IM soccer wins first game

MOSINEE, Wis. – Iron Mountain, thanks to Kristen Gendron, ended a scoring drought and winless season in a pair of girls soccer matches at Mosinee, Wis.

Gendron scored goals in each half to lift the Mountaineers past the host Indians 2-1. Gendron, an attacking midfielder, intercepted a pass and scored from 25 yards out for her first goal.

“I was very happy for Kristen,” Mountaineer coach Jim Laydon said. “She has a tremendous work ethic and has been attacking the goal hard in each game we have played. I can’t think of a better way to get our scoring going this year.”

After Mosinee knotted the score, Gendron capitalized on a cross from central defender Katie Brule for her second goal.

Laydon commended the defense of Katie Brule, Ashley Berger and Mandy Haferkorn.

“We have been changing up our system and they really stepped up to keep Mosinee’s shots to a minimum,” Laydon said. “(Freshman forward) Emmye Hicks also did a fantastic job of keeping the ball out of our side and she provided several attacking opportunities.”

Mountaineer goalie Hannah Hakamaki made five saves. Iron Mountain had 11 shots on goal.

In the second match, Northland Pines downed Iron Mountain 3-1.

With 11 minutes into the game, sophomore forward Carlye Hicks took advantage of a loose ball and “laced a beautiful shot into the upper left corner” to even the score. It was her first high school goal.

“Once Carlye put us on the board, we got some wind back in our sails and started to attack,” Laydon said. “We got back into our game.”

A handball penalty on Mandy Haferkorn inside the “18” resulted in a Northland Pines penaty kick and 2-1 advantage with 30 seconds left in the half.

“It was an inadvertent handball,” Laydon said. “Each referee interprets the handball rule differently. This is definitely a rule that needs to be defined more clearly and enforced uniformly.

“I have to take credit for that one because Mandy did exactly as she was taught, that incident completely changed the game.”

The Mountaineers (1-5) travel to Three Lakes today and host Kingsford on Thursday.

Hakamaki had seven saves while the Mountaineers took four shots.

“It was a great day of soccer and the girls had a lot of fun,” Laydon said. “Two full games (in hot weather) was a lot to ask of them, but we did a lot of running in the pre-season and it really paid off today.”