The Rhinelander High School girls' soccer team capped off their regular season schedule with a 3-1 road win at Northland Pines on Thursday night. The Hodags used a pair of long goals in the first half to earn the two-goal victory and would finish second in the Great Northern Conference standings.
The Eagles packed their defense in to limit Rhinelander on their shots within the 18-yard box. RHS adjusted to Pines defense and would capitalize on their first shot beyond the 18 in the 22nd minute when senior Payton Van Zile found the back of the net to put the Hodags on the board.
Then late in the first half, Rhinelander doubled their lead when fellow senior Emma Hjelle also scored when the Eagles attempted to clear a corner kick. Hjelle fired from about 23 yards back in 38th a minute to give RHS a 2-0 advantage going into the half.
Northland Pines did not waste anytime in the second half and would score in the first minute after returning to the field. Rowan Klaver beat the Hodags' defense and put one passed sophomore keeper Kahlie Arneson. But that would be the only goal Arneson and the defense would allow in the match.
Rhinelander would maintain their one-goal lead for a majority of the second half, until they got a goal late in the match from sophomore Ella Schiek. Senior Jaden Olski had well-placed cross that Schiek was on the receiving end and would score in the 87th minute for their final goal of the night.
RHS would hold a 16-7 advantage on total shots while Arneson earned the win and recorded four saves. The Hodags will have a break in action as they now focus their attention on the postseason. Rhinelander will have a bye in the first-round after earning the No. 1 seed. RHS will host either Hortonville or Merrill on Saturday, June 1st at 5:00PM at the RHS soccer field.