The Northland Pines boys soccer team tied Three Lakes/Phelps 2-2 in a nonconference game last Friday in Three Lakes.

The Bluejays scored both of their goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead.

“We got off to a horrible start in this game and did not play very well for the majority of the fist half,” said Pines coach Mark Pinski. “We were missing our starting center back for this game and are still hoping to get Mason Hogenmiller, our leader in points from last year, back in the lineup.”

Pinski said the Eagles played better in the second half.

“We talked at halftime how we had to come out more physical and with some more passion to make things happen,” said Pin­ski.

Ryan Muench scored on a nice header off a corner kick assisted by Owen Uebe in the 56th minute to make it 2-1.  

“We had 12 corner kicks again in this game which is always a positive stat,” said Pinski. “Most of them came in the second half when our offensive attack was much more effective.”  

Andrew Hartwig scored with a left-footed shot in the 62nd minute to tie the game at 2-2.

“We had many more chances in the second half, but could not convert,” said Pinski. “Three Lakes/Phelps has a very solid team. We’re looking forward to playing them again at Pines.”  

The Eagles also topped the Antigo Red Robins 2-0 in a Great Northern Conference (GNC) game last Thursday.

“We created several opportunities in this game, but could not finish very well,” said Pinski. “We controlled the game with some great possession and played solid defense.”

Uebe scored in the 17th minute, with the assist from Muench to make it 1-0.

Muench then scored in the 70th minute on a header from a corner kick taken by Uebe.  

“We had 12 corner kicks in this game,” said Pinski. “Patrick Roth only had to make five saves in goal, which means our defense was solid.”

Pines was also scheduled to play McDonell/Regis last Tuesday, but they canceled due to injuries and the game may be rescheduled.

Pines, 3-2-1 overall and 2-1 in the GNC, was scheduled to play at Lakeland on Tuesday of this week and will host Medford this Thursday, Sept. 16, at 4:30 p.m. Both are GNC games.