Soccer

Rescheduled from a stormy night last Thursday, the Antigo Red Robins girls soccer team faced off in a Great Northern Conference rematch against the Medford Raiders.

In the last meeting between the teams, the Robins fared well with a 4-1 defeat, including an even game in the second half, 1-1.

This time around, the Robins would again do well, but this time it was a 1-1 first half and 0-3 second half in an identical 4-1 final score.

Antigo did get on the scoreboard first with an unassisted scoring drive from sophomore Anita Derks-Williams in the 24th minute.

Beyond Derks-Williams goal, other offensive contributors were Molly Nelson, Maggie Baginski, Kylee Walrath, and Margo Kelly.

Possession in the first half did favor Medford but Antigo held strong. Unfortunately in the 30th minute a Medford shot deflected off an Antigo defender’s legs and got past Antigo keeper Emma Lenzner.

Lenzner did notch a dozen first half saves as she confidently defended all other attacks. Shining at defense were outside backs Anna Evans and Bella Cmaylo, often shutting down Medford drives before they became dangerous.

This being their second to last home game, at half time the player’s parents were recognized and honored.

In second half play, Antigo held strong until the 57th minute, allowing another Medford goal, closely followed by others at 59 and 65.

Fighting hard in the midfield for Antigo were Torrence Spencer, Mia Schroepfer, Perla Martinez, and Jesse Hernandez.

Lenzner had 10 more saves in the second half.

“We had plenty of chances in the second half but luck favored Medford,” head coach Ben Wilhelm said. “It was a really even and hard fought game and it was enjoyable to see their hard work pay off as they’ve all grown so much this season.”

The loss drops the Robins to 1-13-1 overall, 0-9 in the GNC. Medford improved to 3-6 in league play, 3-13-1 overall.

Next up is the scheduled regular season finale against Lakeland Tuesday, who needs a win to clinch the conference championship. I will be a good litmus test for the Robins, who will then travel back to Lakeland on Tuesday, June 2 for regional play.

“We’re excited now to try and finish strong as we face back to back matches against Lakeland and see how our improvements stack up against one of our conference leaders,” Wilhelm added.

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