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Athlete of the Week: Rapids' Liz Schulze

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Wisconsin Rapids girls soccer is 7-1 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference this season.  There have only been three goals allowed in the eight conference games, and a large reason is goalie Liz Schulze. She has started every game in WVC play. 

But even the best pitchers in baseball have to rely on their defense, and the Red Raiders defensive line makes Liz's job easier. 

"They work their tails off to try to limit the shots that she faces as much as possible," said Rapids coach Nathan Cleveland. "They communicate real well, the back line and Liz." 

"I know they're not going to give up on me, they're not going to walk around the field, they're going to give everything they've got," Schulze said. 

Liz and the defense has been so good this year, it allows the offense to be more aggressive, so they can do things that would leave other teams vulnerable.

"It's a boost, we have a lot more confidence moving up, certainly trying to get everybody in the attack, knowing that in a counter, it's not just a freak out session in the backfield," Cleveland said.  

And Liz is happy to reward the back line that helps her out so much. 

"The defense really likes to get up there and getting in some offense time," she said.

Liz has been so effective in her career that others have noticed as well. 

She will be going to Western Illinois next year… the first goalie out of Rapids to head to a division one school. 

"I got the call at the airport," Schulze said.  "My heart about sunk, I called my dad and I was crying, it was one of the best thing that's ever happened to me.  I was just so happy."

If she performs like this for the Fighting Leathernecks, they'll be happy as well. 

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