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Boys' Soccer: Booters split pair of BRC matches

River Falls’ Karl Linton (23) breaks up a Chippewa Falls’ pass in the first half of the Wildcat boys’ soccer team’s 4-1 victory over Chippewa Falls Thursday, Sept. 6. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Josh Linton (20) and Owen Wise celebrate after Wise assisted on Linton’s goal to give the Wildcat boys’ soccer team a 2-0 lead over Chippewa Falls Thursday, Sept. 6 in River Falls. The Cats went on to a 4-1 victory. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

Defending Big Rivers Conference boys' soccer champion Eau Claire Memorial proved it will be the team to beat again this season in its 9-0 victory over River Falls Friday, Sept. 7, in Eau Claire.

The loss for the Wildcats came one day after a strong 4-1 victory at home over Chippewa Falls that gave the Cats their second BRC victory of the season. Now 2-2 in conference play (3-3-1 overall), head coach Marcos Rodriguez said Friday's loss made for a good measuring stick moving forward.

"We started off strong but found ourselves playing catch-up after a few mistakes on our end in the first half," he said. "All credit to Memorial for capitalizing on our mistake and converting those to goals. It was a good lesson for us and will help us as we move forward in conference play."

One day earlier the Cats scored just 45 seconds into the match on a Connor Weinzirl goal to take a quick 1-0 lead over Chippewa Falls. Josh Linton converted a pass from Owen Wise later in the half and Devlin Laidlaw and Miles Longsdorf added second half goals to make the final 4-1. For freshman Longsdorf it was his first high school goal.

"That was a game we seemed to be able to move the ball around, take our space," Rodriguez said. "We were also able to find splits and make runs through gaps. I'm very happy with the way we were able to handle this game as things got a little chippy."

Next up for the Wildcats is a BRC match at Eau Claire North Thursday, Sept. 13, followed by a nonconference match with playoff implications at home against New Richmond Friday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m.

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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