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Raider soccer gets a game in

The Hudson Raider girls' soccer team (dark jerseys) finally got outside last Tuesday, April 16 when it played its first game on the artificial turf of Pug Lund Field in Rice Lake. Submitted photo

The Raider girls' soccer team finally ventured outside last Tuesday, April 16, not to practice, but to play its first game.

The game was a Big Rivers Conference contest at that, at Rice Lake, and the Warriors scored the only goal of the second half to escape with a 2-1 victory.

The game was originally scheduled to be played in Hudson at the middle school field, but was switched to Rice Lake to take advantage of the artificial turf at Pug Lund Field. The Warriors already had four games under their belts and came into last Tuesday's contest with a record of 2-1-1.

"A frustrating loss on top of a frustrating start to the season, but the girls' play looked good," Raider head coach Allie Knutson said. "There is a lot to improve upon, but I think given the circumstances, that is to be expected."

Rice Lake took a 1-0 lead early in the game before the Raiders tied it with a goal late in the first half.

"It started with a great ball from Hannah Wirth out of the back, up to Kristin Sobottka and Maggie Koehler finished it," Knutson said.

The Warriors scored midway through the second half and held off the Raiders for the 2-1 victory.

The Raiders have already had eight games canceled or postponed, including this past Monday's home game against New Richmond that was scheduled to be played in the memory of former Raider Jordan Costello. This past Tuesday's contest against Chippewa Falls, originally scheduled for the middle school, was moved to Chippewa Falls to take advantage of the artificial turf at Dorais Field.

Weather permitting, the Raiders are scheduled to play at River Falls Thursday, April 25, at 5 p.m., and at the Onalaska Quad this Saturday, April 27. They have a home game scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. against Eau Claire North.

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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