The Raider boys’ soccer team posted a 1-0 victory over Wausau East Thursday night, Oct. 18, to advance to the WIAA Division 1 sectional final Saturday, Oct. 20, against Eau Claire Memorial.
Hudson (19-4-2), the No. 2 seed in the 16-team bracket, and the top-seeded Old Abes (20-2-1) will meet for a berth in the state tournament at 2 p.m. at Chippewa Falls High School’s Dorais Field.
After blowing out Superior, 10-0, in their WIAA regional semifinal last Tuesday, the Raider boys’ soccer team played what head coach Steve Sollom called, “the worst 20 minutes of soccer we've had all season,” in Thursday’s regional final against Menomonie.
Second-seeded Hudson breezed to a 10-0 victory over No. 15 Superior while No. 4 River Falls needed a shootout to earn a victory over No. 13 Wausau West in WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal action Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The Wildcats had to come from behind to force a 1-1 tie with Wausau West before winning the shootout, 5-3.
After a 5-1 victory over Eau Claire North at home last Tuesday, the Raider boys’ soccer team found the going a little tougher later in the week on the other side of the river.
Hudson was outshot 23-6 in a 3-0 loss at Stillwater last Thursday and played better Saturday in Apple Valley but came away with a 0-0 tie.
After erupting for eight goals in a shutout victory over Rice Lake last Tuesday, the Raider soccer team couldn’t find the back of the net in a battle of the last two undefeated teams in the conference Thursday at Eau Claire Memorial, falling to the Old Abes, 2-0.
“We make it fun and the kids really enjoy it. That’s what the key is,” said Hudson varsity boys’ soccer head coach Steve Sollom. Sollom and varsity girls’ head coach Allie Knutson played large roles in running the Sidekicks Youth Clinic last week at the Hudson Soccer Complex.
The Hudson Sidekicks Booster Club is hosting a pair of soccer clinics in July: One for boys and girls entering grades K-6 and the other for players going into grades 7-12. Deadline to register for both clinics is July 1.
Saturday, June 2, the No. 7 seed Raiders traveled to second-seeded D.C. Everest for the regional final, and after a scoreless first half, found themselves on the short end of a 3-0 score, ending their season with a record of 7-6-1.
Despite dominating play most of the night, and outshooting Eau Claire North, 20-6, the Raider girls’ soccer team came out on the short end of a 1-0 decision to the Huskies last Tuesday night at the middle school field.
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