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New Richmond girls soccer goes on the offensive, defeat Somerset 9-3

New Richmond sweeper Zoe Christensen (9) steers the ball away from a River Falls forward during Saturday's game in Stillwater. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

The New Richmond girls soccer team had something to prove on Monday, after a disappointing 3-0 loss to River Falls on Saturday.

The Tigers proved a whole lot Monday, erupting for nine goals in defeating Somerset 9-3 in the Middle Border Conference opener for both teams.

While New Richmond saw a big turn toward the positive, this game was a step back for the Spartans. Somerset had played one of its best games at Rice Lake on Saturday, finishing in a scoreless tie.

New Richmond had eight different girls score goals in the game. Junior forward Amelia Feuerer scored twice and seven other Tigers scored once.

The loss at Stillwater resulted in the Tiger coaches giving more playing time to freshmen, particularly at forward. Freshmen Meghan Schleicher, Kialie Malone and Kacie Malone all scored and all three had significant impacts. Tiger coach Tracey Boyle said this was the first chance for the freshmen to give a true indication of their skills

"Our upperclassmen got to see what the underclassmen can do," Boyle said.

The progress of the freshmen also allowed the coaches to redistribute some of their other talent. Sophomore Maya Greenquist was moved to midfield. Boyle said this gives Greenquist the chance to take better advantage of her excellent field vision.

Boyle saw some good things from the Tiger defense too, particularly sophomores Audrey Feuerer and Zoe Christensen.

"I would say Audrey was the best player in the game," Boyle said. "Zoe is growing every single day."

For the Spartans, this game was a disappointing setback. They got goals from seniors Anna Rybacki, Hannah Waskosky and Anya Swanson, but the Spartans struggled to maintain control of the ball for any length of time.

River Falls 3, New Richmond 0

Suffice to say, things did not go well for the New Richmond girls soccer team in their game against sectional rival River Falls.

The Wildcats outplayed the Tigers in pretty much every aspect of the game, winning 3-0, in a game that was played indoors at the St. Croix Rec Center's dome in Stillwater.

River Falls scored early in the game when the Tiger defense got caught flat footed on an end-to-end pass on the short field in the indoor complex. The next two RF goals came on uncontested shots from the middle of the field.

Boyle said her biggest disappointment from this game was that the Tigers took so few shots, not giving themselves a chance to challenge the Wildcat keeper.

Somerset 0, Rice Lake 0

Saturday night's game on Rice Lake's artificial turf ended up being a fierce defensive game, with neither team able to find a way to score in the game.

The game at Rice Lake may have ended 0-0, but Somerset coach Bill Roll said scoring was the only thing missing from the team's performance.

"I thought it was the best game we played in the last two years," Roll said. "We played with a lot of intensity."

The defense on both sides was outstanding. Rice Lake had a couple good scoring chances early, but when Somerset saw what Rice Lake was doing, they took away the scoring chances for the rest of the night. Rice Lake also had tactics set to take away Somerset's best scoring opportunities.

Up next

For New Richmond, the next game will be this Thursday when they play the Barron co-op team at Cumberland. The Tigers will host Chippewa Falls in a non-conference game on Friday and Hayward next Tuesday.

Somerset will play a non-conference game at Arcadia on Thursday before hosting Baldwin-Woodville next Tuesday.

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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