Seth Surendonk scored two goals and tallied an assist as the Wisconsin Rapids boys soccer team rolled to a 6-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference victory over Merrill on Tuesday.
The win pushes the Raiders’ record to 11-6-3 overall. David Sickey added a goal in the first half, and John Larsen, Zack Loken and Nick Reber all scored in the second half. Kevin Banack also turned in five saves for the Raiders.
“We had a little bit of an advantage early with two goals scored (in the first half), and then Merrill, who is a very tough team, when they scored we wanted to make sure and come into the second half and regain control of the game,” said Rapids coach Derek Bell. “I felt like our second half was good, and we got a couple of early goals in that half that helped us find a decent rhythm. We just had to come back out in the second half and (work) to get the game under control.”
The Raiders conference record now stands at 6-2-3. Merrill drops to 0-9-2 on the season.
1st half: 6:09 Rapids: David Sickey(no asst.); 18:00 Rapids: Seth Surendonk(Zack Loken); 28:00 Merrill: Carl Noland;
2nd half 41:00 Rapids: Seth Surendonk(no asst.); 48:41 Rapids: John Larsen(no asst.); 52:40 Rapids: Zack Loken(John Larsen); 61:55 Rapids: Nick Reber(Matt Hepp)
Saves: Merrill: 6 saves combined by Nathan Beyer and David Pophal; Rapids: Kevin Banack, 5 saves.
Stratford 3, Assumption 1
STRATFORD – Sadie Zurfluh collected 19 assists and Mary Sigler chipped in with 12 kills, but the Royals were unable to overcome the Tigers in a 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18 Marawood Conference loss.
“We played hard trying I was impressed with our play, but we would get down a little bit and then we couldn’t come back,” Assumption coach April Hafferman said.
Gena Grunehoffer helped out with three solo blocks and a pair of assisted blocks for the Royals.
Wild Rose 3, Port Edwards 1
WILD ROSE – Nicole Marshall had a team-high 10 kills, but the Blackhawks fell to the Wildcats in a Central Wisconsin Conference-10 match 25-22, 25-16, 23-25, 25-16.
Morgan Grunden added nine assists for Port Edwards.
“Lexi Schraeder passed well and had a good all-around match,” Port Edwards coach Lisa Miller said. “We hope to do some good things at the conference tournament this weekend.”
Pittsville 3, Edgar 1
PITTSVILLE – Marissa Ortner was efficient, putting down 56 percent of her attacks, finishing with 14 kills to lead the Panthers to a 25-21, 17-25, 25-22, 26-24 Marawood Conference South Division victory over the Wildcats.
Briana Ziemendorf led the Panthers with 29 assists and Tasha Vogel chipped in 12 digs.