The Eau Claire Memorial boys soccer team has been the king of the mountain in the Big Rivers Conference for a while.
On Thursday evening they were able to hold off another tough challenger, beating Chi-Hi 2-0 at Dorais Field.
“I was really proud of the way the kids played tonight,” Chi-Hi coach Ben Goeman said of his team. “I thought they left it on the field tonight.”
Memorial scored off a corner kick by Adam Mijhawan in the 13th minute and added a late goal from Peter Rentzepis in the 74th minute. The second goal came after Rentzepis got behind the Cardinals defense after it had extended many of their defensemen forward, a move Goeman said was designed to give the Cardinals better offensive chances.
“It was a well-played game,” Goeman said. “Overall it was just a good high school soccer game.”
Dan Oliver made seven saves in goal for Chi-Hi (9-1-2, 3-1-2 BRC), who was outshot by the Old Abes by a 9-5 margin.
The Cardinals won’t have to wait long for a chance at revenge as they play at Eau Claire Memorial on Monday in a game rescheduled from August.
McDonell/Regis 3, Marshfield Columbus 2
At Casper Park, the McDonell/Regis boys soccer team edged Marshfield Columbus in Mid-State Conference play.
Mike Farrow led McRegis (7-5-1, 4-2 Mid-State) with two goals, while Abe Albert added the final goal.
Sam Vandehaar and Mike Hoffman chipped in with assists. Matt Steiger had 10 saves in goal.
“It was a well-played game on both sides,” McDonell/Regis coach Tim Jenneman said. “Our three seniors showed great leadership and helped step up our play.”
McDonell/Regis heads to Menomonie on Saturday.
Bloomer girls win C-W invite
At Chetek, the Bloomer girls cross country team got another strong performance from Cora Bruxvoort as it won the four-team Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Invite.
Bruxvoort won the race with a time of 15 minutes, 57 seconds — nearly 50 seconds faster than her closest competition. As a team, the Blackhawks finished with 27 points.
Sarah Heinze finished third for Bloomer with a time of 17:48, while Elisabeth Anderson and Alecia Warring were fourth and fifth, respectively.
On the boys side, Bloomer took second with a team score of 49 points. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser won the meet with a score of 27 points.
Bloomer’s Clint Heinze won the race with a time of 17:54. Jacob Anderson and Jake Malinowski took sixth and seventh, respectively.
Bloomer is off until Tuesday when it heads to Barron for an invite.
S-B’s Arnold finishes fourth at Altoona
At Altoona, Stanley-Boyd’s Paige Arnold finished in fourth place at the Altoona Invite with a time of 17:07.7.
The Orioles didn’t have enough runners compete to score as a team in the girls race.
Eau Claire Regis won the girls race with a team score of 38 points as Eileen Endres took first place individually with a time of 16:52.4.
On the boys side, Stanley-Boyd took eighth place with a team score of 164 points. Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran won the race with a score of 34 points.
Immanuel’s Darin Lau took first place individually with a time of 15:58.9. Nathan Bauer finished 12th to lead Stanley-Boyd, finishing in 18:46.8.
Stanley-Boyd is off until Tuesday when it heads to Cadott for an invite.
LH/C’s Vavra, Knitter sweep home invite
At Holcombe, the Lake Holcombe/Cornell duo of Kayla Vavra and Jesse Knitter swept the top spots at their home meet.
Vavra led a bevy of Knights runners at the top of the girls race, winning in 18:20. She was followed by Lexi Moussette, Anna Burlingame, Danielle Gygi and Thia Moreen in the top-5.
Knitter won the boys race in 21:17, 15 seconds ahead of New Auburn’s Zach Vaughn.
Lake Holcombe/Cornell and New Auburn are back in action on Tuesday. The Knights head to Cadott, while the Trojans travel to Barron.
Chi-Hi’s Nowak finishes 3rd at Lake Hallie
At Lake Hallie Golf Course, Chi-Hi’s Bre Nowak finished in third place at a Big Rivers Conference meet hosted by Eau Claire Memorial.
Nowak shot a 40 to finish one stroke behind co-medalists Kaitlyn Alvarez and Sarah Faanes — both of Eau Claire North.
As a team, Chi-Hi shot a 233 to finish in sixth place at the meet. Katie Passint shot a 60, while Allison Perkins and Cheyenne McGowan shot 66 and 67, respectively. Megan Frey came in with a 77.
Eau Claire North won the meet, shooting 170.
Chi-Hi hosts a BRC meet at Lake Wissota Golf Course on Tuesday.