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Wildcat booters earn top seed

Freshman Liv Nelson takes a shot from the top of the box in the Wildcat girls’ soccer team’s 1-1 tie with Rice Lake Tuesday, May 14, at UW-River Falls’ David Smith Stadium. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia

The Wildcat girls' soccer team's quest to return to the WIAA State Tournament will begin Tuesday, May 28, when the Cat's open Division 2 regional play as the top seed in their eight-team bracket.

The Wildcats, 9-5-3 overall, 7-3-2 in the Big Rivers Conference following a 1-1 tie against Rice Lake and a 5-3 loss to Eau Claire Memorial last week, will host No. 8 seed La Crosse Logan (1-13-1) in a first round regional match Tuesday, May 28, at 5 p.m. at UW-River Falls' David Smith Stadium. A win Tuesday would keep them home against either No. 4 Holmen (10-8-3) or No. 5 La Crosse Central (8-5-2) for the regional final Saturday, June 1.

The other side of the bracket features No. 2 seed Onalaska (13-2-3) hosting No. 7 Sparta (6-12-2) and No. 3 New Richmond (11-2-2) facing No. 6 Menomonie (4-10-0).

The Cats have fared well against their sectional opponents during the regular season. They defeated Onalaska 2-1 and swept Menomonie by identical 6-1 scores while playing New Richmond to a 2-2 tie.

Before opening postseason play, the Cats will wrap up the regular season with a pair of road games, at Chippewa Falls Tuesday, May 21, and at Superior Thursday, May 23.

The sectional semifinal is scheduled for Thursday, June 6, at the home of the highest remaining seed with the sectional final Saturday, June 8, in New Richmond. The WIAA State Tournament will be played June 13-15 in Milwaukee.

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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