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Falcon Roundup: Booters open WIAC play 2-0

Booters open WIAC play 2-0

The UW-River Falls women's soccer team opened WIAC play with a pair of one-goal victories, defeating UW-Stout, 4-3, Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Menomonie before edging UW-Platteville, 2-1, Saturday, Sept. 29 at Ramer Field.

UWRF scored two goals in the final six minutes to stun Stout in their WIAC opener Wednesday.

Camryn Altnau gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the tenth minute, and after the Blue Devils tied the score two minutes later, Mariah Troje scored off a corner kick to put UWRF up 2-1 at the half.

Stout scored twice in the second half to take a 3-2 lead, but Maggie Koehler put home a rebound in the 85th minute before assisting on Kari Rollo's game-winner with 2 minutes, 9 seconds remaining.

Saturday at home against Platteville, Koehler's goal in the 51st minute tied the score, 1-1, before Jasmine Hunn scored 15 minutes later to give the Falcons a 2-1 victory.

The Falcons, now 8-2-1 overall, will host Augsburg Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 3:30 p.m. before returning to WIAC play at UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Oct. 6.

Volleyball drops four straight

After opening WIAC play with road losses at UW-La Crosse and UW-Whitewater last week, the Falcon volleyball team saw its losing streak reach four straight with a pair of losses at the Dubuque Triangular over the weekend.

The Falcons lost in four sets at La Crosse, 27-25, 25-20, 14-25, 21-25, before being swept by Whitewater, 19-25, 19-25, 20-25.

Karli Nielsen had 11 kills in the loss to the Eagles and Dakota Poitra had 21 digs while Nielsen had 10 digs at Whitewater and Hannah Robb had 19 digs. Hailey Huseth dished out 18 assists at La Crosse and 19 at Whitewater.

Saturday the Falcons dropped a pair of four-set matches, losing to Loras College, 16-25, 26-24, 15-25, 21-25 and falling to host Dubuque, 15-25, 26-24, 10-25, 19-25.

UWRF, now 10-12 overall, 0-3 in WIAC play, will play Finlandia and Martin Luther at the Hamline Triangular Saturday, Oct. 6.

Falcons run at Griak

The Falcon women's cross country team placed third in the Division III race while the men finished eighth at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights Saturday, Sept. 29.

Junior Linsey Tolkkinen led the women with a second place time of 22 minutes, 55 seconds, over three minutes faster than than her time a year earlier, while junior Emily Klatt was 14th in 23:56.3. Senior Nikki Jurik was was 60th in 26:11.5 and sophomore Emmy Farago of Hudson was 115th in 27:26.2 while sophomore Emma Deutsch came in at 28:05.3.

In the men's race, junior Braydon Johnson posted a top 20 finish with a time of 27 minutes, 9. 5 seconds while freshman Josh Dagastino was 86th in 30:44. Freshman Joe Lagotte was just two seconds behind Dagostino in 30:46.8 and freshman Beau Clemmensen finished in 31:21 while senior Reid Schwechler of Hudson placed 92nd with a time of 31:24.8.

Golfers third at Mad Dawg Invite

The UWRF women's golf team cut 23 strokes off its score from a year ago to place third at the Mad Dawg Invitational hosted by UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Stevens Point Country Club.

Paige Isensee led the Falcons with a two-day total score of 172 to finish in 16th place while Danielle DeWitt and Courtney Carson were both one stroke behind at 173. Molly Larsen tied for 21st place with a a total of 177.

UW-Oshkosh won the team title with a two-day score of 646 while River Falls was third with 695.

Next up for the Falcons is the WIAC Championships Friday through Sunday, Oct. 5-7, at the Reedsburg Country Club.

Netters fall at Oshkosh

Sophomore Hannah Andress of Chippewa Falls earned the only Falcon point in the UWRF women's tennis team's 8-1 loss at UW-Oshkosh Sunday, Sept. 30.

Andress posted a 6-7(8), 6-3(4) win over Hannah Peters at No. 2 singles for the Falcons' only point of the match.

The Falcons will host UW-Eau Claire Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. and UW-La Crosse Sunday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m. at the Ramer Field courts.

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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