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Senior Day goes perfectly for New Richmond girls soccer

New Richmond junior Anna Hop (4) drives past a La Crosse Logan defender as she carries the ball down the sideline during the Tigers' 10-0 win on Saturday. Dave Newman / RiverTown Multimedia

Senior Day couldn't have gone any better for the New Richmond girls soccer team.

Both of the seniors on the roster scored goals and the Tigers were incredibly sharp in putting away La Crosse Logan on Saturday, 10-0. The win is the tenth straight for the Tigers this season.

Cameron Moeller and Alli Preece are the only seniors on the Tiger roster. In Saturday's game, Moeller got to make her first varsity start. And to put appropriate icing on the great day, Moeller scored her first varsity goal to get the Tigers to the 10-0 limit. Preece scored the Tigers' ninth goal, off an assist from Moeller.

Saturday's game was an awesome display of offense as the Tigers rarely let the ball escape their offensive end of the field. By the 11:34 mark, the Tigers already held a 4-0 lead. It continued to climb steadily, with New Richmond leading 9-0 by halftime.

Amelia Feuerer, Maya Greenquist and Jhette Gabriel both scored twice in the first half. Kialie Malone and Zoe Christensen also scored during the dominant first half performance.

New Richmond coach Tracey Boyle said she was impressed with what she saw from the Tigers in their late-week games.

"Against Logan, we played to our level the whole game. We were goal hungry," she said.

This was the second straight overwhelming performance by the Tigers. On Friday, they went to Baldwin-Woodville and earned a 7-1 win over the Blackhawks. This game assured the Tigers of at least a share of the 2018 Middle Border Conference conference championship. Feuerer, Greenquist and Malone each scored twice in Friday's win, with Lauren Graham also scoring once. The Tigers led the game 3-0 at halftime.

Boyle said Friday's game was important for the team. She said the coaches didn't feel the team played with a great deal of intensity in last Tuesday's win at Osceola. That led to a lengthy team discussion about playing to the Tigers' level of ability for every game, instead of playing down to the level of younger opponents. Boyle said B-W put up a good battle Friday and all of the Tigers' goals were the result of "good hard work."

Boyle said the team has responded when it has been given a mission for each game, something to focus upon that raises the level of intensity.

In last Tuesday's win at Osceola, the Tigers got goals from Feuerer, Greenquist, Maria Giannini, Kacie Malone and Meghan Schleicher.

The wins Tuesday and Friday put the Tigers in position to win the outright MBC championship. A win this Tuesday would earn the Tigers the conference title.

One unfortunate aspect of the season for the Tigers has been the cancellation of several games due to the uncooperative weather. Several of those games were against top-flight non-conference opponents. That changes this Saturday when the Tigers play in a tournament at Rhinelander. The Tigers will play Rhinelander in one game. In the other, they will look to avenge their loss in the 2017 sectional championship game against Pulaski. Boyle said this tournament has extra importance, because Pulaski and Rhinelander are two of the strong possibilities of teams that will advance to the sectional championship game from the other half of the sectional bracket.

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 nearly 30 years.

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