The Rhinelander High School girls' soccer team would chart their fourth straight victory and advanced to 2-0 in the Great Northern Conference after defeating Medford 7-0 on Thursday evening at the RHS Soccer Field. The Hodags dominated possession in the match but struggled on shot selection as the Raiders' packed in their defense and only put half of their shots on frame.
Senior Alayna Franson led the way for Rhinelander and recorded a hat-trick and a pair of assists in the win. Izzy Haverkampf and Anna Sturzl also finished with two goals each. The Hodags scored three goals in the first half, including one in the opening minute and added four more in the second half and held Medford to only one shot on the night.
Just 51 seconds into the contest, Rhinelander recorded their first goal of the night. Kennedy Van Zile found Franson who connected to the bottom right corner. But from there the Hodags produced chances at the net but would not score again for nearly 25 minutes.
Sturzl added to the lead in the 25th minute when Ella Schiek dribbled toward the goal line and delivered a pass inside the 18-yard box. And Franson added another goal in the 35th minute on a shot delivered 20-yards back that went in the bottom right corner. RHS would take a 3-0 lead at halftime and in the first 45 minutes had 20 shots, with 11 being on frame.
Franson would then would contribute to the first three goals of the second half. Haverkampf started the scoring in the 56th minute on a cross from the left touchline to give the Hodags a 4-0 advantage. Seven minutes later Franson once again assisted Haverkampf on shot to the bottom left corner.
And in the 69th minute Franson completed her hat-trick on a shot that that went in to the bottom right corner. Rhinelander's final goal of the match came in the 82nd minute when Franson had a through-ball up to Brook Mork who centered the pass and Sturzl finished the play to the bottom right corner and RHS went on to earn the 7-0 shutout.
On the night, Rhinelander held a 42-1 advantage on shots but only were able to put half frame. Freshman Kahlie Arneson started in goal for the Hodags while senior Jada Appling closed the final 45 minutes as keeper.
After RHS suffered back-to-back losses on the season, the Hodags bounced back and now have won four straight against Great Northern Conference rivals, two of which were non-conference because of the conference season being cut in half. RHS will be back on the pitch on Tuesday night when they travel to Eagle River.