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Soccer rocks RL, falls to ECM

Raider junior Cavan Denning (6) beats a Rice Lake defender down the sideline in the first half of Hudson's 8-0 win over the Warriors last Thursday at the middle school field.

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.

The Raiders, now 2-1-0 in Big Rivers Conference play, 6-2-0 overall, hosted Chippewa Falls (0-3-0, 2-3-1) this past Tuesday and will visit River Falls (2-1-0, 7-1-0) Thursday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. Hudson will head across the state to compete in the Brookfield East Invitational this Friday and Saturday.

Last Tuesday at home against Rice Lake, the Raiders scored on their first four shots of the game and led 6-0 at halftime on their way to an 8-0 victory.

Alex Schnobrich scored the first of his three goals just 20 seconds into the contest to give Hudson a quick 1-0 lead. Henry Brose followed three minutes later and Schnobrich knocked home a cross from Caleb Ondrusik at the five minute mark before Ondrusik made it a 4-0 game 7 minutes, 34 seconds in.

In addition to Schnobrich's hat trick, Ondrusik tallied two goals in the game, Brose and Rocky Harmon had a goal and two assists each, Brendan Wulf scored a goal and Brendan Kirk picked up an assist.

Goalkeeper Steph Smith earned the shutout as the Raiders outshot the Warriors 28-3.

"They've got a young team and are rebuilding," Raider coach Steve Sollom said. "We tried to jump on them early and often and really executed well."

Thursday in Eau Claire, the Raiders couldn't capitalize on a couple of scoring opportunities and the Old Abes took advantage of theirs in a 2-0 Eau Claire Memorial win.

"The Eau Claire Memorial game was pretty even," Sollom said. "We had the better of it the first half, and I think with a little luck would have been up 1-0 at half instead of 0-0. They had the better of the second half, and scored on a really good, lucky shot off a turnover in our end. We had a couple of opportunities to tie it, but didn't execute. We took some chances late, and they scored their second goal with just over a minute left, which can happen when trying to take some offensive chances."

Memorial (4-0-0, 6-0-1) outshot the Raiders 10-4 but Sollom said Hudson had the two best opportunities to score. He said he was more disappointed with how the Raiders lost than the loss itself.

"Our pregame was awful, our attitudes were bad, our effort, our poise -- we just didn't come ready to play a big game," the coach said. "We have a much better team than we showed up with on that particular day, and although I'm sure Eau Claire Memorial had something to do with that, we can play better."

Sollom said Memorial played a very physical game.

"Also, it seems we lose steam in the second half of games, and I thought Memorial outworked us in the second half, which obviously we need to address," he said.

Hudson started out last week by posting a 4-2 nonconference victory over Woodbury.

Schnobrich had a pair of goals, Harmon had a goal and two assists and Brose netted a goal as the Raiders outshot Woodbury, 12-5.

They've got a strong program so it was good to get tested before Thursday's game with Memorial," Sollom noted. "It was a good win for us against a quality opponent."