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The Antigo Red Robins boys soccer program showed how far it has come Saturday, scoring a 1-0 non-conference win at Ashland.

The last time the Red Robins and Oredockers met on the soccer pitch was 2014, when Ashland shut out Antigo 11-0 in a regional playoff game. However, the 2018 results fell heavily in favor of the Robins.

As play opened in Saturday's match, it became clear that Antigo was the better team, with the Robins holding possession for more than 75 percent of the time.

Freshman Alex Samolinski got Antigo's offense started with three solid shots on goal in the early stages of the first half.

“As we got rolling, it seemed all our shots were going right into the keeper's hands,” Head Coach Ben Wilhelm said. “We finally found the net 20 minutes in, Jacob Peloquin sent a crossing pass into the keeper's box and the Samolinski brothers worked together to collect the pass and carefully ensure it crossed the goal line.”

Senior Noah Samolinski got the final touch for the goal, with his brother Alex garnering the assist.

In addition to Peloquin and the Samolinskis, Brody Bunnell also offered up significant offensive contributions in the first half.

The Robins recorded eight shots, six on goal in the first half, plus almost a dozen additional crossing passes in Ashland's side that didn't fully develop into a threatening shot.

Freshman Frank McKenna made his varsity debut at goaltender, with starting keeper Cordell Umland ill. McKenna needed to make just three first have saves, with Ashland's offense relatively held in check.

“When I saw Frank warming up I knew he was going to have a great day,” Wilhelm noted. “He served us confidently and played every ball just right, we couldn't have won without him today.”

Second half play saw the Robins continue their offensive barrage with six shots and four on goal, again with many sends and crosses that just fell one step short of developing.

Offensive standouts in the second half included Noah Samolinski and sophomore Zech Steber. Also offering offensive looks were Peloquin and Bunnell again, along with seniors Lenny Ebel and Grant Meeks.

Ashland continued to battle in the second half, fighting hard for a team with few subs on its bench. The Oredockers had more possession time in the second half, forcing Antigo's defense to work harder.

McKenna recorded another five saves in the second half, two of the dangerous variety, which were expertly handled.

The stops came in the final 20 minutes of the match, as Ashland's Tim Meyer nearly scored twice, but was denied both times by McKenna.

Meyer's first shot knocked off the crossbar, narrowly missed crossing the goal line, and was quickly collected by McKenna. Meyer's second shot forced McKenna to dive through the air across the goal mouth, deflecting the spinning ball that landed and spun just outside of the goal post.

McKenna's save total of eight reflected the Robins tight and patient defense, and their relentless offense.

“We had a pretty convincing win today helping improve our record which was already the best any Antigo boys soccer team has ever seen,” Wilhelm added. “But we still have a lot more work to do yet this season, with weaknesses to work on, and seven games remaining, many of them conference matchups.”

Antigo improved its program best mark to 5-8-2 overall, while Ashland, a member of the Lake Superior Conference for soccer, fell to 2-11 on the season.

The Robins will next make the trek to Iron Mountain, Mich. for another non-conference affair on Tuesday, beginning under the lights at 6 p.m.
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Antigo shuts out Ashland in boys soccer match, 1-0
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The Antigo Red Robins boys soccer program showed how far it has come Saturday, scoring a 1-0 non-conference win at Ashland.

The last time the Red Robins and Oredockers met on the soccer pitch was 2014, when Ashland shut out Antigo 11-0 in a regional playoff game. However, the 2018 results fell heavily in favor of the Robins.

As play opened in Saturday's match, it became clear that Antigo was the better team, with the Robins holding possession for more than 75 percent of the time.

Freshman Alex Samolinski got Antigo's offense started with three solid shots on goal in the early stages of the first half.

“As we got rolling, it seemed all our shots were going right into the keeper's hands,” Head Coach Ben Wilhelm said. “We finally found the net 20 minutes in, Jacob Peloquin sent a crossing pass into the keeper's box and the Samolinski brothers worked together to collect the pass and carefully ensure it crossed the goal line.”

Senior Noah Samolinski got the final touch for the goal, with his brother Alex garnering the assist.

In addition to Peloquin and the Samolinskis, Brody Bunnell also offered up significant offensive contributions in the first half.

The Robins recorded eight shots, six on goal in the first half, plus almost a dozen additional crossing passes in Ashland's side that didn't fully develop into a threatening shot.

Freshman Frank McKenna made his varsity debut at goaltender, with starting keeper Cordell Umland ill. McKenna needed to make just three first have saves, with Ashland's offense relatively held in check.

“When I saw Frank warming up I knew he was going to have a great day,” Wilhelm noted. “He served us confidently and played every ball just right, we couldn't have won without him today.”

Second half play saw the Robins continue their offensive barrage with six shots and four on goal, again with many sends and crosses that just fell one step short of developing.

Offensive standouts in the second half included Noah Samolinski and sophomore Zech Steber. Also offering offensive looks were Peloquin and Bunnell again, along with seniors Lenny Ebel and Grant Meeks.

Ashland continued to battle in the second half, fighting hard for a team with few subs on its bench. The Oredockers had more possession time in the second half, forcing Antigo's defense to work harder.

McKenna recorded another five saves in the second half, two of the dangerous variety, which were expertly handled.

The stops came in the final 20 minutes of the match, as Ashland's Tim Meyer nearly scored twice, but was denied both times by McKenna.

Meyer's first shot knocked off the crossbar, narrowly missed crossing the goal line, and was quickly collected by McKenna. Meyer's second shot forced McKenna to dive through the air across the goal mouth, deflecting the spinning ball that landed and spun just outside of the goal post.

McKenna's save total of eight reflected the Robins tight and patient defense, and their relentless offense.

“We had a pretty convincing win today helping improve our record which was already the best any Antigo boys soccer team has ever seen,” Wilhelm added. “But we still have a lot more work to do yet this season, with weaknesses to work on, and seven games remaining, many of them conference matchups.”

Antigo improved its program best mark to 5-8-2 overall, while Ashland, a member of the Lake Superior Conference for soccer, fell to 2-11 on the season.

The Robins will next make the trek to Iron Mountain, Mich. for another non-conference affair on Tuesday, beginning under the lights at 6 p.m.
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