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Wildcat sophomore Shelby Hanson (6) settles the ball in front of a Hudson player in the first half of last Tuesday's 3-1 River Falls' victory at Hudson. Bob Burrows photo

Girls' soccer BRC co-champs

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The Wildcat girls' soccer team won two if its final three games last week to claim a share of its third Big Rivers Conference championship in the last four years.

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River Falls defeated Hudson, 3-1, Tuesday, May21, and shut out Menomonie, 4-0, last Thursday, May 23, before Eau Claire Memorial handed the Cats their only BRC loss of the season, 5-0, Friday, May 24, to earn a share of the conference title with River Falls.

The Wildcats and Old Abes have combined for the last four conference championships, with River Falls winning back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011, the Old Abes winning in 2012, and the two teams sharing the championship this season.

Both teams finished with conference records of 11-1 with the only losses coming to each other.

River Falls has a record of 30-2-2 against BRC opponents over the last three seasons with the only two losses coming to Eau Claire Memorial.

If the two teams are to meet again this season it will be in the sectional final with a berth at state on the line. WIAA regional play begins this Thursday, May 30, with the fourth-seeded Wildcats hosting No. 13 Menomonie and the No. 2 seed Old Abes hosting No. 15 New Richmond.

If River Falls wins, they would host either No. 5 Rhinelander or No. 12 Wausau West Saturday, June 1. D.C. Everest earned the top seed in the sectional while Stevens Point is No. 3.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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