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Tiger soccer goes on the offensive

The New Richmond girls soccer team went on the offensive last week.

The result was a three-game winning streak.

After struggling to score in its opening five games of the season, the Tigers scored 14 goals in three games last week. All three of those games were victories.

The week started with a 2-1 win at Osceola last Tuesday. The game was scoreless at halftime. Then New Richmond's Steph Anderson scored twice in the second half. Osceola scored with 30 seconds left in the game to prevent the shutout.

New Richmond outshot Osceola 15-3 in the game. Alyssa Thuftin made two saves in net for the Tigers.

That led into a huge offensive uprising by the Tigers on Thursday against Somerset. Anderson and Kiris Brockmiller each scored three goals as the Tigers overwhelmed Somerset 9-1. In addition to the hat tricks by Anderson and Brockmiller, the Tigers got goals from Maddy Frank, Kelly Grandt and Brianna Richter.

Lea LeMire made one save in goal for the Tigers, because New Richmond outshot Somerset 35-2 in the game.

Over the weekend the Tigers played in the Blue Devil Invitational at Menomonie. In the opening round of the tournament on Friday, New Richmond drew the Menomonie JV team. The Tigers scored a 3-0 win in this game.

Anderson continued to be the offensive pacesetter for the Tigers, scoring two goals to give her seven for the week. Danica Alvarez also scored in the Tiger win. New Richmond outshot Menomonie 18-2 in the game.

New Richmond's three-game winning streak was stopped in the second round of the tournament on Saturday. Facing Hayward, the Tigers were shut down, 5-0. The game was scoreless until Hayward scored with 27 seconds left in the first half.

Tiger coach Charles Conley had targeted last week as the team's chance to get on a roll.

"We discovered our ability to score and it gave us some confidence," said Conley, who said the week showed the Tigers have the ability to generate 15-20 shots in every game.

While Anderson has stepped up as the offensive leader, Conley said two other players emerged last week as keys for the team.

"Kiris (Brockmiller) and Brianna (Richter) really stepped up their play. We put Brianna up top to give us more speed. Kiris has been a real dominant force in the midfield," Conley said.

Conley said the goaltending role is still open between Thuftin and LeMire. He said whichever of the goalies performs best in practice will get to play in games.

The schedule will be challenging for the Tigers in the upcoming days. They get another shot at Hayward in a road game on Thursday. On Friday the Tigers will play at the Hudson varsity team. Next Tuesday the Tigers will play at Barron, an opponent the Tigers have already beaten this season.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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