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.