Soccer: Iron Mountain blanks Three Lakes
KINGSFORD — Iron Mountain took control early and shut out Three Lakes 5-0 on Tuesday.
Before the game, Iron Mountain coach Zack Frorenza was worried the Mountaineers might play lackadaisical the day after beating their rival Kingsford.
“That was definitely a concern of mine coming into it. It’s easy to wake up and be pumped up to play against Kingsford,” Frorenza said. “Then to do it back to back can be emotionally draining. It’s not like we even played them twice in a row – we played them yesterday. They’re probably a little bit physically beat up too along with mentally drained. It started a little slow and sluggish and after the first portion of the game, as it went on, they snapped out of that and did pretty well.”
The Mountaineers were led with two goals by Hanna Ellis.
Frorenza switched the lineup around for the Senior Night game, such as moving defenders Hailey Ellis and Marissa Klarich up on the offensive side to try scoring goals. Klarich scored with about 10 minutes left in the second half and Hailey Ellis almost had a goal with a handful of scoring chances.
“For a minute I was thinking I might have to make some permanent moves because it was looking like those two were going to start scoring goals. We’ve been struggling to do that a little bit,” Frorenza said. “That was good to see that they got to do that. It’s kind of thankless to be stuck on defense all the time. They’re kind of the most important position, so for those two to get up there and make some things happen, that had to be exciting for them. It was exciting for everyone else, we had people passing up shots to help them get a goal that they don’t usually get to do.”
Riley Poupore opened the scoring with a goal about halfway through the first half. Hanna’s goal came about 10 minutes later.
Reagan Llundholm scored the Mountaineers’ final goal with about five minutes left in the game.
The Mountaineers didn’t allow Three Lakes any dangerous scoring opportunities. The Mountaineers controlled the ball primarily between the Three Lakes’ 18 box and midfield.
“They’re a good, well coached team. You can see their skill level is good,” Three Lakes coach Abel Bean said. “For us, we’re up and coming, developing our skills, getting to that level. We’re just not in the condition yet to be able to play a full 90 minutes with them. We played about 20 minutes pretty evenly and then conditioning and experience kicked in for them. That’s what the difference was.”
Bean said he started six freshmen and three sophomores against the Mountaineers. The season has been about building the soccer program and putting players in different positions.
“We don’t have a goalie either, that’s another thing. It’s just whoever volunteers to play right now,” Bean said. “They’re just learning positions, we’re learning team play — just real basic stuff right now. This whole season is just to get the foundation in place.”
Iron Mountain plays in the Antigo Invite on Saturday.
Three Lakes 0 0 — 0
Iron Mountain 2 3 — 5
IM — Riley Poupore
IM — Hanna Ellis
IM — Ellis
IM — Marissa Klarich
IM — Reagan Lundholm