gronezy20
With the season starting up soon, it should be interesting to see what the GNC has to offer. With only Antigo, Lakeland, Mosinee, Merrill, and Northland Pines competing, my predictions are:

1. Lakeland- Usually a good program, beat Rhinelander last year if I remember correctly.

2. Mosinee- From what I've heard, their boys program is the exact opposite of the girls, so they'll be very competitive.

3. Antigo- Lost 3 key players to graduation, but returns a decent team with some new talent as well.

4. Merrill- Graduated at least 15 players. If 2007's JV players don't step up, Merrill will be in the bottom half.

5. Pines- I've never heard anything about them, so they could be a shocker. From what I've heard about Pines, hockey is the only hope, so we'll see what happens.

Conference play opens September 2nd with Antigo at Mosinee and Pines at Lakeland (Merrill bye).
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titan671
I would consider putting pines in first place. They made it to state last year in soccer and were 20-5-3. Looks like they have about 13 returning players from the state team roster.
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soccer20
Gronezy20 wrote:

2. Mosinee- From what I've heard, their boys program is the exact opposite of the girls, so they'll be very competitive.


If I remember correctly, Mosinee has lost a lot of talent over the last two years. Not sure what they have replacing it. But, as far as being the exact opposite of the girls, I wouldn't say that. The girls team has been competitive. They had a down year in 2007, but improved throughout this past season (2008). Their biggest problem this past year was lack of depth. They didn't have a single Senior on the team last year, so they'll be back to form come spring.

titan67 wrote:


I would consider putting pines in first place. They made it to state last year in soccer and were 20-5-3. Looks like they have about 13 returning players from the state team roster.


I don't really know much about Pines, but I wouldn't base too much on the fact that they made it to State. They aren't in the toughest Regional or Sectional. They probably will compete for the conference title (I honestly think it will be a wide open race), but I think one of the D1 teams will come away with it.
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gronezy20
Well, the first GNC conference soccer season is over, with a lot of ups and downs for every team. The final standings:

1. Pines 14-4-2 (7-1)- To those that didn't know the program, proved to be a surprise. A very fast and quick team that will definetly land success in the postseason.

2. Lakeland 10-9 (6-2)- Not exactly solid, but skillfull. Good attackers and a fairly decent keeper. If they find their stride and get ahead in the game early, they'll make it deeper into the playoffs.

3. Merrill 7-11 (4-4)- Team chemistry didn't seem too great, always one player yelling at another, and overall it didn't seem like the team was ever mentally prepared (their keeper forgot his gloves at Antigo, a player wearing no shinguards, etc.) Attack was fairly good, but defense was easy to break down.

4. Mosinee 7-9 (3-5)- Always seemed to find success one way or another, while being one of the least gifted teams. Probably the team that played with the most heart and dedication and never gave up (beat Antigo in a 3-2 thriller, beat Merrill in OT). Also put up 4 goals against Pines in an early season game.

5. Antigo 1-12-1 (0-8)-Had some major issues with cards and penalties at the beginning of the season, but was able to keep games fairly reasonable and always fought hard (3-2 loss to Mosinee, 2-1 OT loss to Phillips). Expanded (and younger) roster compared to 07. Although losing 3 starters (including keeper), this team should have even more success next year as the younger players grow. With a progarm like this, you have to take small steps.
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