NR soccer beats Barron in double overtime
The Tigers dominated control of the ball in last Friday's home game against Barron, but they needed two overtimes to secure a victory over the Bears.
In the first 20 minutes of the game the Tigers looked like they were going to win in a rout. The Tigers took an early 2-0 lead and dominated play.
Kaycie Anderson scored 13 minutes into the game on a breakaway. She got a lead pass from Laura Troftgruben, put on a sweet move to dodge one defender and then easily beat the Barron goalie.
Five minutes later, Heather Halvorsen scored her first goal of the season to put the Tigers up 2-0. On a crossing pass from the right side, several Tigers crashed to the net. Halvorsen was the furthest left of those. When the ball passed through the bodies in front of the net, she cut to the far post and popped the ball just inside the post for the goal.
The Tigers were hurt by goals late in both periods. Barron scored with roughly three minutes left in both periods to tie the score.
The game-winning goal, with two minutes left in the second overtime, was some of the Tigers' best ball movement of the game. Anderson took a direct kick from 30 yards out after a Barron foul. The ball sailed to the center of the goal box, where Troftgruben headed the ball to Meghan Frank. Frank let the ball roll past her, then used her heel to kick the ball back to Amanda Ramsey. Ramsey drilled the ball into the upper corner of the goal for the winner.
Seeing the River Falls team a second time this season probably wasn't something the Tigers were looking forward to. River Falls beat the Tigers 6-0 to start the season. They met again on Thursday, with River Falls scoring another 6-0 win, this time on the Tigers' field.
River Falls has exceptional team speed. The Wildcats combine that speed with rapid ball movement to create open shots. The Wildcats scored three times in rapid succession in the first half. They scored two more early in the second half, then added a final goal with 30 seconds left in the game.
The Tigers finish this week with a pair of road games. They will play at Somerset on Thursday and at Amery on Friday. The Tigers get to play at home next Tuesday, facing Spooner.