The Rice Lake Warriors are headed to the state high school soccer tournament for the fourth time in 6 years. The Warriors defeated Waupaca, 3-0, on Saturday in Waupaca to advance in the Division 3 tournament.
The Warriors (17-4-1) face McFarland (16-2-4) in a state semifinal Thursday at 4:30 p.m. at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. In Thursday's second Division 3 semifinal, Shorewood (18-3-3) plays Seymour (20-1). The championship game is Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
McFarland has the No. 1 state seed, followed by Shorewood, Seymour and Rice Lake.
Rice Lake has played in the state tournament three previous times, in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Warriors finished runner-up in 2015, and lost their opening state game in the other 2 years.
Rice Lake School District plans to take both High School and Middle School student fan buses to Thursday's game. Cost is $20, which includes a game ticket. The buses will leave the respective schools at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and are expected return about midnight.
Students should sign up by noon Wednesday at the schools' main office, where a permission form is available. The permission form must be turned in with payment. Students are advised to bring along food for the bus trip, or money for concessions at the game, as there will be no bus stops for eating.
There will also be a student and community pep rally for the soccer team before they leave for Milwaukee on Thursday at 7:45 a.m. in Ole Olsen Gym at Rice Lake High School.
In Saturday's sectional championship win, Rice Lake led 1-0 at halftime and added two goals in the second half. Cole Schnoor scored in the first half, and Ben Kemp and Louis Larson in the second half.
Rice Lake shut out Waupaca as goalkeeper Zach Holmstrom made four saves.