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MBC title becomes the focus for New Richmond girls soccer

New Richmond sophomore Audrey Feuerer (12) is rapidly becoming one of the top defensive players in the area. Here she's shown battling Somerset's Anna Rybacki in the game the two teams played last week. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

Weather cancellations chopped up the April portion of the schedule for the New Richmond girls soccer team.

The start of May will decide whether the Tigers can win the 2018 Middle Border Conference championship.

That begins this Tuesday when the Tigers host Hayward. Hayward was the only thing that stood between the Tigers and a perfect regular season last season. Hayward played the Tigers to an 0-0 tie early last May. The Tigers have been looking forward to the chance to correct that result ever since.

The Tigers will host Spooner in another MBC game this Thursday. The Tigers will journey to Wausau on Saturday to play two games in a quad tournament.

Next week starts with two more MBC games. The Tigers will play at Osceola on Tuesday, May 8, and at Baldwin-Woodville on Friday, May 11.

The Tigers did net an MBC win last Thursday when they won at Barron, 2-1. Barron did everything it could to stop the Tigers, often playing five or six girls as a back line of defense so the Tigers couldn't slip anyone past them.

Facing that type of defense, the Tigers had to be patient and use smart ball movement. That resulted in both of the goals. Amanda Johnson scored one goal off an assist from Teresa Tenner. Amelia Feuerer got the other goal, with Kialie Malone getting the assist.

Tiger coach Tracey Boyle said ball movement is a strength of the team, but it just isn't resulting in a high numbers of goals yet.

"We had amazing passing during the game, some of the best I have seen in the past two years. But (we) just forgot to shoot, and then couldn't finish our shots," Boyle said.

The Tigers were back on the field Friday, hosting Chippewa Falls. The Tigers won the non-conference game 3-2. Just like in Thursday's game, the Tigers dominated possession of the ball, but could have been more successful in finishing their offensive chances.

Malone, Johnson and Abby Brinkman scored for the Tigers in the victory. Feuerer and Maya Greenquist had assists.

Boyle said Friday's game showed that the Tigers' defense is still a work in progress.

"We're figuring out how we want approach teams. Our defensive situation...we're adjusting," she said.

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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