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Mosinee Blanks Northland Pines in Boys’ Soccer, 2-0
Mosinee took on Northland Pines in the first game of the second half of the Great Northern Conference season. Mosinee was hoping to flip the script from a 3-2 loss at Eagle River early in the season. In addition, The River Cup was up for grabs, the travelling trophy that goes to the winner of the two-game season series.
Mosinee won the toss and took advantage of a light breeze to push the game into the Pines end. Mosinee did what they could to work the ball up the wings to Ondrej Napravik and Thomas Miller. Crashing in the middle was Toren Holtz and Caden Schmirler. Shots on goal were taken, but nothing came through for Mosinee. Mosinee kept the pressure kept on and Toren slipped a pass into Cole Holtz in the middle of the field where Cole ripped a long shot on the ground the Pines keeper couldn’t touch, making it 1-0 at 7”.
Mosinee kept the pressure up, but the Pines offsides trap was on-point. Two times the Mosinee boys were celebrating goals only to look over at the assistant referee with his flag in the air for offsides. Mosinee got their shots, but nothing came through.
In the second half Northland Pines put pressure on the Mosinee goal, but nothing could get through Mosinee keeper Keaton Wieloch. The defenses’ central battery of Josh Ivey and Cole Kowalski limited the chances to just 3 shots on the night. But the lead stood at just one goal for most of the game. With just 7 minutes left in the game Mosinee won a direct kick near midfield, and Cole Holtz placed the ball right into the Pines penalty area where Garret Donohue chipped in the backbreaking second goal. From there Mosinee tightened up the defense and took every opportunity to slow the game down. Mosinee finished with a 2-0 victory. The River Cup stays in Mosinee for another year due to Mosinee’s advantage in goal differential.
Mosinee is now 4-2 and in second place in the Great Northern Conference.
Following the game the Mosinee boys recognized educators that made a difference in their life. With a card and an apple the guys shared how the teachers and staff of the Mosinee School District made a difference in their lives.
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