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New Richmond soccer takes early steps toward top of MBC

Much of New Richmond’s offense in last Tuesday’s victory was funneled through senior Reese Jacobson (6) who used her speed to reach open spaces in the field.

Relentless might be the best word for the performance of the New Richmond girls soccer team in the Tigers’ first game in the 2017 Middle Border Conference season.

The Tigers went to Somerset and earned a 2-0 win over the Spartans last Tuesday in the game that served as the MBC opener for both teams. The win raises the Tigers’ overall record to 3-0 and the Tigers have outscored their opponents 10-0 thus far.

From the start in last Tuesday’s game, the Tigers dominated control of the ball. But there was a sense of frustration too, because the Tigers were struggling to finish from their numerous scoring chances. The Tigers finally broke through when sophomore Amelia Feuerer scored at the 6:26 mark.

The pressure continued through much of the first half. The Tigers finally capitalized again when senior Reese Jacobson found herself open in from 15 yards out and scored at 39:57.

Jacobson was a particular problem for Somerset for much of the game. She excelled at taking the ball to vacated areas in Somerset’s end of the field, then sending passes to teammates who were making runs toward the Somerset net. Tiger coach Tracey Boyle said Jacobson’s years on the team are showing.

“She does a really good job of stepping up and leading,” Boyle said.

Boyle said the coaches are still trying to find out what direction the team’s offense will go. She said the girls are afraid of being selfish and aren’t taking shots when there are good opportunities. The coaches are also looking for the girls to be more skilled in their shots. Instead of just booting the ball toward the net, they want the girls to be aiming their shots at particular areas of the net.

Tuesday’s win was another strong defensive effort for the Tigers. Boyle singled out freshman defender Audrey Feuerer for her play. The coaches assigned Feuerer to prevent Somerset leading scorer Anna Rybacki from scoring. The Spartans tried a number of times to send long passes to Rybacki. Each time, Feuerer cut off the passes to prevent a breakaway.

“She stepped up and showed her talent,” Boyle said.

The next game for the Tigers will be this Thursday at Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers have three games scheduled for next week. They will host Barron next Tuesday. The game at Osceola that was postponed on April 13 will be made up on Thursday, April 27. The following day, the Tigers will play at Eau Claire North.

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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