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WIAA Girls Soccer: Cats fall in sectional final

Wausau East took a 3-1 halftime lead and the Wildcats were able to close the gap to 3-2 on Ella Bump's second goal of the game in the second half, but that's as close as River Falls could get in a WIAA Division 1 sectional final Saturday in Wausau.

Wausau East (18-1-2) advances to face Verona (20-3-0) in a WIAA State Tournament quarterfinal game Thursday in Milwaukee while the Wildcats' season comes to an end with a record of 15-2-4.

Wausau East took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Gabby Charles in the seventh minute, but Bump tied the score in the 28th minute with an assist from Faith Harris.

Charles scored again to give Easy a 2-1 lead in the 38th minute and Kati Beckman added a goal just before halftime to make it a 3-1 game.

Bump's second goal midway through the second half, assisted by Mariah Kaiser, made the final 3-2.

Wildcat goalkeeper Paige Meyer finished with 12 saves as East outshot River Falls, 15-10.

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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