Boys soccer off to good startThe Raider boys’ soccer team kicked off its season on a high note with victories over Onalaska and La Crosse Central last Tuesday, August 16. Hudson will open Big Rivers Conference action Thursday, Aug. 25, at Eau Claire Memorial.
By: Bob Burrows, Hudson Star-Observer
The Raider boys’ soccer team kicked off its season on a high note with victories over Onalaska and La Crosse Central last Tuesday, August 16.
After blanking Onalaska, 3-0, in the season opener at 3 p.m., the Raiders took a short trip south and came away with a 5-1 victory in a 6 p.m. game at La Crosse Central.
Hudson will open Big Rivers Conference action Thursday, Aug. 25, at Eau Claire Memorial before its home opener Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. against Stillwater.
The Raiders got off to a strong start at Onalaska and took a quick 1-0 lead on a beautiful header by Henry Brose off a free kick by Seth Blum six minutes in.
Brendan Kirk made it a 2-0 game with a goal in the 26th minute, assisted by Alex Schnobrich.
“Though he didn’t score any goals Alex Schnobrich was dangerous throughout the game, taking eight shots and nearly missing a number of goals,” Raider coach Chuck Bublitz said.
Bublitz said Kirk earned the Raiders’ Man of the Match award for his strong effort in midfield, working hard on defense, winning a number of balls and making intelligent plays when he had the ball at his feet.
Hudson struck early again at La Crosse Central when Micah Pederson scored off a cross from Brose in the opening minute.
“Brose was running down the left flank and found Micah on the back post with a driven cross rewarding Micah’s hard running to beat his man down the field,” Bublitz said.
Schnobrich made it a 2-0 game in the 14th minute with a powerful strike from just outside the penalty box.
“Ben Klundt played him the ball in a dangerous position and Alex crushed the ball into the net,” Bublitz said.
Rocky Harmon tallied two goals in the win and earned the Man of the Match award.
“He had a dominating game in midfield, tallying two goals and constantly dribbling by defenders and making dangerous passes all game long,” Bublitz said.
Bublitz said it was a good start to the season, but that Eau Claire Memorial and Stillwater will provide the Raiders with difficult tests in their upcoming games.
After opening at home against Stillwater Monday, the Raiders return to BRC play at Menomonie Tuesday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m. and at home against River Falls Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.