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Somerset soccer team needs field trip discretion

Somerset senior Hannah Waskosky (center) drives the ball upfield during the Spartans' 3-2 loss to Barron last Thursday. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

If the Somerset girls soccer team wants to remain in the hunt for the Middle Border Conference title, the team might want to avoid field trips where overeating is an option.

The Spartans were fortunate that last Thursday's game against Barron was the non-conference game in their two meetings this season. The Spartans lost the game 3-2. The loss was out of character for the Spartans, who were winners over Baldwin-Woodville and Spooner in their other games last week.

Somerset coach Bill Roll is rarely critical of his players, but he said some overindulging on a field trip to the "Festival of Nations" may have led to what he considered lethargic play in the loss.

"We had a few girls off their A game," Roll said.

The Spartans fell behind 2-0, before battling back in the second half. Brycen Chladek scored to cut the margin to 2-1, but Barron answered right back. Anya Swanson's goal cut the margin to 3-2, but the Spartans couldn't get the tying goal.

The next day, the Spartans were back to their usual game, dominating control of the ball in a 3-0 win over Spooner. That runs Somerset's record for the season to 5-3-1.

Anna Rybacki scored the first two goals against Spooner, both in the first half. Freshman Satin Mull scored in the second half, her first varsity goal.

The dynamic play the Spartans can produce showed in the first half of last Tuesday's 4-0 win against Baldwin-Woodville. Swanson scored the opening goal of the night. Rybacki added two more before halftime, then another in the second half as the Spartans won comfortably.

The Spartans can still be a major factor in the battle at the top of the MBC standings. That starts Tuesday, where the Spartans would need a homefield win against Hayward. In a scheduling quirk because of makeups, Somerset and Osceola will play on back-to-back days this Thursday and Friday. Thursday's game is non-conference and will be played in Osceola. Friday's game is a MBC game and will be played in Somerset.

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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