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Girls' soccer ties Old Abes

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Ashley Iverson's second half goal gave the Raider girls' soccer team a 1-1 double overtime tie with Eau Claire Memorial Thursday in Eau Claire.

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The tie helped the Raiders earn the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WIAA regional tournament. They will host No. 7 Superior Thursday, May 28 at the middle school at 5 p.m. The winner will face either No. 3 River Falls or No. 6 Menomonie Saturday, May 30 at the home of the higher seed.

Last Thursday in Eau Claire, the Old Abes scored the only goal of the first half and led 1-0 before Iverson tied things up.

"Her goal was pure hustle and determination," head coach Allie Knutson said. "If we gave out a game ball, she would have been the one to receive it in last night's game."

Knutson said the game was a far cry from the last time the two teams met, a 2-0 Raider victory over the Old Abes on April 28.

"Earlier in the season I think we outplayed them; this time I would have to say it was the other way around," the coach said.

Memorial held a 12-5 advantage in shots on goal, and Knutson credited Raider keeper Tessa Baken with limiting the Old Abes to one goal.

"Tessa Bakken came up huge," Knutson said. "Basically stopping every shot that came her way, as well as a few breakaways. So she was instrumental in keeping us in the game."

Knutson said the Raiders got off to a slow start, but never let down and played hard through both overtime periods.

"I think if we would have started the game off as strong as we started to play at the end we may have come out with a win instead of a tie," she said. "Memorial is a good team, though, so I am ready to put that game past us and start really focusing on the post season."

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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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