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Booters move into first in BRC

The Wildcat girls soccer team leap-frogged Eau Claire Memorial in the Big Rivers Conference standings last week with a 5-1 victory over Eau Claire North Tuesday, May 8, and a 2-0 shutout Thursday, May 10 against Chippewa Falls.

Saturday, May 11, the Cats dropped a pair of 2-1 nonconference decisions to D.C. Everest and West Bend East at the D.C. Everest Quad in Schofield.

The two BRC victories improved the Wildcats' record to 7-1-1 in conference play (8-5-1 overall), one point ahead of Eau Claire Memorial (7-0-0, 16-0-2). The Wildcats hosted Hudson Tuesday, May 15, and will square off against Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, May 17, at 5 p.m. at the high school's Wildcat Field.

Last Tuesday against Eau Claire North, Bailey LaPoint netted a hat trick and Jenna Kizlik and Alexi Bopray had two assists each in a 5-1 Wildcat win.

LaPoint wasted no time putting the Wildcats on the board, scoring her first goal of the game in the third minute with an assist from Kizlik. Danni Filkins followed with a goal in the 19th minute, assisted by Annie Avestruz, to make it a 2-0 game.

Bopray would assist on two more Wildcat goals in the first half -- by LaPoint in the 32nd minute and Kelli Skogen seven minutes later -- before North scored its only goal on a penalty kick to make it a 4-1 game at halftime.

LaPoint completed her hat trick ten minutes into the second half, assisted by Kizlik, to make the final 5-1. Wildcat goalkeeper Paige Meyer made three saves as the Cats' outshot the Huskies, 14-6.

River Falls dominated play at home against Chippewa Falls Thursday but the game remained scoreless until Bopray scored three minutes into the second half, assisted by Ellie Nelson. Bopray and Nelson would hook up again for Bopray's second goal of the game in the 55th minute to make the final 2-0.

Meyer made two saves to record her eighth shutout of the season.

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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