BOYS SOCCER: Hodags lose regional opener at Marshfield
RHS ends season 11-7-2 overall
BY PAUL LECKER
HUB CITY TIMES SPORTS REPORTER
MARSHFIELD — Marshfield scored four times in an 11-minute span late in the first half to bust open a tight game and went on to defeat Rhinelander, 7-1, in a WIAA Division 2 boys soccer regional semifinal Thursday at Griese Park.
Hunter McManus scored at the 7:51 mark off a booming corner kick from Collin Nikolai to put the Tigers on the board. Then the offense exploded.
Grant Urban knocked one in from 30 yards out at the 31:04 mark, Kade McManus scored 2:03 later, and Ethan Leischow and Hunter McManus added goals before halftime to give Marshfield a 5-0 lead at the break.
After Rhinelander’s Gunnar Millot scored the team’s only goal 11 minutes into the second half, Hunter McManus would finish off a hat trick with his third goal, and Kevin Cassidy connected in the 78th minute.
The Hodags ended the season 11-7-2 overall, while Marshfield won Saturday’s regional final over No. 3-seeded Pulaski, 4-1, and advanced to this coming Thursday’s sectional semifinal at No. 1-seeded Ashwaubenon.
Tigers 7, Hodags 1
Rhinelander 0 1 – 1
Marshfield 5 2 – 7
First half: 1. M, Hunter McManus (Collin Nikolai), 7:51; 2. M, Grant Urban, 31:04; 3. M, Kade McManus, 33:01; 4. M, Ethan Leischow (Klaus Friedli), 37:06; 5. M, H. McManus, 42:40.
Second half: 6. R, Gunnar Millot, 56:15; 7. M, H. McManus (Luke McCann), 75:20; 8. M, Kevin Cassidy (H. McManus) 77:29.
Total shots: Rhinelander 6; Marshfield 28.
Shots on goal: Rhinelander 4; Marshfield 21.
Corner kicks: Rhinelander 2; Marshfield 3.
Saves: R, Josh Randolph 14. M, Jared Klein 3.