New Richmond celebrates a goal

New Richmond’s Shelby Pahnke (7), Kialie Malone (3) and Kacie Malone (2) celebrate after Pahnke scored 28 seconds into the match off an assist from Kialie Malone in the Tigers’ 5-0 victory over Menomonie in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal Tuesday, June 8 in New Richmond. Bob Burrows / Star-Observer photo

New Richmond’s girls’ soccer team scored the only goal it would need 28 seconds into its WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal Tuesday night in New Richmond on its way to a 5-0 victory over the Mustangs.

Shelby Pahnke knocked in a pass off the end line from Kialie Malone 28 seconds into the match before Malone converted a pass from Lauren Graham in the fifth minute.

Hattie Harrold threaded a through ball that was run down by Gaby Aune for a goal at the 21:35 mark and Pahnke scored her second goal of the game in the 33rd minute and Pahnke finished off her hat trick in the second half to make the final 5-0.

The third-seeded Tigers will move on to face No. 2 Onalaska in a regional final Saturday, June 12, in Onalaska. Onalaska defeated seventh-seeded La Crosse Central 6-1 Tuesday night. The Tigers and Hilltoppers played to a 2-2 tie earlier this season.

On the other side of the bracket, top-seeded River Falls needed just 39 minutes to post a 10-0 mercy rule victory over No. 8 Sparta while fourth-seeded Holmen defeated No. 5 Tomah 1-0.

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