River Falls soccer coach Jacob Langer felt the Wildcats could beat Eau Claire North last Tuesday night. But they couldn’t do anything about the weather.

The Cats and Huskies were tied 1-1 when the game was called early in the second half due to lightning that eventually turned into baseball-sized hail falling on parts of River Falls. The game went into the books as a 1-1 draw, and coupled with Thursday night’s 3-0 Wildcat win at Menomonie, left River Falls with a record of 2-1-2 in Big Rivers Conference play.

“Overall the boys were a bit disappointed with this week,” Langer said. “By no means is that to discredit North or Menomonie. They did what they needed to do to limit chances and put us in weird spots. If anything, it's good adversity to face at this juncture.”

River Falls is currently in third place in the BRC standings behind co-leaders Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial. Tuesday’s tie left Eau Claire North in fourth place.

Langer said the Wildcats gave up an uncharacteristically sloppy goal to the Huskies that ended up hurting them in the end.

“I think if we had been able to play the second half, the way we were playing would have ended in a favorable result for us,” he said. “Unfortunately, you can't control the weather and North earned a favorable result to keep them in the top four.”

Thursday in Menomonie, Wyatt Nelson had a goal and an assist, Caleb Selleck and Joey Butz scored a goal each, and Tustin Todd and Zack Nye had an assist apiece in a 3-0 win over the Mustangs.

“One of those games where the scoreline isn't indicative of the flow of the game,” Langer said. “Menomonie just cleared everything long all game. But credit to them for keeping things competitive. Their goalie had a heck of a game and kept them in the game for good stretches.”

After hosting Chippewa Falls Tuesday night, the Wildcats will hope to remain one of the top four teams in the BRC who will meet in a round-robin tournament over the next two weeks to determine the conference champion. Langer said he hopes last week served as a wake-up call.

“Sometimes you need that wakeup call of there still being work to do,” he said. “We had that wakeup call at New Richmond last year right before state playoffs, and I'm looking to see how the boys respond. This is a really competitive group with a high bar for themselves, and keeping those expectations in check to keep the boys relaxed, focused, and playing free of any worries is one of the biggest challenges, but we keep working on it and working on getting them to where they need to be.”

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