Northland Pines advanced to the Regionals final with a convincing 5-1 victory over Wausau Newman last Thursday. Lauren Reese, No. 8, chased the ball with Lacey Gilomen, No. 20, looking on. The Eagles also won the Regionals final. —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Northland Pines advanced to the Regionals final with a convincing 5-1 victory over Wausau Newman last Thursday. Lauren Reese, No. 8, chased the ball with Lacey Gilomen, No. 20, looking on. The Eagles also won the Regionals final. —Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
The Northland Pines girls soccer team won the WIAA Division 4 Regional championship last week with a 5-1 win against Wausau Newman Catholic on Thursday and a 2-1 victory at Regis-McDonell Catholic in Chippewa Falls on Saturday. 

The win at Chippewa Falls avenged last year’s season-ending 1-0 loss to Regis-McDonell in the Sectional semifinal.

The Regional tournament started last Thursday at Samr Larsen Field as the third-seeded Eagles faced sixth-seeded Newman.

A Sami Haiduk to Rowan Klaver pass at 8:03 started the scoring for Pines against Newman. But Newman tied the game at 25 minutes when the Eagles did not clear out a corner kick. However, Klaver scored again at 39 minutes and then assisted Lacey Gilomen with 40 seconds remaining to close the first half ahead 3-1.

Second-half goals by Mia Mroczynski and Natalie Fluegel gave Pines the 5-1 win. 

McKenzie Mayo tallied seven saves for the Eagles.

Solid defending by Ellen Reese, Emma Sima, Kristin Schaars, D.J. Anderson, Hope Offerdahl and Carolynn Schaars limited Newman to 11 shots, while Pines generated 25 shots of their own.

Pines came out aggressively against second-seeded Regis-McDonell. Despite outshooting Regis-McDonell 11-4 in the first half, the Eagles led by only 1-0. The lone goal came at 35 minutes when Allie Kieffer beat two defenders on the dribble, took a shot which the keeper blocked, then knocked the rebound past the near post for the score.

“Allie was really determined on that play,” said Pines coach Larry Favorite. “You could just tell she was not going to be denied that goal.”

Regis-McDonell became more aggressive in the second half , creating more shots and then a goal to tie the score at 58 minutes. 

That set the stage for intense action for the final 32 minutes. As the game wore on, the Eagles began to possess the ball more, with several shots narrowly missing the goal.

With less than 2 minutes remaining, Maddie Romatoski found Gilomen with a little space on the left side, who then beat the keeper on the near post to give Pines the 2-1 lead which they held until the end. 

Mayo again played well, recording six saves on Regis-McDonell’s 10 shots. The Eagles generated 23 shots of their own on the day.

“This was another strong performance for this team, which has been playing very well as of late,” said Favorite. “I was especially happy with how we kept our composure when things weren’t going well. The girls worked through it all and really took control of the game in the last 15 minutes. They really wanted this win and just went out and got it.”

The win gave Pines the Regional championship and the opportunity to face top-seeded Wisconsin Rapids Assumption in the Sectional semifinal this Thursday, June 6, in Wisconsin Rapids at 7 p.m.

Assumption reached the Sectional semifinal with a 2-0 win over Washburn-Bayfield-South Shore in the Regional final.

The other Division 4 Sectional semifinal has top-seeded St. Mary Catholic in Neenah hosting second-seeded Wisconsin Heights-Barneveld. 

The Sectional final will be this Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic in Neenah.