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Raider soccer wins, loses and draws

Hudson senior captain Rocky Harmon uses some fancy footwork to keep the ball away from an Eau Claire North defender in the first half of the Raiders' 5-1 win over the Huskies last Tuesday at the middle school field.

After a 5-1 victory over Eau Claire North at home last Tuesday, the Raider boys' soccer team found the going a little tougher later in the week on the other side of the river.

Hudson was outshot 23-6 in a 3-0 loss at Stillwater last Thursday and played better Saturday in Apple Valley but came away with a 0-0 tie.

The Raiders, now 5-1-0 in Big Rivers Conference play, 9-4-2 overall, will visit Rice Lake (0-6-1, 2-9-1) this Thursday, Sept. 20, before hosting Tartan in a nonconference game Saturday at 1 p.m.

This Tuesday, Sept. 25, Hudson will host BRC leader Eau Claire Memorial (7-0-0, 11-2-1) at 7 p.m. at the middle school field. The Old Abes handed the Raiders their only conference loss of the season, 2-0, back on Aug. 30.

Last Tuesday, Sept. 11, against Eau Claire North, Henry Brose had a hat trick and Caleb Ondrusik and Ben Klundt added a goal apiece in a 5-1 Raider victory.

Brose opened the scoring in the 15th minute on a great individual effort after stealing the ball from a Husky defender and beating the goalkeeper with a shot to the far post.

The Raiders controlled play from the start and had numerous opportunities to add to their lead but were whistled for offside 12 times in the first half. A misplayed ball led to a Husky goal just before halftime and the two teams went into the break knotted at 1-1.

Hudson showed more discipline in the second half and cruised to the 5-1 victory.

Raider coach Steve Sollom said Thursday's game at Stillwater was a "wake-up call."

Hudson allowed a goal five minutes in and another just one minute later on a corner kick with a Stillwater player wide open. The Ponies added another goal at the 25 minute mark to take a 3-0 halftime lead.

"They did a great job attacking the flanks and crossing balls in, and we didn't respond well," Sollom said. "We regrouped at half and played better, but we couldn't get on the board to make it a game again.

"Since we had just traveled with the Stillwater team and know them pretty well, it was both disappointing and embarrassing to lose so handily to them," the coach added.

Saturday, Raider goalkeeper Steph Smith came up with some nice saves as the Raiders and Eastview battled to a 0-0 tie.

"The primary objective was to shore up our defense and play sound positional soccer," Sollom said. "It was an even match, and more physical than any game we've had recently."

Hudson held a 15-12 shots advantage in the game.

Sollom said he hopes his team learned some lessons from their two-game swing through Minnesota.

"Hopefully, we are learning that we can play with anybody if we play disciplined soccer," he said.

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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