RHS to face Clintonville in regional final
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
Scoring early and often turned out to be the key Thursday when the top-seeded Rhinelander High School boys soccer team tallied all its goals in the first 20 minutes and recorded a 4-0 victory over No. 8-seeded Medford in the Hodags’ opening WIAA Division 3 Regional game in the field in front of RHS.
The Hodags scored a pair of goals within a minute of each other on two occasions.
RHS’s first goal came on a penalty kick by Jonus Sabani at 6:41, followed by Richie Triplet scoring at 6:56.
Sabani added an unassisted goal 18:48 into the first half before Matthew Von Oepen tallied the Hodags’ final goal assisted by Daniel Ritchie at the 19:24 mark.
RHS ended up with a 20-7 advantage in shots on goal with Josh Randolph recording the shutout win in net.
The Hodags, who improved their overall season record to 15-3-2, will host their regional final at 3:30 p.m. Saturday against No. 4-seeded Clintonville. The winner advances to the Oct. 26 sectional semifinal against the winner between No. 3-seeded New London and No. 2-seeded Amherst/Iola-Scandinavia/Rosholt with the highest remaining seed hosting that game.