Raider girls earn share of Big Rivers soccer title, have home playoff game Thursday
The Raider girls soccer team clinched a share of its first Big Rivers Conference title in emphatic fashion last week by posting a pair of road victories – 3-1 Tuesday over River Falls and 6-0 Thursday at Eau Claire North.
The Raiders ended the regular season with a conference mark of 11-1, tied with Eau Claire Memorial for the BRC championship. Hudson’s last conference title came in 2002 when it also shared the honor with the Old Abes.
The Raiders, 17-2-1 overall, were handed the No. 4 seed in the eight-team WIAA Division 1 bracket and will open regional play this Thursday at 5 p.m. against No. 5 Wausau West at the middle school field. The winner will face either top-seeded D.C. Everest or No. 8 Superior in the regional final Saturday, June 7, at the home of the higher seed.
Last Tuesday at River Falls, senior co-captain Alexa Haines scored one goal and assisted on two others by Maggie Koehler to lead the Raiders to a 3-1 victory.
Haines beat the Wildcat goalie one-on-one to give Hudson an early 1-0 lead, then made a sliding cross just before the end line to Koehler, who sent a shot from up close into the back of the net for a 2-0 Raider lead.
The pair hooked up again in the second half for Koehler’s second goal of the game to make the final 3-1.
“This could have easily been a trap game for us,” head coach John Knutson said. “Being tied with Eau Claire Memorial for the conference lead, our girls have been very confident. Sometimes at practice and before games that translates into being a little too casual for my tastes. Just because we've beaten River Falls earlier in the year didn't mean this win would be easy.”
Thursday at Eau Claire North, Kate Sanocki had two goals and two assists and Koehler had two goals and one assist while Emily Briske recorded the shutout in a 6-0 Raider victory.
Koehler started the scoring in the 12th minute with an assist from Sanocki before Haines scored her team-leading 22nd goal of the season off another Sanocki assist. Emily Ryder scored an unassisted goal in the 25th minute to give the Raiders a 3-0 halftime lead.
Hudson picked right up where it left off in the second half with Sanocki scoring two quick goals off assists from Koehler and senior co-captain Lauren Berglund. Koehler made the final 6-0 with her 16th goal of the season, assisted by Ashley Hall, with less than four minutes remaining.
The Raiders outshot the Huskies, 13-4.