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Soccer maintains lead in BRC

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. <i>Bob Burrows photos</i>1 / 2
Wildcat senior Ellie Nelson looks for a shot from the top of the penalty box in the first half of the Cats' 2-1 victory over Eau Claire North last Thursday.2 / 2

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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