Mosinee and Medford are at the top of the Great Northern Conference soccer standings, and the game played out with the slimmest of margins. This game went right to the end of regulation, with Medford pulling out the victory. From the opening whistle, every ball, pass and shot was a contested affair, with limited shots and opportunities making any chance the teams got incredibly meaningful.
In first half, Mosinee played with an intensity not seen yet in the team this year. The boys flew to every ball. What they also were able to do is control the ball better than the team has. Josh Ivey, Cole Kowalski, Tucker Kowalski, Ben Harris, Colton Blank and Grant Gabrielski took turns on the Mosinee defense, not letting any serious shot attempt come to Keaton Wieloch in goal. Mosinee pushed the attack into Medford’s territory and their flat-back four. Caden Schmirler, spelled by Connor Cvar, took turns pushing the edge. Both teams got some looks at the goal, but neither keeper had to make any especially dramatic saves. The score at halftime was 0-0.
In the second half, the minutes rolled by with no balls in the net. Around the 55th minute, Mosinee seemed to light up ever so slightly, and Medford took advantage. In a scrum in front of the net, Silas Wipf scored off an assist by Naut VanMeurs. As has been the case so many times this season, Mosinee immediately responded and had the ball feet from the Medford goal line. This time, however, the ball flew harmlessly over the frame. That ended up being one of the best chances for Mosinee, and the equalizing score never materialized. The boys battled up and down the pitch right to the 80th minute, with every pass and touch contested. In the end, Medford left Edgewood Park with a 1-0 victory, and moved one game clear of Mosinee in the GNC standings.
Before the game there was a special ceremony, dedicating the new lights at Edgewood. Secretary-designee Kathy Blumenfeld gave remarks, along with Tim Parker from the Community Foundation and Mosinee City Administrator Jeff Gates. The businesses, school officials, private foundations and citizens that supported the project celebrated the project’s completion.
Mosinee is next on the field at Wausau East on Saturday, with an 11am kickoff.
Mosinee’s record now stands at 4-2-2, 1-1-1 in the Great Northern Conference.
Thanks to Mosinee Head Coach Joseph Carlson for the game recap
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