Elliott Bell

River Falls’ freshman Elliott Bell is all smiles after scoring the first goal of the game in the Wildcats’ 3-2 victory over New Richmond Tuesday, May 2, in River Falls. Bob Burrows / Star-Observer photo

River Falls scored three goals in the first half but New Richmond made it close at the end before the Wildcats held on for a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in a key Big Rivers Conference match Tuesday night in River Falls.

The victory vaulted the Wildcats over the Tigers in the BRC standings and into second place behind undefeated Hudson (5-0-0) with a record of 3-0-2, while New Richmond slipped all the way to fifth place at 3-3-0. Eau Claire North and Eau Claire Memorial are tied for third place at 3-1-1 each.

The top three teams at the end of the round-robin regular season schedule will compete in the championship bracket of the round robin tournament for the conference title.

River Falls struck first Tuesday night when Elliott Bell knocked home a rebound off a Bell Skow free kick at the 15:52 mark of the first half. Seven minutes later Lillia Gray sent a curling shot from the right side into the far upper corner to make it a 2-0 game.

The Wildcats pushed the lead to 3-0 at the half when Kaelin Jalowitz scored off a scrum in front following a River Falls corner kick. Kraly Walker was credited with an assist.

The second half was a different story as the Tigers got on the board on a shot by Gaby Aune into the far, upper corner in the 55th minute. Marah Benedict scored off a nice feed from Alexa Singer at the top of the box with just over 10 minutes remaining but that’s as close as the Tigers could get.

River Falls has three BRC games remaining before the conference tournament– this Thursday at Rice Lake (2-2-0), Tuesday, May 9 at home against Hudson, and Thursday, May 11 at Chippewa Falls (0-4-0). New Richmond has two games left– Thursday night at home against Eau Claire North and Tuesday, May 9, at Superior (0-4-0).

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