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Wildcat sophomore Izzy Lucking evades an Eau Claire North defender in the first half of the Cats' 2-1 victory over the Huskies last Thursday at Wildcat Field. Bob Burrows photos

Soccer maintains lead in BRC


The Wildcat girls' soccer team remained undefeated in Big Rivers Conference play and improved to 11-2 overall with wins over Eau Claire North and New Richmond last week.


The Cats dominated both games but had trouble finding the back of the net. They rallied from a 1-0 deficit to beat North, 2-1, last Thursday, May 16, before scoring a 3-0 win over the Tigers despite holding a 44-1 shots advantage.

Eau Claire North took an early 1-0 lead on a penalty kick before the Cats got a goal from Annie Avestruz in the 35th minute to tie the score.

Lauren Kizlik poked a well-placed shot just inside the near post, assisted by Rachel Meyer, for the game-winner in the 64th minute.

"Eau Claire North was a battle for us," Wildcat head coach Charles Conley said. "However, we maintained composure and managed to pull out of there with a 2-1 victory."

The win maintained the Cats' slim lead in the Big Rivers Conference with a record of 9-0-0. Eau Claire Memorial is 9-1-0 with their only loss coming to River Falls.

Friday, May 17, the Cats fired 44 shots at the net with goals coming from Emily Gregg, Danni Filkins and Kizlik in a 3-0 win over the Tigers.

The Cats visited Hudson this past Tuesday, May 21, seeking to clinch at least a share of the conference title. Thursday, May 23, they host Menomonie at 5 p.m. with a showdown at Eau Claire Memorial scheduled for Friday, May 24.

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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