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First week, same results for Spartans

The first week of the season, against the same opponents, produced the same results as last season for the Somerset boys soccer team.

Somerset coach Bill Roll said the final result may have been the same, but he saw more good indications from the Spartans in the first week of the 2018 season.

The week opened with a 4-1 loss to Menomonie on Tuesday and the Spartans lost to reigning Middle Border Conference champion and state qualifier Amery 7-0 on Thursday. Somerset held its annual home quad on Saturday, with the Spartans splitting their games. They opened action with a 4-1 win over Arcadia,before losing 3-1 to Medford.

Roll said fast starts determined the finishes in nearly all the games. Amery scored three times in the first 12 minutes of Thursday's game. The Spartans were able to get a quick advantage in their win over Arcadia, with Erik Osorio scoring six minutes into the action.

That started a strong first half for the Spartans. The Spartans went ahead 2-0 on an excellent sequence of ball control. Torsten Strom won a battle for the ball and carried it down the left side into the attacking zone. He passed the ball across the front of the goal. Osorio was there, sending a pass back to Aaron Shartin-Folkert. Folkert one-timed a shot past the Arcadia keeper for the goal.

The lead expanded to 3-0 when the Spartans scored off a free kick. Osorio took the initial shot, which was blocked by the keeper. Several Spartans made charges for the rebound and it was senior Dominic Abbott who got to the ball to bury the rebound goal.

Folkert scored the Spartans' final goal off a nice lead pass from Logan Giossi.

Osorio had the Spartans only goal against Menomonie and he scored on a breakaway for the goal against Medford.

The Spartans are still a young team and the coaches used these games to try players at different positions to see what the options are. Roll used the forward position opposite Osorio as an example. Several players were tried there. Roll said each of the players showed they have skills that can be used in that role, so the coaches may use different players at that spot, based on the circumstance.

The Spartans will use what they learned last week in a pair of games this week. They will host Hayward on Tuesday, before playing at Spooner on Thursday.

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 more than 30 years.

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