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Raiders girls' soccer team blanks Chippewa Falls

Hudson senior Haley Bouzard sends a left-footed cross in front of the net in the first half of the Raider girls' soccer team's Big Rivers Conference match against Chippewa Falls last Tuesday at the middle school field. Bouzard added a goal later in the game to help the Raiders to a 4-0 victory. Photo by Bob Burrows

The Raider girls' soccer team moved one game over .500 and into fourth place in the big Rivers Conference standings with a 4-0 shutout victory over Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, May 1 at the middle school field.

The win gives the Raiders a record of 3-2-1 heading into games this week at BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial (6-0-0) Tuesday, May 8 and Menomonie (0-6-1) Thursday, May 10. Tuesday, May 15, they head to River Falls (5-1-1) for the Wildcats' Kickin' Cancer game at 5 p.m.

Last Tuesday the Raiders celebrated Senior Night at the middle school field, honoring four-year players Molli Bichrt, Haley Bouzard, Jordann Costello, Emily Annen, Cassie Wurm, Meredith Howard, Alyssa Claflin, Megan Nelson and McKenzie Buck at halftime.

The seniors played a key role in the victory as Buck and Bouzard each scored first-half goals and Claflin contributed three assists while goalkeeper Nelson finished with six saves to record her first shutout of the season.

Junior Kristin Sobottka and sophomore Alexa Haines added goals in the second half scored in the second half as the Raiders outshot the Cardinals, (1-4-1) 29-6.

"I was happy with how we finished and see improvement there, but I think what was really exciting was that we kept the zero on the board," Raider head coach Ali Knutson said. "We had not done that yet this year."

Knutson said she's asked a lot of her team as far as playing different positions and substituting in at key times, and she's impressed with how the girls have responded.

"They can handle it, they adjust and do what needs to be done for the team," she said. "I think if we keep working we will continue to get better."

Last Saturday the Raiders sent their JV1 team to Somerset to take on a Spartan varsity squad that was missing some of its key players. The young Raiders responded by defeating the Spartans, 4-0.

After a scoreless first half, freshman forward Maggie Koehler opened the second half with a pure hat trick to give Hudson a 3-0 lead. Another freshman, forward Ashley Hall, added a goal late in the game to make the final 4-0.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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