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Marshfield senior Sophia Gruenling assisted on both of the Tigers' goals in a win over Wausau East on Thursday. (Submitted photo)

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MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield girls soccer team controlled the game early, broke through for two early goals, and held on the rest of the way to defeat Wausau East 2-0 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference contest Thursday at windy and snowy Heiting Community Stadium.

Avery Weister scored at the 7:59 mark and Grace Taylor added a goal 10 minutes later, both off assists from Sophia Gruenling, to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.

Marshfield earned its third shutout of the season, improving to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Wausau East was playing its season opener.

Gruenling, Abby Ongna, Maddie Nikolai, Hayden Berger, Lauryn Katzenberger and Makenzie Schreiner were key contributors to the shutout, Marshfield coach Steve Lindner said.

“These players may not score great numbers but provide depth for the strikers and move the ball into our attacking end,” Lindner said.

Goalie Ava Sainterme made just one save, as Marshfield outshot East 18-1, to earn her third shutout already this season.

Marshfield hosts Wisconsin Rapids on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Tigers 2, Lumberjacks 0

Wausau East 0 0 - 0

Marshfield 2 0 - 2

First half: 1. M, Avery Weister (Sophia Gruenling), 7:59; 2. M, Grace Taylor (Gruenling), 17:58.

Total shots: Wausau East 1; Marshfield 18.

Shots on goal: Wausau East 1; Marshfield 14.

Saves: WE, Ollie Liss-s-Gravemade 12; M, Ava Sainterme 1.

Records: Wausau East 0-1 overall and Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 4-1, 2-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference.

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