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Somerset boys soccer puts Osceola away early

Somerset senior defender Jake Scott (10) made a rare charge into the offensive zone on this play in Monday's win over Osceola.

One of the quickest goals to start a game in Somerset soccer history started the Spartans on their way to a 7-0 homefield win over Osceola on Monday.

Somerset seniors Gavin Meader and Jon Bucklew, one of the top scoring tandems in the state, produced the Spartans' first goal 22 seconds into Monday's game.

That was just the start of their offensive fireworks, Meader and Bucklew each scored three goals in the game. Bucklew also assisted on the four goals he didn't score.

Meader and Bucklew both rank among the top 10 goal scorers in the state. Meader has now scored 19 goals this season and Bucklew has tallied 18 times. Bucklew's 12 assists are tied for second in the state. After Monday's game, Bucklew was third in the state in scoring with 48 points and Meader was sixth with 43 points.

Somerset coach Bill Roll said the unselfish play among the Spartans is a main reason behind the team's offensive success. The Spartans generated tons of scoring chances in Monday's game with savvy ball movement led by Bucklew and Meader, but also involving Logan Wiederin, JT Karis, Thomas Bauer and several others. If not for the strong play of Osceola's goalkeeper, the margin of this game would have been much larger.

The Spartan starters earned a quick exit in last Thursday's home win against Spooner. Somerset was seemingly scoring every time it possessed the ball in the early stages of the game, building a 6-0 lead in the first 9:25 of game time. The score stood at 7-0 after 15 minutes, at which time Roll pulled his starters. They only returned in the game's final minutes because the reserves needed a rest.

Meader was the first of the starters to earn a rest. He was pulled after he scored his third goal of the game at the 9:08 mark.

Wiederin and Bucklew each scored twice in the win, with Karis and Gage Kreucher adding single goals.

Roll said this game was good for rebuilding the team's confidence after a difficult stretch in the schedule. The Spartans held practices the two afternoons before the game, the first time they'd been able to do that since their game schedule started. Roll said the one-sided game allowed the coaches the chance to implement everything they'd worked on in those practices.


The Spartans will play at home in another conference game this Thursday, facing Baldwin-Woodville. The Spartans will be on the road next Tuesday when they play at Cumberland.

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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