Weather Forecast


Somerset soccer pulverizes Spooner, 6-1

Somerset’s Bailey Johnston (11) fires a shot that scooted under the hands of the Spooner goalkeeper for the Spartans’ second goal in last Thursday’s game.

The Somerset girls soccer team is on one of the strongest runs in program history.

The Spartans won for the fourth time in five games last Thursday, burying Spooner under one of the team’s best offensive outputs ever. The Spartans scored four times in the first half and added two more goals early in the second half to bury the Rails 6-1.

The Spartans scored in the first 30 seconds of the game and they kept the pressure on throughout the first half. The Spartans had the opening kick and Spooner was called for a handball seconds later. Somerset’s Becca Olin took the penalty kick, driving it toward the front of the Spooner goal. Somerset’s Lauren Sandy was quickly able to control the ball and she wasted no time firing a shot past the Spooner goalkeeper.

Spooner reminded the Spartans that they had to stay on their toes by scoring three minutes later. It seems that most teams are playing for breakaways against the Spartans and the Rails were able to score off a breakaway to tie the score.

Spooner’s goal didn’t lessen the Spartans’ fire in the least. The Spartans broke the tie a few minutes later. Somerset’s Bailey Johnston pulled the ball out of a scrum of players and fired a shot into the bottom corner of the net for the second goal.

The scoring barrage continued with Cassie Schmidt and Elsie Shartin-Folkert scoring before halftime. Tayva Strom dribbled the ball down the right side of the field, sending a crossing pass to the front of the net. Schmidt scored off that feed.

Shartin-Folkert scored the fourth goal when she was able to control the ball within a scrum of players to get a quick shot on net.

In the second half, Spartan coach Erin Wilson-Gehring took the opportunity to allow players to try playing different positions. Olin, normally a defender, got to move to midfield. She took full advantage of the chance, firing a long shot that found the back of the net for her first career goal.

Schmidt completed the Spartans’ scoring with her second goal.

After scoring eight goals in their first six games, the six goals are a huge step forward for the Spartan offense.

“That is what the girls are capable of,” Wilson-Gehring said of the offensive surge, saying the goals are largely the product of improved ball movement.

The win puts the Spartans in new territory. With a 4-3-1 record in the Middle Border Conference, it is one of the few times the Spartans have ever been above the .500 level in the conference.

The Spartans hope to continue their offensive upswing this Thursday when they play at Hayward. The Spartans face a crucial game next Tuesday when they play at conference leading Baldwin-Woodville.

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.
(715) 243-7767 x242