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Somerset soccer battles through injuries for wins

Somerset sophomore defender Kristen Vensland (19) prepares to boot the ball out of harm's way during last week's battle with New Richmond. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

The compressed nature of this spring's season doesn't leave much time to recover from injuries.

The Somerset girls soccer team worked through a number of injuries last week to earn wins against Amery and Arcadia.

The Spartans won a home non-conference game with Amery on Tuesday, 3-1. The Spartans then made the two-hour trip to Arcadia on Thursday, scoring a 5-0 win.

Going into Tuesday's game, the Spartans were missing three starters. That resulted in the team not playing its sharpest in the first half. The Spartans led the game 1-0 at halftime. Early in the second half, Amery scored to tie the game.

"It was a little bit of a wake up call," said Somerset coach Bill Roll.

The Spartans scored within seconds to regain the lead. They added another goal while dominating control of the ball the rest of the game.

Seniors Anya Swanson, Hannah Waskosky and Anna Rybacki scored in the win. They were the same three Spartans who scored in the loss the previous night against New Richmond.

By the end of the game, two more Spartans were dinged up and were missing game time.

While the Spartans were still short-handed at Arcadia, they didn't play like it. The 5-0 score doesn't indicate how thoroughly the Spartans dominated the game. Arcadia was limited to three shots on goal in the game.

Rybacki got the Spartans on the scoreboard early in the game. Waskosky then delivered two goals. Both were on booming shots that went into the upper reaches of the goal. Roll estimated that both kicks came from beyond 25 yards away from the net. Those scores put Somerset ahead 3-0 at halftime.

Rybacki scored Somerset's opening goal of the second half off an assist from Taylor Paulson. Paulson then notched the final goal of the game.

The Spartans started a string of four straight home games this Tuesday against Baldwin-Woodville. That continues Thursday against Barron and Friday against Spooner. Next week's schedule starts Tuesday with a home game against Hayward.

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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