and an assist. And Izzy Haverkampf also added a goal on the night.

It took less than four minutes for Franson to record her first assist of the night when she crossed the ball to the middle where Haverkampf found the back of the net and gave Rhinelander an early 1-0 lead.

Despite the Hodags' controlling the ball the entire match, the Indians would cash in on one of their few opportunities at the net in the 16th minute. Rhinelanders' defense was called for a handball in the Hodags' 18-yard box after a corner kick.
 
Senior forward Michelle Weinberg delivered the PK to the bottom left corner passed senior goalie Abby Oettinger for Mosinee's only goal of the night.

It would take the Hodags' over 25 minutes to add a second goal, but they had several good looks on goal. Sabani and Franson each had shots right at the Indians keeper. And Kenedy Van Zile missed a shot inside the goal box that went left of the post.

Rhinelander would strike again in the 30th minute when Franson Found Zettler in the middle of Mosinee's defense on a give-and-go. Zettler scored on a shot a few yards into the 18-yard box.

And with just under three minutes left in the first-half, Zettler returned the favor and found Franson open on slice inside. Franson finished the play and connected on her first goal of the night, just outside the six-yard box.

In the 51st minute, the Hodags' would score their first goal of the second half. This time Sabani delivered a long pass up the sideline to Franson, who used her speed to get passed the defense and connect on a shot to the bottom left corner inside the 18.
 
And Rhinelander's final goal of the night came in the 75th minute, when Franson assisted Sabani to give RHS a four-goal conference win.

Although a convincing win on paper, the Hodags' had several opportunities to add to their lead, especially in the second half. Early in the second, Zettler took a shot around the 18-yard box that sailed up over the crossbar. And a few minutes later Sabani had a shot right at Mosinee's keeper.

Later in the second half, freshman midfielder Maddie Losch and sophomore Gwen Frederickson both had quality looks at the night on shots 25-yards back. And Haverkampf had a chance to score another goal with under three minutes remaining on a shot 12-yards back.  

The Hodags' defense was able limit the Indians to four total shots on the night, two on frame. Mosinee nearly scored a second goal of the match after a deep shot was delivered and deflected off a Hodag defender, nearly making an own-goal. Luckily the ball missed just right of the goal post.

Rhinelander finished the night with 16 corner kicks, but were unable to convert on any of them. The Hodags tallied 36 total shots on the night, putting 23 on goal. Oettinger picked up the win with one save.

The Hodags will be back on the pitch Thursday night for another GNC showdown. Rhinelander will be hosting Ashland, who are also undefeated in the conference. The Oredockers also broke RHS's 49-GNC winning streak last season. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00PM at Mike Webster Stadium.




Hodag Soccer blanks Wausau East 4-0
By Hodagsports.com Staff - Posted on 04/18/2017
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The Rhinelander High School girls' soccer team blanked Wausau East 4-0 in their home-opener at the RHS soccer fields on Monday night. The Hodags earned the non-conference win and senior Sydney Zettler recorded two goals and junior Alayna Franson added four assists to help RHS advance to 3-2 overall.

Rhinelander was unable to capitalize on any shots after the 20-minute mark in the first half. But once the ball was rolling, and the Hodags started to string some runs together they added two more goals before the half to take a 3-0 advantage. The Hodags would tally one more in the second to earn the 4-0 victory.

Although East had several chances after breaking through Rhinelander’s defense. Overall the Hodags outshot the Lumberjacks 18-10 and held a 11-6 advantage on shots on goal. Senior goal keeper Abby Oettinger earned the win and recorded the shutout tallying six saves.

The Hodags finally took advantage of a shot to get on board in the 24th minute. Franson made a run up the left touchline and sent a cross to the center where Zettler converted to give RHS a 1-0 advantage.

Just two minutes later, Rhinelander had another chance at the goal when defender Brooke Mork sent a ball up to freshman Kenedy Van Zile on the right sideline. Van Zile was able to get a nice cross before the goal line, where fellow freshman Izzy Haverkampf was there to receive the pass. But Haverkampf miss left of the goal post. 

Zettler also had several more opportunities to build on the Hodags’ first half lead. Nearing the 28th minute Zettler broke passed the defense but her shot was right at junior keeper Alexis Pickard. And two minutes later Albi Sabani sent a well-placed through-ball to Zettler, but her shot sailed up over the top left corner of the crossbar. 
 
Rhinelander would score their final two goals of the first half in the final 14 minutes. The first coming when Franson sent another cross, this time Van Zile (Kenedy) was there on the back post to finish the play in the 32nd minute. And in the 37th minute Franson yet again sent a cross, where Zettler was able to put away the header, for her second goal of the night.

The Hodags didn't let up the pressure and would tally their final goal of the match in the first seven minutes of the second half. Franson continued to find opportunities for her teammates, this time in the 52nd minute. Franson found Sabani just outside the penalty box, and Sabani connected on Rhinelander's fourth goal.

Despite the Hodags not scoring in the final 38 minutes of action, they continued to find openings. In the 72nd minute Payton Van Zile had a good look just beyond the 18-yard box, but her shot sailed up over the top of the cross bar. Franson also had a shot right at Pickard with under three minutes remaining.

But senior keeper Oettinger had several notable saves in the shutout, especially late in the match. In the 79th minute Oettinger had a nice contested stop when Wausau East senior captain Allison Kane went to receive a pass just inside the 18. And a few minutes later Oettinger also stopped a shot from junior Leah Blaskowski that was sent 20-yards back.

Rhinelander was finally able to earn their first non-conference win of the season, after falling to tough sectional opponents (Green Bay Southwest and Pulaski) back-to-back. RHS is now 3-2 overall and will continue a busy week at home. The Hodags will host Mosinee on Tuesday and Ashland on Thursday night. Both remaining home games for the week will be played at Mike Webster Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 7:00PM.
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Schedule
04/06
7:00PM
Away vs. Lakeland W 3-1
04/07
7:00PM
Away vs. Green Bay SouthwestL 1-0
04/08
2:00PM
Away vs. Pulaski L 5-1
04/11
7:00PM
Medford Area ppd
04/13
4:30PM
Away vs. Northland PinesW 2-1
04/15
Wausau East (Rescheduled to 04-17-17)
04/17
5:00PM
Wausau EastW 4-1
04/18
7:00PM
MosineeW 5-1
04/20
7:00PM
Ashland
04/25
5:00PM
Away vs. Newman Catholic
04/27
5:00PM
Away vs. Antigo
04/29
10:00AM
Away vs. Marshfield, Ashwaubenon -Triangular
05/02
7:00PM
Lakeland
05/04
5:00PM
Away vs. Medford Area
05/06
1:00PM
Away vs. UW - Eau Claire, River Falls - Tournament
05/06
9:00AM
Away vs. UW - Eau Claire, River Falls - Tournament
05/09
7:00PM
Northland Pines
05/11
5:00PM
Away vs. Mosinee
05/16
5:00PM
Away vs. Ashland
05/18
Newman Catholic (Rescheduled to 05-23-17)
05/19
TBD
Hodag Tournament
05/20
TBD
Hodag Tournament
05/23
7:00PM
Newman Catholic
05/25
7:00PM
Antigo
06/01
TBD
Regionals Away vs.
06/03
TBD
Regionals Away vs.
06/08
TBD
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06/10
TBD
Sectionals Away vs.
06/15
TBD
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Standings
GNC Standings
Ashland3-0
Rhinelander2-0
Lakeland1-1
Mosinee1-2
Northland Pines1-2
Newman Catholic0-0
Medford0-1
Antigo0-2
Overall Standings
Ashland4-0-2
Lakeland4-2
Rhinelander3-2
Mosinee2-3
Northland Pines1-4
Newman Catholic0-1
Medford0-2
Antigo0-4
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