A loss that haunted the Somerset soccer boys through the 2018 season was when the Spartans were upset by Cumberland, a team the Spartan players and coaches thought they should have defeated.
So when Somerset traveled to Cumberland on Monday, the Spartans were intent on not letting history repeat itself. And this game was doubly important to the Spartans. Not only was it a Middle Border Conference game, it was also against a team in their Division 4 regional bracket.
The Spartans took care of history on Monday, using a fast start to defeat the Beavers, 4-2.
New Richmond used a quick start to get ahead of the Spartans last Friday, and the Spartans wanted to do the same thing to Cumberland. The Spartans did that just, scoring four minutes into the game. Aaron Shartin-Folkert sent the ball toward the net. When the Cumberland goalkeeper didn’t handle the ball cleanly, Kaine Lee was there to control the ball and get the goal.
Cumberland scored two minutes later, but the Spartans would not be deferred. Shortly after, Shartin-Folkert scored when the Spartans took a corner kick, with the ball bouncing off a mass of bodies in front of the net to him.
The lead grew to 3-1 when Torsten Strom from Shartin-Folkert. The Cumberland keeper came out to challenge Strom, but he got a shot away from 18 yards out that found the net.
Shartin-Folkert followed with a goal off a penalty kick, putting Somerset ahead 4-1 before halftime. The only goal of the second half came with four minutes remaining when Cumberland tallied off a penalty kick.
Somerset coach Bill Roll said the coaches reminded the Spartans often about last season’s loss to Cumberland, reminding the team of the importance of this year’s game.
“In the first half we dominated possession,” Roll said.
The Spartans don’t play again until Saturday, when they host Rice Lake at 3 p.m. The coaches were excited to have this break, giving the team some time to string together practices and break down film from their recent games. Roll said Rice Lake is one of the three top teams in the Big Rivers Conference, so Saturday’s game will be a good test for the Spartans.
“We know it’s going to be physical and it’s going to be fast. That’s how they play in the Big Rivers,” Roll said.