It was hoped that all the soccer seeding questions would be answered when the New Richmond boys made a trip south on Saturday to face Holmen and Onalaska.
Turns out, none of those questions got answered. Rain stepped in and made field conditions unplayable while New Richmond was playing Holmen on Saturday morning. The game was called in the 62nd minute, with the score tied 1-1. The game at Onalaska wasn’t played. Onalaska did win its game against River Falls, 2-0.
Saturday’s results, or lack thereof, will make seeding the top of the WIAA Division 2 regional tournament bracket at challenge. New Richmond has a 14-2-1 record. Holmen is 9-0-5. Onalaska is 13-1-2. When Holmen and Onalaska played, the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
New Richmond coach Darian Blattner said there is little space in the schedule to make up the game with Onalaska. The Tigers have games the next two Saturdays, hosting Sparta and La Crosse Central this Saturday.
Blattner said the Tigers played quite well against Holmen, but that the worsening weather conditions made it more and more difficult to get anything accomplished. New Richmond’s Dave Miller scored the only goal of the first half. After a corner kick, the ball was in a scrum in front of the Holmen net. The ball squirted outside the scrum, where Miller moved in quickly to slide a shot into the lower left corner of the net.
Holmen matched that goal 15 minutes into the second half, also scoring off a corner kick.
With the three teams at the top of the region so closely paired, Blattner said it scored against comparable opponents will be a big part of deciding how the teams are seeded. Menomonie and La Crosse Central are common opponents to all three teams. Blattner said he hopes the team can put up impressive scores in the home games against Menomonie Tuesday and Central on Saturday to help state the Tigers’ case in the seeding meeting.
Blattner said he thinks the way the Tigers played Saturday should give the team confidence after Holmen defeated the Tigers twice last season. He said the Tigers had excellent ball movement, knowing that the wet conditions were neutralizing their speed, which is one of the team’s best assets.