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New Richmond girls soccer wins; headed to Saturday's sectional title game (Update: Saturday game moved to 5 p.m.)

The New Richmond girls soccer team is shown celebrating after winning the sectional semifinal game over River Falls, 2-1, on Thursday.

The New Richmond girls soccer team is headed to the WIAA sectional championship game for the first time in team history.

The Tigers made an astounding finish, scoring two goals in the last 12:11 of the game to stun River Falls, 2-1, in the Division 2 sectional semifinal game played at New Richmond on Thursday.

Tiger coach Tracey Boyle shuttled reserves in during the second half, trying to find a spark for a Tiger team that couldn't find its energy. Senior Reese Jacobson provided the spark that turned the game around.

Jacobson carried the ball down the left side of the field. She booted the a pass to the center of the field. Sophomore Sierra Mondry, one of the subs inserted in the game, was able to get a foot on the ball and fire a shot past the River Falls keeper to tie the score 1-1 at 77:49.

The rest of the game was a back-and-forth battle that appeared destined for overtime. The Tigers got a corner kick with just over two minutes remaining and that changed.

Freshman Jhette Gabriel took the corner kick and the ball curved straight toward the River Falls goal. The River Falls keeper leaped in an attempt to deflect the shot, but it glanced off her hands and into the net, just below the crossbar. The Tigers suddenly had the lead with 2:20 remaining in the game. 

One of the keys to the Tiger win was the play of sophomore goalkeeper Kerrigan Storie. After a season where she barely saw a shot in some games, she came up with a number of huge saves in this game.

The Tigers advance to the sectional championship game, which will be played at Marshfield at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be played at Griese Park in Marshfield, located on 29th Street. They will face the winner of the game between Green Bay Southwest and Pulaski, which was moved to 2 p.m. on Friday. The win raises the Tigers' season record to 18-0-1.

UPDATE: Marshfield's athletic director sent out word on Friday morning that Saturday's sectional championship game at Griese Park in Marshfield has been moved back to a 5 p.m. start time.

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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