CWS Sports Desk

April 25, 2019

Weston — The D.C. Evergreens aren’t exactly in first place, but they might as well be after a 3-0 win over Wisconsin Valley Conference leader Wisconsin Rapids Thursday.

Everest (6-0-1, 3-0 WVC) defeated the Red Raiders behind three second-half goals and moved into second place with 9 points in the league table. More importantly, the state-ranked Evergreens (No. 7 in Division 1) have consecutive wins over both defending WVC champ SPASH and Rapids (6-3-1, 4-1), which at 12 points still sits in first.

If the Evergreens defeat Wausau West at home Friday, they would move into first, putting the conference target back in the place they’re accustomed to having it: on their backs.

Everest struggled to get the ball past the 2018 all-conference first-team goalie, Miranda Nieman, who had 12 saves. But three unassisted goals by three different Everest juniors in a 13-minute span put the game away.

Midfielder Lily Kowal got the first in the 58th minute, while forward Maddie Simpson followed up in the 66th and midfielder Alanna Schneck got the third in the 69th.

“It was a frustrating first half, as we were getting decent looks at goal but couldn’t break the seal,” said Everest coach Lucas Kollross. “Credit to their defensive shape and Miranda, who played really well for them.

“I was pleased with how we stayed to to our game and were eventually able to break through. We know we can score in bunches, so it’s just a matter of being patient.”

Sonja Budleski finished with two saves for Everest.

Rapids coach Nate Cleveland said his team took what it could from the loss.

“If nothing else, I think we at least made them earn it.  They beat us on three quality finishes in the second half,” he said.

“I was pleased with our effort, but to beat a team like Everest, we have to be way more precise with our forward passing in transition than we were tonight.”