New Richmond soccer closing in on first conference championship
The New Richmond girls soccer team has played with a season-long goal.
There is a banner hanging in the New Richmond High School gym for every NRHS athletic team. The banner for girls soccer does not list any conference championship teams. A win for the Tigers this Friday would change that.
The Tigers will play at home Friday, May 19 against Spooner, the bottom team in the Middle Border Conference. A win Friday would guarantee the Tigers the MBC championship for the first time in school history. The Tigers and Hayward are tied at the top of the MBC standings with 5-0-1 records and unless either team is upset this week, they would end up as conference co-champions.
New Richmond coach Tracey Boyle said the banner in the high school gym is a constant reminder for the girls about what they are playing for this season. The Tigers played with that sort of commitment Tuesday, May 9 when they hosted Osceola. The Tigers put the game on ice early, ending with a 10-0 win over the Chieftains.
Osceola was playing without its regular goalkeeper and the young replacement was unable to withstand the barrage from the Tigers. By the 20-minute mark, the game was well within the Tigers’ control.
The Tigers broke the game open early in the first half by scoring four goals in a 91-second span. Senior Reese Jacobson scored the first of those goals. Freshman Maya Greenquist scored each of the next three goals. By halftime, the Tigers already had a 7-0 lead.
Greenquist ended the game with four goals. Boyle said all four came off rebounds, befitting of Greenquist’s tendency to always be around the action.
Amelia Feuerer scored twice for the Tigers. Jacobson, Lexi Brown, Maria Giannini and Teresa Tenner each scored once. For Tenner, it was her first varsity goal.
Boyle said Tenner is one of several underclassmen who are rapidly gaining the confidence to handle significant playing time at the varsity level.
The Tigers were scheduled to play at La Crosse Logan on Saturday. May 13. Amazingly, for the second time this season, the Tigers ended up making a long road trip only to have the game cancelled. The reason both times: the officials failed to show up for the game.
The Tigers end this week with three straight home games. They will face their rematch with Somerset in a non-conference game Thursday, before facing Spooner on Friday. The Tigers will face one of their main rivals for a top seed in the Division 2 regional bracket on Saturday when they host Onalaska. Another tough Division 2 opponent awaits the Tigers next Monday, when they play at River Falls.
Seeding for the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament bracket is scheduled to be completed next Wednesday.