Raider soccer tops Onalaska QuadHudson’s girls’ soccer team dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference games last week, but bounced back to go 2-0 at the Onalaska Quadrangular on Saturday, April 30.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
Hudson’s girls’ soccer team dropped a pair of Big Rivers Conference games last week, but bounced back to go 2-0 at the Onalaska Quadrangular on Saturday, April 30.
The Raiders lost 3-0 at Eau Claire North last Tuesday, April 26 and were edged by Chippewa Falls, 1-0, Thursday on the Cardinals’ home field. Saturday they defeated the host Onalaska team, 2-1, before dominating Eau Claire Regis, 4-0, to capture the top spot at the Onalaska Quad.
Hudson outshot Eau Claire Regis 52-1 and only let Regis cross midfield four times all afternoon.
“This game was a complete effort,” head coach John Knutson said. “We have outshot our opponents in almost every game this season but not by this great of a margin.”
Hudson got a pair of goals from Alyssa Claflin and one each from Marisa Van Ness and Haley Bouzard, all in the second half, to record their highest single-game goal total of the season.
“Outshooting Regis 52 to 1 during the game was spectacular,” Knutson said. “The girls played hard and I’m always proud of their effort.”
Earlier in the day, in a cold rain that has become common this spring, senior captain Paige Ommen scored a pair of goals as the Raiders defeated Onalaska, 2-1. Hudson finished the tournament with a 2-0 record while River Falls and Eau Claire Regis each went 1-1 and Onalaska finished 0-2.
The two wins improved the Raiders’ overall record to 3-4-1 heading into games this week at Baldwin-Woodville Tuesday, May 3 and home for just the second time this season against Eau Claire Memorial on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m.
Last week the Raiders slipped to 1-4-1 in BRC play with losses at Eau Claire North and Chippewa Falls.
“The North game was another typical game for us where we outshot our opponent but couldn’t find the back of the net,” Knutson said. “It was a disappointing game in which Eau Claire North only had five shots all day, four were on the net, and three went in for goals. We have to give a much better effort in not allowing opponents that kind of percentage of success.”
Thursday on the artificial turf of Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls, the Cardinals scored the only goal of the game off a deflection of a free kick with under three minutes remaining to escape with a 1-0 victory.
“We dominated the time of possession and shots on goal again and played hard the whole game,” Knutson said. “It was unfortunate that we committed a foul just on top of the penalty box which allowed the Cardinals to take a direct free kick so late in the game.”
The hard shot was stopped by Raider goalkeeper Tessa Bakken but the rebound bounced directly to a Chippewa Falls player who quickly put it past Bakken and the Raider defense for the only goal of the game.