New Richmond soccer team rolls over Hayward, Osceola
When the offense gets on a roll, the New Richmond boys soccer team can be downright overwhelming.
The Tigers showed that twice last week. On Tuesday the Tigers rolled past Osceola 9-1. The Tigers were even more crisp last Thursday, scoring nine times in the first half in a 10-0 win over Hayward.
These games completed a stretch of six games in eight days for the Tigers, so once the Tigers established significant leads, the coaches relied on reserve players for most of the rest of the game.
Sophomore Luke Landaal proved to be the offensive spark for the Tigers at Osceola. For the second straight day, Landaal scored three goals in a game. The Tigers had beaten Spooner by an identical 9-1 score the day before the Osceola game.
The Tigers tend to score in bursts and that's what happened at Osceola. Landaal scored the opening two goals in the 12th and 14th minute, converting passes from Jack Hop and Aaron Daul into goals. Casey Turnipseed scored in the 17th minute.
Just before halftime the Tigers put on another burst, with Charlie L'Allier and Eric Miller scoring. Miller, Landaal, L'Allier and Logan Dadez scored in the second half at Osceola.
On Thursday the Tigers faced an extremely young Hayward team and the Tigers put on a tutorial in ball control. The Tigers scored four times in the first 10 minutes of the game and the offense continued to click throughout the opening half.
The Tigers used a new formation that allowed the team's defenders to get more involved in the offense. The formation looked great in this game, with defenders carrying the ball far into the offensive zone to create more passing lanes.
Miller scored twice in the first four minutes of the game. Hop scored from the defensive midfield position at the seven-minute mark. Daul then used his quickness to find openings in the Hayward defense, scoring three straight goals.
The Tigers closed out the half with goals from Shane Blackman, L'Allier and Jake Taubman. Vitaliy Gutsal scored the only goal of the second half, ending the game in the 74th minute on the 10-goal rule.
The schedule remains extraordinarily busy for the Tigers. On Thursday they play at Cumberland. That's followed by a home game against Superior on Saturday. The Tigers open next week with two important Middle Border Conference games. On Monday the Tigers host Somerset. That's followed by Tuesday's game at Amery, which will decide whether the Tigers have a chance to win the conference title this season.