By Paul Lecker
MERRILL – The Marshfield boys soccer team scored early and often, pouring in five first-half goals on its way to a 7-0 win over Merrill to grab its first Wisconsin Valley Conference game of the season.
Leo Steiner had a pair of goals and five others also scored as the Tigers improve to 3-3-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the WVC. Merrill is now 0-3-1 and 0-2 in the conference.
Alex Sainterme scored just 1:26 into the game and Alex Babinski, Hunter McManus, Steiner and Luke McCann each added goals before halftime, giving Marshfield a 5-0 lead.
Jake Limmex and Steiner added goals in the second has the Tigers were never threatened.
Marshfield outshot Merrill 24-1. Merrill goalkeeper Ben Medley had to make 17 saves for the Bluejays.
“This was a solid team win with the entire team contributing,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said.
Marshfield hosts D.C. Everest on Thursday. Marshfield Youth Soccer Association players wearing a jersey will get a free hot dog at the game and a drawing for door prizes will be held for youth players.
Tigers 7, Bluejays 0
Marshfield 5 2 – 7
Merrill 0 0 – 0
First half: 1. MAR, Alex Sainterme (Thomas Kruger), 1:26; 2. MAR, Alex Babinski (Brandon Meyer), 8:31; 3. MAR, Hunter McManus (Sainterme), 19:02; 4. MAR, Leo Steiner (Nathan Law), 27:20; 5. MAR, Luke McCann (penalty kick), 39:36.
Second half: 6. MAR, Jake Limmex (Krueger), 50:23; 7. MAR, Steiner (Alec Hinson), 89:00.
Shots on goal: Marshfield 24; Merrill 1.
Corner kicks: Marshfield 5; Merrill 1.
Saves: MAR, Trevyn Tham 1; MER, Ben Medley 17.
Records: Marshfield 3-3-1, 1-1-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Merrill 0-3-1, 0-2 WVC.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com).