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Somerset-NR to hold a combined soccer night

Somerset and New Richmond soccer fans, mark next Tuesday on your calendar.

The Somerset varsity girls soccer team will be hosting New Richmond in a 7 p.m. game under the lights that night. This will also be a combined Parents' Night event, with the seniors from both teams being honored. This will also be a Youth Night for both soccer associations.

The combined Senior/Youth Night is an effort to bring more recognition to the two high school teams, which are completing their first season at the varsity level. Plans are still being made, but there are hopes to have youth games before the varsity game or during halftime.

The Somerset varsity team is coming off a pair of losses late last week.

On Thursday the Spartans lost on their home field, 2-0, to Hayward. That was followed by a 3-1 loss at Spooner last Friday.

Both games followed a similar pattern. Generating scoring chances continues to be the Spartans' downfall. Against Hayward the Spartans were outshot 15-3 and the shot difference Friday was 12-4 in Spooner's favor.

The Spartans are struggling to get the ball into the offensive zone and are struggling to run a controlled offense once they get into the offensive zone, according to coach Tom LeMay.

LeMay said the Spartans are similar to many of the teams they face, because they are young. The Spartans play three seniors, and all three play defense. Most of the forwards are sophomores and freshmen.

Hayward's first goal was the result of Somerset trying to be more aggressive with the ball. The Spartans got the ball into Hayward's end of the field, and LeMay had some of his defensive players move upfield further than usual to try helping with the offense. Hayward got the ball and saw the defenders playing up. The Hurricanes booted the ball forward and were able to get a breakaway, which resulted in the first goal.

At Spooner the Spartans got an early lift when leading scorer Greta Leemkuil scored early in the first period to give Somerset a 1-0 lead.

Somerset held the lead for 10 minutes before Spooner tied the game. The score was 1-1 at halftime. Spooner then had one player dominate the second half, scoring both goals to give the Rails a 3-1 win.

This week all of Somerset's games are on the road, including contests at Amery on Thursday and at Eau Claire North on Friday. Those games will be followed by the 7 p.m. home game next Tuesday against New Richmond.

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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