STAR JOURNAL REPORT
For the sixth season in a row, the Rhinelander High School varsity girls soccer team is the Great Northern Conference champion.
The Hodags clinched the GNC title Tuesday with a 4-1 victory at Ashland.
RHS jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead with a pair of goals from Alayna Franson and Anna Sturzl also scoring.
Ashland scored its only goal in the second half when one of the Hodag defenders deflected a ball into the goal. Sturzl added a goal late in the half before the game was called after the third lightning delay with 7:26 remaining.
Two of RHS’s goals were assisted by Sydney Zettler with Franson also recording an assist.
Shots on goal favored the Hodags, 11-4, with Abby Oettinger making three saves and picking up the win in net.
RHS improved its season record to 11-0 in the GNC and 15-3 overall going into Saturday’s non-conference home game against Wausau West at the Hansen Lake soccer field.
The Hodags close out their regular-season schedule next week with three conference home games in which they will play May 22 against Medford, May 23 against Newman Catholic and May 25 against Antigo.