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Soccer opens BRC 0-2

River Falls goalkeeper Jari Zoller punches away a corner kick between teammate Devlin Laidlaw and Eau Claire Memorial's Zach Haig (2) in the second half of the Wildcat soccer team's 3-1 loss to the Old Abes Thursday, Aug. 31, at Wildcat Field. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

The Wildcat boys soccer team had its hands full in its first two matches of the season last week and came away on the short end of both scores.

The Cats dropped a 1-0 decision to 2016 state tournament qualifier Rice Lake Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Rice Lake, before falling 3-1 to perennial BRC powerhouse Eau Claire Memorial at home Thursday, Aug. 31.

Junior co-captain Jared Syverson put River Falls on the board first against the Old Abes with a goal in the 10th minute assisted by senior midfielder Nolan Young.

Memorial's Jack Longville scored just before the end of the half to tie the score and Mitch Brenner put the Old Abes up 2-1 with a goal in the 52nd minute before Cooper Lyons added an insurance goal 20 minutes later. Owen Jolley assisted on all three Eau Claire Memorial goals to keep the Old Abes undefeated.

River Falls goalkeeper Jari Zoller finished with three saves as the Old Abes outshot the Wildcats, 12-4.

River Falls visited Chippewa Falls Tuesday, Sept. 5 and will play a nonconference game at New Richmond Monday, Sept. 11, before hosting Eau Claire North Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. at Wildcat Field.

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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