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Kicking off the 2004 season on Wednesday, the Muskies came in with one goal in mind – win big. Lakeland delivered as the Muskies outshot Ripon 23-7 and earned seven corner kicks to nil to win their season opener, 6-1.
Ripon came out strong scoring at the 11:20 mark as Jill Jones scored on a header over Lakeland goalkeeper Alli Weiss (New Berlin).
The Muskies tied the game with an unassisted goal by Amanda Smith (Neenah) at the 12:48 mark. Smith and the Muskies scored three more times in the first half to take a commending 4-1 lead by the break. The third goal came from midfielder Tracy Bins (New Franken) off a rejected corner from the 18.
Scoring came from both ends in the second half. Off of a set piece sweeper Briana Plautz (Green Bay) put a high shot into the top netting of the goal putting Lakeland up 5-1.
“We have full confidence in our entire team to be able to score, especially on a free kick just outside the eighteen, Bri can finish that all day” said coach Tina Weaver.
Marie Reynolds (Fond du Lac) finished the game with two versus one at the 67th minute.
Weiss posted a total of five saves to help preserve the solid victory. Leading the way offensively was Smith scoring her first hat trick of the season.Lakeland returns to action this weekend when the Muskies travel to Rock Island, Ill., for the Augustana University tournament. The Muskies take on Maryville University on Saturday at noon. The Muskies then follow-up a match against host Augustana on Sunday at 4 p.m.