April 21--The Eau Claire Memorial attack is back firing with both barrels. If Abigail Stow doesn't get you, Caylee Boone will.
And they've got Ali Bowe pulling the strings behind them.
River Falls felt the full brunt of that attacking trio Thursday. Stow scored twice, Boone scored one and Bowe ran the show in midfield to lead Memorial to a 3-1 victory in Big Rivers girls soccer action.
"It's really nice because we have a lot of speed up front," said Bowe, the Old Abes' all-conference junior midfielder. "An easy through ball and they can race to get it."
Bowe served up scoring chances on a platter. She assisted on both of Stow's goals and made incisive pass after incisive pass. Her early long ball launched the counter attack that Stow finished off for the go-ahead goal in the 27th minute. And she played an inch-perfect ball into the left channel that Stow tucked away for the clincher in the 61st.
In between, Bowe's evening was full of clever turns and savvy touches.
"She's just a calming influence all over the field," Memorial coach Scott DeRusha said. "Her touch and her vision on the field is unparalleled. It really helps when you've got speed up top and she can pick out the passes."
Now that the Abes (5-1-0, 4-0-0) have both Stow and Boone on the field together, they're lethal when given space to play into. Both Boone -- who scored the game's opening goal in the seventh minute -- and Stow can run and finish. Boone now has five goals and five assists for the season, while Stow's notched four goals and an assist in two games.
Memorial's personnel and 3-5-2 formation make it potent on the counter attack, something the Wildcats found out first hand Thursday.
"Speed and finishing ability," River Falls coach Charles Conley said. "And they're just soccer intelligent."
The Abes also showed off some resiliency. River Falls tied the game at 1 in the 24th minute when Sydney Debroux headed in Ashley Nelson's corner kick at the far post. But less than four minutes later, Bowe had sprung Stow for what proved to be the game-winner.
Memorial, ranked fifth in the latest WSCA Division 1 state poll, then restricted River Falls to just one shot in the second half.
"We just realized we needed to calm down and play our own game," senior defender Ali Benson said. "We just really worked the ball around like we know how to do."
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