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Boys soccer: Rapids able to hold off late Merrill push

1:11 AM, Sep. 11, 2013
Merrill's goalie Nathan Beyer slides under Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln's Austin Schulze, right, to clear the ball, as Merrill's Logan Brunett, follows the ball during first-half action Thursday in Wisconsin Rapids.
Merrill's goalie Nathan Beyer slides under Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln's Austin Schulze, right, to clear the ball, as Merrill's Logan Brunett, follows the ball during first-half action Thursday in Wisconsin Rapids.
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For nearly the first 40 minutes of play, it appeared as though the Merrill and Wisconsin Rapids boys soccer teams were destined for a dramatic conclusion.

But with a goal minutes before and after halftime, the Raiders were able to get what they needed and held off a late Merrill push, as they secured a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Washington Field.

"Tonight was a good night for situational soccer," Rapids coach Derek Bell said. "Our plans didn't work the best, but we were able to take different paths to get the job done." ...

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