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Superior wins BRC opener

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The Superior High School girls soccer team began play in the Big Rivers Conference with a 1-0 shutout of Eau Claire North Tuesday evening at the NBC Spartan Sports Complex.

After winning four consecutive Middle Border Conference titles, the Spartans made the move this season to join the BRC, where they will play more comparably-sized schools.

Superior got acclimated to its new league right away as Kennedy Grimstad, with an assist from Katheryn Polkinghorne, scored Superior’s goal just 3:51 into the game.

“I got a beautiful pass in from about the 40-yard line from Katheryn, and I just kind of ran past the defense and took a shot from about the 18-yard line,” Grimstad said. “Scoring that early definitely helped calm the nerves a bit and everybody was able to settle into the game a little better.

“It feels pretty good, this win is a good confidence builder. Coming in we were a little nervous, I guess, because we were switching conferences, so it feels good to get one under the belt.”

Sam Young finished with 11 saves for Superior, including eight in the second half when the Spartans were outshot 8-1.

Young’s biggest save of the game may have come six minutes into the second half when she stopped Laura Swenson’s shot from about 5 yards out.

Twelve minutes later Young got a hand on a shot by Kelsey Kitzrow and she secured the victory and her shutout by scooping up a loose ball with 30 seconds remaining.

“Sam’s a good goalie and did a great job,” Grimstad said. “We’re lucky we have her back there, especially in the second half when they picked up their game with good passes and movement.”

Derica Ohms had six saves for the Huskies (2-1, 0-1 BRC).

The Spartans lost 10-0 at Eau Claire Memorial on Thursday. The Old Abes also defeated Rice Lake 3-0 on Tuesday.

It was just the third meeting between SHS and ECM in the last seven years.

The Old Abes defeated Superior 7-1 in opening round of last year WIAA playoffs and 10-1 the 2011 playoffs.

“We know it will be a challenge on Thursday at Memorial, but we’re really excited about playing a new conference,” Grimstad said. “It should be a good year.”

SPARTAN SPIN: Superior also defeated ECN 5-4 in 2015; but lost to them three straight times — 1-0 in 2012, 5-0 in 2011 and 10-0 in 2010. … Tuesday’s JV game ended in a 0-0 tie.

Eau Claire North           0              0              —            0

Superior           1              0              —            1

First Half – Kennedy Grimstad (Katheryn Polkinghorne), 3:51.

Second Half – No scoring.

Saves – Derica Ohms, ECN 5-1—6. Sam Young, SHS, 3-8—11.