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home : sports : sports January 25, 2015


4/16/2014 4:35:00 PM
Warriors get key tie at River Falls
Dave Greschner
Sports editor

The Rice Lake Warriors soccer team got Tuesday what they would have liked Saturday. A 0-0 tie.
The Warriors went on the road for their first Big Rivers game of the season and played River Falls to a 0-0 tie in a 100-minute, double overtime defensive struggle.
It was Rice Lake's fourth game of the season, with all of those games coming in a 5-day stretch. The Warriors are 2-1-1, including a season-opening overtime win over Superior last Friday.
Saturday, the Warriors were only 30 seconds away from a scoreless tie they would have gladly settled for against their Division 2 nemesis Ashland.
In the final game of a three-team round robin in Rice Lake, Kaiya Voldberg's free kick for Ashland resulted in the game's only goal at the 79:30 mark. The game would not have gone to overtime since it was the second game of the day for both teams.
"Thirty seconds might be the difference in playing at home or going to Ashland in the playoffs," said Warriors coach Mike Shomion of the early game with postseason seeding implications.
Rice Lake lost at Ashland last year in the Division 2 sectional semifinal, 2-0. It was the fifth time in six seasons that Ashland has knocked Rice Lake out of the playoffs.
Rice Lake junior goaltender Hannah Arrigoni had a big game in Tuesday's scoreless tie at River Falls. Arrigoni faced 22 shots and was credited with 17 saves.
Arrigoni's key save came with only 10 minutes remaining when she knocked down a River Falls penalty kick and grabbed the ball before the Wildcats could get on the rebound.
Arrigoni's counterpart, Mica Rivera, faced 19 shots and made 12 saves.
"Both teams played real well. It could have gone either way, but it's a positive for us because we haven't had much luck ever playing at River Falls," said Shomion.
River Falls finished second in the Big Rivers last season, just ahead of Rice Lake.
Rice Lake had several scoring chances, including on a couple of shots that went just wide of the goal and a couple of shots by senior forward Hannah Schweitzer that Rivera made good saves on.
Arrigoni had four saves in Saturday night's 1-0 loss to Ashland. The only shot that got past the junior goalie was Voldberg's well-placed free kick to the upper right corner from 20 yards out.
The free kick was awarded after a hand ball by the Warriors.
"It was a real even, good game. Both teams played good defense," said Shomion.
The Warriors had several good scoring chances against Oredockers' goalie Mollie Richardson, who made five saves.
Rice Lake's Schweitzer actually got the ball past Richardson in the first half, but the goal was waved off because of an offsides call on the Warriors.
Another close call came in the second half when Emma Nielsen's shot hit the bottom of the cross bar and fell straight down behind Richardson but just outside of the goal line.
In Saturday's first game, Rice Lake rolled over Osceola, 6-0. One goal would have been enough as Rice Lake's veteran defense kept the Chieftains from getting the ball anywhere near Arrigoni, who never touched the ball in the 80 minutes of play.
Nielsen, Schweitzer, Addison Bowman and Madeline Hafele scored goals in the first half, while Rachel Heinecke had both of Rice Lake's goals in the second half.
Hafele was also credited with one assist.
In the middle game of Saturday's triangular, Ashland defeated Osceola, 4-0.
Schweitzer got the winning goal with only 2 minutes remaining in overtime in Friday night's 2-1 home win against Superior.
The senior forward Schweitzer picked up a long pass from defender Allison Walsh at mid field and got a step on the Spartan defender. Schweitzer's 15-yard low shot beat Superior goalie Sammy Young to the corner.
Rice Lake took a 1-0 lead 12 minutes into the game on Heinecke's header off a crossing pass from Jennifer Terrell. Superior tied the game before the end of the first half on a penalty kick by Malley O'Brien.
Arrigoni faced 12 shots and made nine saves. Young faced 15 shots and was credited with 10 saves.
The Warriors have given up only two goals in the first four games, one on a free kick and the other on a penalty kick.
"Our defense and Hannah are playing excellent," said Shomion.
Rice Lake returns to action this Thursday with a conference game at Eau Claire North, starting at 5 p.m. The Warriors host Hudson on Tuesday in a 7 p.m. start.

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