Eagles freshman Cameron Birchbauer (No. 3) launches a kick that scores the second goal for the Eagles in the first period against the Bluejays. —Photos By Kerry Griebenow
Eagles freshman Cameron Birchbauer (No. 3) launches a kick that scores the second goal for the Eagles in the first period against the Bluejays. —Photos By Kerry Griebenow
The Northland Pines boys soccer team won two of three games last week, including one Great Northern Conference (GNC) game.

The Eagles traveled to Lakeland last Tuesday and came home with a 3-2 win. 

All three goals were scored by sophomore Ryan Muench. Assists went to Zachary Ritter and Owen Uebe.

“We played great during this game and were able to hold off a pretty skilled Lakeland team,” said Pines coach Mark Pinski. “Our defense actually did a pretty good job of stopping their goal scorers. Even though we gave up two goals, we had a great team defensive effort to get the win. 

“Ryan obviously played great scoring the hat trick.  He was able to use his speed and finishing ability to put three in the back of the net,” said Pinski. 

Pines hosted a solid Medford team on Friday and lost 1-0, with the Raiders getting the lone goal in the second half.

“We played great in the first half of this game, but just couldn’t convert any goals. Medford scored a good goal in the second half,” said Pinski.

Northland Pines finished the week with a 4-1 victory in a nonconference game at Three Lakes-Phelps last Saturday. 

Uebe, a junior, scored three goals for the Eagles, while freshman Cameron Birchbauer also found the net.

“This was a good win for us. Owen played a great game for us. We did a good job of playing balls to him on the left wing and he converted nicely,” said Pinski.

“Cameron’s goal came off a deflection from the keepers hand on a Uebe shot,” said Pinski.

“Our defense did a good job. Colby Kruse had a great game in goal. He had some really tricky saves late in the game,” said Pinski.

Pines, 6-4 overall and 4-4 in the GNC, was scheduled to host Lakeland on Tuesday of this week and will play at Mosinee this Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. to close out the regular season. 

The WIAA?Division 3 Regional tournament will start next Thursday, Oct. 22. Northland Pines got the second seed behind top seeded Marshfield Columbus Catholic, who will get a bye in the first round. The Eagles will face seventh-seeded Wausau Newman Catholic in Eagle River at 4 p.m. Oct. 22.

Three Lakes-Phelps got the fifth seed and will play at Three Lakes against fourth-seeded Northland Lutheran at 4 p.m. Oct. 22. The other game in the Regional will see third-seeded Nekoosa facing sixth-seeded Pacelli.

The second round of the Regional will be played Saturday, Oct. 24.