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Mountaineer soccer

Defensive battle with Antigo

May 1, 2012
The Daily News

ANTIGO, Wis. - MaKayla Berger and Tasha Khor supplied Iron Mountain's offense in a 2-0 girls soccer shutout over Antigo here Monday evening.

"The game was a defensive battle for the first half with very few shots on goal," Mountaineers coach Jim Laydon said.

Antigo was giving Iron Mountain through balls up the middle, time after time shutting down the breakaway by the Mountaineers forwards. But about midway through the first half Berger broke free from her center defender position and was able to push her way all the way up to take a shot.

"While that shot went just over the cross bar, it showed the way through Antigo's defense," Laydon said.

Later in the half, in the 35th minute, Berger once again broke free, this time finding the back of the net with a bending ball from the right goal line.

"MaKayla's shot was one for the highlight reels," Laydon said. "She had two defenders chasing her far right and she was still able to get the shot off. She bent it around the near post and into the upper corner out of reach of the Antigo keeper."

Antigo came out strong after halftime with a flurry of shots on freshman keeper Hannah Hakamaki. But Iron Mountain was able to fend off all the scoring attempts and put one more in to ice the game in the 71st minute.

Berger sent in a free kick which resulted from an Antigo penalty. The kick was headed into the far post upper corner but was tipped out by the Antigo Keeper. Lil Khor chased it down and sent it back in to her sister Tasha, who powered it low to finish the game for the Mountaineers.

Mountaineers finished with six shots. Goalie Audrey Laurila made two saves, while Hakamaki had eight.

Mountaineers host Marquette this evening.



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