CWS Sports Desk
April 14, 2019
Sun Prairie — The Wisconsin Rapids Red Raiders had a 3-1 shootout edge after a 1-1 tie in regulation to win the Hubcap Classic Saturday.
“This was our most complete game of the season so far against a quality opponent. We are definitely progressing with each outing,” said Rapids coach Nate Cleveland, whose team is now 2-2-1 on the season.
Sun Prairie got on the board first when Alexis Baker scored off a Maura Kalmerton assist at the 23:35 mark. But Dakota Mitchell quickly struck back with an unassisted goal for Rapids to make it 1-1 at the end of the 27th minute.
That’s where the score stayed for the rest of regulation.
“We held a quick and formidable Sun Prairie offense in check while still having more of the dangerous opportunities, especially in the second half,” Cleveland said. “It was also good to see us show a little sand by quickly equalizing after they scored on us. It never felt like game momentum was against us.”
Miranda Nieman had 7 saves during regulation for the Raiders, and Sun Prairie got 3 from first-half goalie Jillian Buenger and 4 from Molly Schulz in the second half.
Nieman’s 3 saves in the shootout made all the difference, while Buenger had 2. Nieman also added a goal on the first penalty-kick during the shootout for good measure.
Caroline Narel scored Rapids’ second goal and Ashley Abbot got the game-winner. Baker scored Sun Prairie’s lone shootout goal.
“The game, of course goes down as a tie—but it sure didn’t have to if we could’ve capitalized on all our chances,” Cleveland said. “At any rate it was a fun outing, and the girls were pumped to take the hubcap home.”