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Somerset soccer adds win, tie to recent successes

After going most of the season without a win, the Somerset girls soccer team has turned things around quite completely.

The Spartans have three wins, one loss and one tie in their last five games.

Last week the Spartans tied New Richmond 3-3 and they defeated Osceola 4-2.

The tie with New Richmond could be viewed as quite an achievement for the Spartans, considering that New Richmond beat them 9-1 when they met the first time this season.

Somerset jumped to a 3-1 lead in the first half against New Richmond last Tuesday. This game was played under the lights at Somerset and was used as a Senior Night for both teams.

Greta Leemkuil scored first for Somerset, off an assist from Hanna Newman. Kelsey Boling got the second goal, with Britany Haukom assisting. Leemkuil got the third goal, with goalie Jamie Meyer getting the assist. Meyer had punted the ball upfield. From there Leemkuil took off with the ball and beat the New Richmond goalie.

New Richmond got two quick goals to tie the game early in the second half. The Spartans put up a hearty defensive effort to keep New Richmond from tying the game, because the Tigers were applying heavy pressure.

The game then went through two 10-minute overtimes, but neither team was able to break the tie.

In Thursday's 4-2 win over Osceola, the game was tied 0-0 at halftime. The rapidly improving offensive zone work of the Spartans then shown through in the second half as they tallied four times.

Holly Germain scored the first goal, with an assist to Lacey Sheridan. Leemkuil scored the next two goals, with Sheridan assisting on the first and Kailey Roettger assisting on the second. Germain then scored her second goal of the game, off an assist from Leemkuil.

Somerset coach Tom LeMay marveled at how the team's progress has so suddenly started turning into wins.

"The next couple of years there's going to be some good soccer played," he predicted.

WIAA tournament

The Spartans will play their first-ever WIAA soccer tournament game this Thursday. And it's hard to imagine anyone ever having to travel further for its tournament debut.

Somerset's girls team was seeded fifth in the regional bracket. That means they will have to travel to the Conserve Prep School in Land O' Lakes, for a 4 p.m. game on Thursday. LeMay estimated the trip to Land O' Lakes will cover 230 miles, one way.

The winner of Thursday's game will face another long trip. The winner between Somerset and Conserve will play at Washburn, the top seed in the regional. That game will be played on Saturday, at a time yet to be determined.

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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