New Richmond girls soccer finds the next level at Wausau
The wins have been piling up, but it wasn't until this weekend's tournament at Wausau that New Richmond girls soccer coach Tracey Boyle was really impressed with the Tigers' play this season.
The Tigers improved to 9-1 for the season with wins over Wausau West and Wausau East in a tournament played at Wausau West on Saturday.
The opening game was the step toward the next level the Tigers needed. Wausau West gave New Richmond a battle, but a goal late in the second half by Amelia Feuerer gave the Tigers a 2-1 victory.
It was in the second game of the day where the Tigers really took off. The Tigers put 25 shots on goal in earning a 7-0 win against Wausau East. Maya Greenquist, who scored the first goal against Wausau West, led the Tigers with two goals against East. Also scoring for the Tigers were Megan Schleicher, Amanda Johnson, Kialie Malone, Kacie Malone and Shelby Pahnke, who scored for the first time at the varsity level.
"It was our breakthrough game," Boyle said of the big win against East. "Offensively, it clicked. They are starting to understand each other's game."
The Tigers were doing everything right too against West, but they weren't able to finish their scoring chances against them. They held a 19-5 edge in shots on goal in the opening game Saturday.
There were two steps taken toward the Middle Border Conference title last week when the Tigers defeated Spooner 8-1 on Thursday and Hayward 3-0 on Tuesday. Spooner is a younger team that the Tigers were expected to handle. The Tigers got two goals from Amelia Feuerer and one goal each from Kialie Malone, Greenquist, Schleicher, Jhette Gabriel, Audrey Feuerer and Kacie Malone.
The game the Tigers were inspired to play was last Tuesday's home battle with Hayward. Hayward tied the Tigers 0-0 last season and that resulted in the two teams sharing the MBC title last year. The Tigers got a break early in Tuesday's game when Gabriel scored off a long penalty kick 4:35 into the action. Amelia Feuerer also scored in the first half and Kialie Malone scored in the second half.
"It definitely felt good," Boyle said about beating Hayward after the tie with Hayward was the only blemish on the Tigers' otherwise perfect regular season record in 2017.
The Tigers can take two big steps toward the conference title this Tuesday and Thursday, when they compete at Osceola and Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers cap this week by hosting La Crosse Logan at 11 a.m. on Saturday. If the Tigers win Tuesday and Thursday, then a win in next Tuesday's home game against Amery would give the Tigers the 2018 conference championship.