CWS Sports Desk
June 1, 2019
Marshfield — The Marshfield Tigers played excellent defense and got goals from three different players on the way to a 3-0 victory in a second-round playoff game at Griese Park Saturday, earning a rematch with Rhinelander on Thursday to battle for a spot in the sectional finals.
The Hodags took a 4-0 win over Merrill in Rhinelander on Saturday.
“Mikayla Brueggen showed why she was all-conference honorable mention in goal with two nice saves in the second half to prevent East from gaining momentum,” said Marshfield coach Steve Lindner. “Ana Paape, Eva Wahlstrom, Paige Gruenling, Ally Bakke, and Aly Dietsche have been outstanding all year and with the shutout recorded their eighth of the season.
“I am very proud of the entire team, and having as many players step up as their number was called today shows the depth of this team.”
Paige Preston started the scoring on a goal at the 8:23 mark after substantial early pressure by the Tigers. She was assisted by Nina Hashimoto.
“Nina passed a nice ball to Paige, who pulled the trigger to beat the East goalie,” Lindner said.
In the 24th minute, Courtney Meyer beat a defender and drove deep into the Lumberjacks’ end, then made a tough shot into the near post, one Lindner called “a heck of a shot from an incredible angle.” Overall, the Tigers outshot East 14-0 in the first half.
The 2-0 lead held well past halftime, and Hashimoto closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 81st minute for the final margin.
Alexis Tate had 10 saves in goal for East, while Brueggen finished with three.
Marshfield is now 12-7-2 and travels to Rhinelander for the second time this season, where it hopes to avenge a 2-0 defeat the the Hodags, the top seed in the seven-team Regional B of Sectional 1.
The winner of the game between Rhinelander and second-seeded Marshfield will advance to play the winner of Thursday’s game between Regional A’s No. 1 seed, River Falls, and its No. 2 seed, Onalaska. The game in Rhinelander begins at 5 p.m.
Rhinelander finished second in the Great Northern Conference behind Division 3’s 10th-ranked squad, Ashland, a 3-0 winner over Somerset on Saturday.