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New Richmond girls soccer team stopped by new MBC threat

New Richmond freshman Lexi Brown (3) leads a rush upfield in a recent Tiger game against Osceola.

Baldwin-Woodville has been one of the less successful girls soccer programs in the Middle Border Conference through the years.

That began to change last season and the Blackhawks let the New Richmond girls know they are legitimate contenders for an MBC title when the two teams met on the Blackhawks’ field last Tuesday. The Blackhawks earned a 2-0 win and they now hold a 4-0 record in the MBC. The loss leaves New Richmond with a 1-1-1 record in conference games.

While the Blackhawks have staked an early hold on the MBC lead, New Richmond coach Steve Tesar said this was a game the Tigers should have won and that the girls need to give a more heartfelt effort.

“We played very flat. We looked lazy at times,” Tesar said.

He said the Tigers had a number of scoring chances where one player would make a long run down the field with the ball. When they turned to make a pass off these long runs, none of their teammates had run with the same energy level to be in a position to take their pass.

“There should have been five people in that area,” Tesar said.

B-W scored both its goals within a nine-minute span in the middle of the second half. The first goal came in the 60th minute off a crossing pass from the right corner. The second goal came in the 69th minute, when the Tigers had trouble clearing the ball from in front of the net.

The effort level was much higher from the Tigers when they played at Menomonie on Saturday. Despite putting up a worthy effort, the Tigers lost to the Mustangs 2-1.

“We kept the ball in Menomonie’s end the whole first half. We did everything right, we just couldn’t find a way to score,” Tesar said.

The first half of the game was scoreless, but the Tigers changed that early in the second half. Cassie Kletschka delivered a low corner kick. Several Menomonie players crowded around the ball, but New Richmond’s Sydney Simpson stepped between them, poking the ball past the Mustang keeper.

Just as in Tuesday’s loss, the Tigers gave up two late goals. Menomonie scored its first goal in the 70th minute following a corner kick. The Mustangs scored again five minutes later on a well-executed give-and-go play.

Tesar said he thinks the Tigers are playing extremely well in the defensive end. He said the team has to find a way to be more productive on its scoring chances.

“We’re giving up two goals in these games. That should be enough to win games,” Tesar said.

The Tigers now face a string of three straight home games. It begins this Thursday when they host Amery. That’s followed by a clash with another Big Rivers Conference team, River Falls. The Tigers start next week with a Monday meeting with Barron.

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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