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Lakeland senior Merrilee Maulson makes a save during the first half of a Great Northern Conference game against Mosinee on Tuesday, May 29, at River Valley Bank Field.
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Lakeland senior Merrilee Maulson makes a save during the first half of a Great Northern Conference game against Mosinee on Tuesday, May 29, at River Valley Bank Field.
Lakeland Union High School started the girls' soccer season with a scoreless draw at Mosinee back on April 26.

The Thunderbirds used that game to play the entire team to gain some experience. With their playoff opponent already determined and three days away, Lakeland used Tuesday's regular season finale against Mosinee at River Valley Bank Field as another opportunity to empty the bench.

This time Mosinee was able to put one in the net, handing Lakeland a 1-0 Great Northern Conference loss in a game that was postponed due to weather the previous Thursday.

"We haven't played in a while so it was nice to see how everyone played together seeing as we have new injuries, we have old injures and people coming back," LUHS head coach Stephanie Hartzheim said. "I really wanted see everyone working together, really working on the things we have practiced in practices because we haven't played in a game for so long. It was nice to see how they put it into action."

Lakeland had twice as many shots in the game as Mosinee, while 11 went on net compared to the Indians' seven.

Still, Mosinee managed to get the game's only goal on a breakaway - which Hartzheim disputed as being offsides - by Tiannz Bunn less than 10 minutes before halftime.

"We didn't play as quick as I'd like to see," Hartzheim said. "We did have high pressure in the first half, which was good, but we were still missing some of those runs that we're looking for. Missing some of that communication between the midfield and forwards and how to figure out what to do with the ball after they get it."

While Lakeland played its entire bench, the temperature at game time was hovering around 90 degrees, which didn't help either team.

The heat, according to Hartzheim could have contributed to some of the sluggishness.

"It was really hot the first half of the game, which could have taken a toll on them," Hartzheim said. "It was hot for both teams, but they made one mistake and we had more shots than them, we just couldn't finish them. We didn't follow the ball into the net. We didn't have anyone that was giving that 110 percent, which I need to see on Thursday to be successful."

Lakeland (5-7-1) traveled to Rice Lake on Thursday for its WIAA Division 3 Playoff opener. Last season, of course, ended at Rice Lake in the sectional finals.

The game was played after press time, but a full recap will appear in Tuesday's edition of The Lakeland Times.

Nick Sabato may be reached at nick@lakelandtimes.com or via Twitter @NickSabatoLT.