The River Falls boys’ soccer team continued to pick up votes in the state rankings and victories this week as it jumped from No. 10 to No. 7 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Division poll before shutting out Chippewa Falls 5-0 Tuesday night, Sept. 29.
The victory was the fourth in a row for the Wildcats and pushed their unbeaten streak to eight straight with six wins and two ties in that span. It also moved the Wildcats’ record to 8-1-2 overall and 4-1-2 in the Big Rivers Conference heading into BRC Tourney play against New Richmond and Hudson next week.
All five River Falls goals Tuesday night against Chippewa Falls came in the second half.
“I think looking at how Chippewa has played against others in the conference by scoreline, the boys came out a bit timid, or maybe patient, to feel out the game and see what Chippewa would throw at us,” head coach Jacob Langer said.
Langer said the Wildcats played more aggressively in the second half and it paid off in a big way.
Miles Longsdorf put two goals in– one off an assist from Zack Nye and the other from the penalty spot– before Elliot Auderieth sent a long-distance bomb into the back of the net.
Nye added a goal and assisted on another by Tustin Todd to finish with a three-point night.
“It was a beautiful, unselfish play that I've grown to expect from the boys,” Langer said about Nye’s assist on the Cats’ final goal.
The victory clinched third place for the Wildcats in the BRC and they will begin the conference round-robin tournament Tuesday night, Oct. 5, at New Richmond (3-1-3). They’ll host Hudson (5-0-2) Thursday, Oct. 7, and visit Eau Claire Memorial Tuesday, Oct. 12. In between they’ll host a pair of nonconference games with sectional seeding implications Saturday, Oct. 9 against Holmen at 10 a.m. and Onalaska at 2 p.m.