Sagen Quale keeps intense focus on the ball as she tries to lead her team to victory on Thursday, May 2 in Eagle River.
Sagen Quale keeps intense focus on the ball as she tries to lead her team to victory on Thursday, May 2 in Eagle River.
The Lakeland girls soccer team saw three different teams as they played three games in three days.



Northland Pines

The first game came against Northland Pines in a conference matchup on Thursday, May 2. The Eagles took the game by a score of 1-0.

Fatigue was definitely a factor as it was the Thunderbirds’ third game of the week. They managed 17 shots, but could not find the back of the net.

Clair Kaminski was back in the goal again and she recorded nine saves on the day.

Northland Pines could’ve scored more goals, but saw a lot of opportunities hit the post or go over the net.

“We didn’t have the depth of the bench that we needed so that really hurt us,” coach Stephanie Hartzheim said. “We had some opportunities to score, but just couldn’t finish.”



Marquette

Friday, May 3 was the first game of a mini tournament hosted by Lakeland. Lakeland played Marquette (MI) first and saw Marquette win 7-0.

Marquette came out aggressive right away and had much more bounce than the Thunderbirds. They showed this by scoring two goals in the first 12 minutes.

The Thunderbirds struggled with controlling the ball for most of the first half, unable to get anything successful going past the 50 yard line. The Redettes put three more goals and took a halftime lead of 5-0.

The second half had more energy for the Thunderbirds. Kaminski made some really nice saves to preserve the lead, including a breakaway by Marquette’s Ivy Pickard.

Two more goals were scored to make it 7-0 in the 63rd minute, but Lakeland would make sure that was it.

For about a span of five minutes, all the momentum was with Lakeland and they nearly scored a goal in the 74th minute by Abby Parris. That was as close as they would get.

“They’re very, very tired, I tried to rotate them in, I pulled JV players the second half to fill in for legs,” Hartzheim said.



Washburn

Saturday, May 4 had the Thunderbirds play Washburn. This time it was the Thunderbirds who went out on top, winning 6-0.

After leading the first half 3-0, it was the second half that had a lot of fun moments. Sophia Myshchyshyn scored in the 57th minute off the post after a nice pass from Elaina Irmick to make it 4-0.

Then it was a beautiful shot from Leah Wolfe outside the box to make it 5-0 in the 65th minute. Finally, KT Tharman put the stamp on it with a goal by a defender in the last minute of the game.

“She actually is one of our best shooters on the team,” Hartzheim said. “She’ll be a great asset to bring up a little bit more on corner kicks.”

The  team will look to rest up after playing five games in six days. Their next game comes tonight at home against Antigo at 7 p.m.

Brett LaBore may be reached at brett@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.