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Hodags, Pines advance to sectional finalsSubmitted: 06/12/2014
Story By Joe Dufek

Hodags, Pines advance to sectional finals
RHINELANDER - The Hodag girls soccer team has never made it to the state tournament.

A year ago, Rhinelander reached the Division 1 sectional semifinals. Rhinelander was shutout by D.C. Everest on the road.

Thursday night, Hodags were playing their final home game. This time, it was Marshfield in Rhinelander in the Division Two section semifinals.

And Rhinelander jumped on the board early and often.

Sydney Zettler and Liz Krug combined for all seven goals in Rhinelander's 7-0 victory.


Rhinelander faces River Falls Saturday afternoon for the sectional final in Wausau. Game time at Wausau East High School is at 4:30pm.

You can watch the highlights in the video above.

In Division Three, Northland Pines faced West Salem on the road. Eagles with a 3-1 victory. Eagles will face Ashland on Saturday in that sectional final scheduled for 1pm in Chippewa Falls.

In Division One, D.C. Everest knocked off Stevens Point 4-1. Evergreens take on Appleton North on Saturday.



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