Northland Pines junior Jack Gremban put defensive pressure on Rhinelander forward Tucker Frederickson.
Northland Pines junior Jack Gremban put defensive pressure on Rhinelander forward Tucker Frederickson.
The Northland Pines boys soccer team won three games last week, including a 2-0 victory over Rhinelander in the first Great Northern Conference (GNC) game of the season in Eagle River last Tuesday.

The Eagles also beat Shawano 3-2 and New London 4-0 in a double dual at Mosinee Saturday.

In the win over Rhine­lander, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Mason Hogenmiller at the 10-minute mark of the first half. The goal was assisted by Brady Snedden.

“Brady had an amazing assist with a really nice run and finish by Mason on the first goal,” said Pines coach Mark Pinski.

Sam Gremban got the Eagles’ second goal in the second half, assisted by Mason Hogenmiller.

“The goal by Sam was a great shot that deflected off a defender, tipped by the keeper and hit the post before it went in,” said Pinski. “We have been encouraging the boys to take some more chances with shooting and Sam really capitalized on that.”

The Rhinelander game was played in very rainy conditions, but the Eagles got the shutout despite a slippery field. 

“We did a great job of controlling this game and keeping possession,” said Pinski. “Our back line of Brett Wilkins, Bjorn Luebke, Jack Gremban and Brady Snedden did a great job of controlling any attacks from Rhine­lander.”

The Eagles were also scheduled to play Antigo in a GNC game last Thursday, but that game was canceled due to lightning.

In the nonconference double dual in Mosinee Saturday, the Eagles opened against Shawano, winning 3-2.

Liam Oas scored all three goals for the Eagles — one on a penalty kick and the two others on breakaways. Both goals were assisted by Lawson Bau. 

Pines goalkeeper Colby Kruse had nine saves. 

“We had 30 shots in this game and had a great buildup and attack, but obviously needed to finish a little better,” said Pinski.

In the 4-0 victory over New London, goals were scored by Oas (2), with assists by Trevor Romatoski and Sam Gremban; Alex Sternhagen, assisted by Owen Uebe; and Wilkins on a penalty kick.

Kruse had five saves. 

“We had 32 shots in this game and could have finished much better. I was very happy with our possession and attack in the offensive third. We had control of the possession,” said Pinski.

Pinski said several players had a good day in Mosinee.

“Ryan Muench did a great job all day at left wingback and center back. Jason Ritter also did a great job filling in at right wingback,” said Pinski.

Pinski said the double dual was an opportunity for the coaches to try several boys in different positions, as well as get everyone plenty of playing time.

“We realized how versatile many of the boys are and we were able to experiment with our lineup,” said Pinski. “I was really proud of the boys for playing so well and giving a top-notch effort.” 

Pines, 1-0 in the GNC and 3-1 overall, was scheduled to play at Chippewa Falls in a nonconference game on Tuesday of this week and will host Lakeland this Thursday, Sept. 12, at 4:30 p.m. in a GNC game. The Eagles will then host Medford next Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 4:30 p.m. in another GNC game on Sam Larsen Field.