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New Richmond girls soccer hopes to continue climbing

Tiger freshman Bailey Zahradka (20) boots the ball upfield in the 3-0 win over Barron on Monday.

A 3-0 win by the New Richmond girls soccer team moved the Tigers into second place in the Middle Border Conference standings.

With games against two of the bottom teams in the MBC standings this Thursday and Friday, the Tigers hope to do more to secure their place among the leaders of the conference.

Monday’s win over Barron was a good test for the Tigers, because they were playing without the team’s seniors, who were involved in the school’s Senior Night activities.

Scoring 69 seconds into the game helped the Tigers to settle in. Sydney Simpson got the ball to Chrissy Kletschka, who carried the ball into the corner. Kletschka fired what she intended to be a pass to the front of the Barron goal. The ball went through the hands of the Barron goalkeeper, struck her head and deflected into the goal.

The lead increased to 2-0 when freshman Reese Jacobson scored her first varsity goal. Cassie Kletschka did a good job of getting control of the ball, sending it toward the far edge of the Barron goalbox. When the Barron keeper bobbled the ball, Jacobson was right in position to punch the ball into the net.

“Reese timed her run, she watched where the ball went and she timed her crash. She did it perfectly,” said Tiger coach Steve Tesar.

Cassie Kletschka single-handedly produced the third goal of the first half. The Barron keeper’s goal kicks were short all through the game. Kletschka made a quick reaction to intercept one of the goal kicks. She wasted no time in firing a shot from 20 yards out that cleanly beat the keeper.

In the second half, Tesar mixed his lineup to try girls in different positions. He said a goal for the week was to generate more shots. He said most of those shots were directed right at the Barron keeper. He said the next step is for the girls to put their shots toward the outer edges of the goal so they are tougher saves for the keeper.

After playing at Osceola and Spooner this Thursday and Friday, the Tigers face three critical games next week. The Tigers play at Hayward next Tuesday, in hopes of getting their first win ever on the Hurricanes’ field. Later in the week the Tigers face MBC leader Baldwin-Woodville and Hudson, one of the top teams from the Big Rivers Conference.

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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