5/15/2013 3:34:00 PM Soccer team 5-4 in Big Rivers
Kara Komoto's goal on a penalty kick with 8 minutes remaining gave Rice Lake a 1-0 home win over Menomonie in Big Rivers soccer Tuesday. The win lifted Rice Lake over the .500 mark in the conference at 5-4. The Warriors are 11-5-1 overall after winning three of four games in the past week. The Warriors are back in action this Wednesday night with a makeup game against Eau Claire North, starting at 7 p.m. Rice Lake plays at Superior on Friday afternoon and hosts Eau Claire Memorial on Tuesday in a conference season finale at 7 p.m. The Warriors have already surpassed their program record in conference wins, which was three. Rice Lake goalkeepr Hannah Arrigoni recorded Tuesday's shutout by making four saves. She faced six shots. Komoto got the penalty kick opportunity after Jessie Byrnes was pulled down while going for a clear shot on goal. Warriors coach Mike Shomion selected Komoto, now the all-time Rice Lake girls' leading scorer, to take the penalty shot, and Komoto connected with a shot to the corner. The Warriors had a big advantage in scoring chances, putting 31 shots at the Menomonie net. Goalie Caitlyn Zunker had a big performance with 17 saves. Rice Lake also won in Big Rivers play last Thursday at Hudson, 2-1. Komoto scored on an assist from Shelby Golden only 2 minutes into the game, but Hudson got the tying goal only a minute later. The game remained 1-1 until Emma Nielsen's unassisted goal midway through the second half, giving Rice Lake the win. Arrigoni faced 15 shots and was credited with 10 saves. Rice Lake dropped its first game in Saturday's tournament at Hayward, but not before taking Ashland into a penalty kick shoot-out after the teams played to a 1-1 in 60 minutes of regulation and two 5-minute overtimes. Ashland won the shoot-out 3-2. Rice Lake trailed in the game 1-0 before Komoto scored 11 minutes into the second half on an assist from Hannah Schweitzer. Rice Lake wrapped up its tourney day with a 5-0 blanking of Bayfield/Washburn. Arrigoni and Rachel Heinecke shared goalie duties to combine on the shutout. The only save was by Heinecke. Arrigoni and Heinecke also shared goalie duties against Ashland, with Arrigoni making the only two saves. Komoto scored twice against Bayfield/Washburn, and Megan Walsh, Golden and Byrnes had one goal each. Byrnes and Jennifer Terrell picked up assists.