Rice Lake boys soccer advanced to the D3 regional final this Saturday after knocking off No. 9 seed Spooner 10-0 in 66 minutes on Thursday at Pug Lund Field in Rice Lake.
Rice Lake’s lead scorer, Parker Bowman opened up scoring at 11 minutes with an assist from senior defender Lucas Ho. Bowman notched four more goals before the game ended. Rice Lake was up 5-0 at halftime. Also scoring for Rice Lake were sophomore forward Edgar Sanchez with two goals, senior Ben Kemp, senior forward Louis Larson and junior Per Hanson to cinch the 10-0 win. Spooner goalkeeper Aaron Sacco had 24 saves for the night.
Kemp is credited with three assists for the night. Senior defender Cole Clark had two assists. Ethan Peterson, Ho, Kolbjorn Ahlberg and senior Joey Schmitz each had one assist. Warrior goal keeper Zach Holmstrom had one save for the night. Senior captain and defenseman Cole Schnoor returned to the field for the first time since being injured in early September, but Rice Lake is still down two players in sophomore Griffin Van Guilder with torn ligaments and senior Andy Crisler with a fractured collar bone.
With sights set on Saturday’s D3 regional final game, Rice Lake head coach Shawn Gilbert said No. 4 seed Amery should not be underestimated. “Amery is an experienced team. As the D4 state runner-up last year, we won’t take them lightly.”
Amery defeated No. 5-seed Osceola 4-2 earlier on Thursday at Amery. Rice Lake defeated Amery 6-1 earlier this season.
Saturday’s D3 regional final game between Rice Lake and Amery will be at Rice Lake beginning at 7 p.m.