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Medford wins WIAA girls soccer regional championship

Medford's Bella Veal and New London's Emma Blum tumble to the turf after colliding during the second half of Saturday's WIAA Div. 3 regional final, won by the Raiders 2-1. Photo by Matt Frey/The Star NewsMeredith Seidel, Jasmie Wiitala, Ellee Grunwald and Hailey Kollmansberger celebrate after Wiitala's 30-yard shot got through the hands of New London goal keeper Bryanna Brost for the winning goal. Photo by Matt Frey/The Star NewsMedford midfielder Ivanna Mange Manzo tries to poke the ball away from New London's Emma Blum during a last-gasp attack by the Bulldogs. Photo by Matt Frey/The Star NewsMedford's first-ever girls soccer regional champions pose with their plaque in the west end zone of Raider Field. Photo by Matt Frey/The Star News

#2 Medford 2, #3 New London 1
Jasmine Wiitala scores at 52:17 (Ellee Grunwald assist) and at 71:47 in second half as Raiders overcome 1-0 halftime deficit and win the first regional title in the program's 10 seasons of varsity soccer.
Next: WIAA Div. 3 sectional semifinal, #2 Medford at #1 Lakeland, Thursday at 7 p.m. Teams tied 1-1 at Lakeland on April 23 in their only regular-season meeting.
Winner advances to 1 p.m. sectional final Saturday at Somerset against #2 Ashland/#1 Rice Lake winner.

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