Marshfield girls soccer claims regional championship
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield girls soccer team are Division 2 champions, following a 3-0 win against Wausau East in a June 1 WIAA regional final at Griese Park.
Paige Preston scored a goal at the 8:59 minute mark in the first half, assisted by Nina Hashimoto. Courtney Meyer followed that with a goal at the 23:23, assisted by Sophia Gruenling.
“Nina passed a nice ball to Paige who pulled the trigger to beat the East goalie,” Head Coach Steve Lindner said after the game. “With continued pressure Courtney Meyer made a heck of a shot from an incredible angle to beat Alexis Tate near post. Courtney beat a defender and drove deep into East territory and fired a shot near post that the East goalie could only deflect off her hands and off the post into the goal. An incredible blast.”
Hashimoto sealed the deal in the second half, with a goal at 81:15 minutes.
“The goal was (Nina’s) 35th of the year and tied former standout Darian Molter for most goals in a season,” Lindner said. “Darian passed on her well wished to Nina thru assistant coach and dad Jeff Molter and was rooting for her to get her record or tie it in the regional championship. The team wanted to show the defense we can put up and shut down East in the game.”
Mikayla Brueggen had three saves in the game. “Mikayla had two super saves in the second half to prevent East any opportunity to get back into the game,” added Lindner.
“Ana Paape, Eva Wahlstrom, Paige Gruenling, Ally Bakke, Aly Dietsche have been outstanding all year and with the shutout recorded their eighth of the season.
“Just a great all around performance by this team. The depth has been evident all season and today again with the entire team having a hand in this victory.”
The Tigers will now face Rhinelander June 6 in a sectional semifinal. The game starts at 5 p.m. in Rhinelander.