Tigers on longest win streak in team historyWith 2-0 wins over Superior and Barron last week, the New Richmond girls soccer team now has the longest winning streak in team history.
By: Dave Newman, New Richmond News
With 2-0 wins over Superior and Barron last week, the New Richmond girls soccer team now has the longest winning streak in team history.
The Tigers have won four straight games, which is the most wins the team has won in succession since becoming a varsity program third years ago.
The winning streak runs the Tigers’ record for the season to 5-2. The five wins matches the most wins the Tigers have earned in one season since becoming a varsity program.
In last Tuesday’s homefield win over Superior, Tiger senior Brianna Richter scored both of the team’s goals in the first half of the game. Amanda Ramsey and Laura Troftgruben assisted on the goals.
In the second half the Tigers maintained possession of the ball for much of the time. Coach Charles Conley said one of the keys to the team’s success is keeping possession of the ball for long stretches of time, which all starts with winning one-on-one battles.
Conley said the most glaring area for the Tigers to improve upon is finishing off their scoring opportunities.
“Against (good teams) we’re not going to get as many chances,” Conley said.
The Tigers also won against Barron on Thursday, in a game played in horrible wintry conditions. There was standing water in several areas of the field, especially around the north goal, which looked like it was surrounded partially by a moat. A number of shots at that goal were stopped or slowed when they hit that pool.
Richter, the Tigers’ leading scorer, notched the first goal against Barron. Josie Wold assisted on the score.
Danica Alvarez produced the Tigers’ second goal off an assist from Jade Klemmenson.
Lea LeMire earned both shutouts as the Tiger goalkeeper. The Tiger starters have now gone a string of more than 250 minutes without giving up a goal.
Conley said the Tigers might have been a little overconfident against Barron, knowing that Barron had already been beaten once this season by a 9-1 score. He said Barron got a few too many scoring chances than they should have, but LeMire was able to stop every shot.
The Tigers are in the middle of an important week. On Tuesday they played at Middle Border Conference leading Hayward. The Tigers will play at home on Thursday against Somerset, in a clash that has been action-packed each of past several times these two teams have met.
On Friday the Tigers will face another severe test, playing at home against River Falls. Next Tuesday the Tigers start the second half of their MBC schedule when they play at Osceola.