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Booters run win streak to four

Raider midfielder Mackenzie Lund (5) fakes out a River Falls defender in the first half of their Big Rivers Conference soccer showdown last Tuesday at the middle school field. Lund had two assists to help the Raiders break a 1-1 halftime tie and go on to a 5-1 victory. Photo by Bob Burrows

Since a season-opening tie against Eau Claire Memorial back on Aug. 25, the Raider boys' soccer team has reeled off four straight wins, including a 3-0 victory over Eastview, Minn., Saturday, the first Hudson win over Eastview in three years.

In Big Rivers Conference play earlier in the week the Raiders erupted for four goals in the second half to defeat River Falls, 5-1, last Tuesday, and posted a 4-0 victory at Rice Lake Thursday.

Hudson, now 3-0-1 in the BRC, 4-0-1 overall, hosted Eau Claire North (3-0-0) Tuesday night and will visit Chippewa Falls (3-1-0 BRC, 4-1-0 overall) Thursday, Sept. 10 before traveling to Madison West for a nonconference game on Saturday, Sept. 12. Monday they return home for another nonconference game against Stillwater at 7 p.m. at the middle school field.

The Raiders trailed just once in their three games last week when River Falls came out strong and scored the first goal of the game off the foot of Austin Saari less than four minutes into last Tuesday's BRC match.

Hudson responded at the 22 minute mark when Andy Harmon found the back of the net, assisted by Nick Lund, and the score remained tied, 1-1, at halftime.

The Raiders dominated the second half and scored four times to post the 5-1 won. John Tjornehoj finished with two goals and an assist and Mackenzie Lund added two assists while Harmon finished with a goal and assist to earn Man of the Match honors.

Thursday at Rice Lake, the Raiders were bolstered by the return of senior captain Noah Harmon and received strong defensive efforts from center backs Ben Markowski and Lars Bichrt in front of goalkeeper David Nanda, in a 4-0 win over the Warriors.

David Nettleton had two goals in the win while Andy Harmon tallied a goal and an assist while Nick Lund had a goal and two assists. Goalkeeper Nanda earned Man of the Match honors.

After back-to-back 1-0 losses to Eastview the last two years, the Raiders came out strong in front of a big Saturday crowd and posted a 3-0 victory.

Nettleton and Noah Harmon gave Hudson a 2-0 first half lead while Nanda preserved the shut out with a full extension dive to make a save off a scramble in front on an Eastview corner kick.

Markowski and Bichrt made sure Nanda didn't have to work any harder, routinely denying the opposition any chance to build an attack. Mackenzie Lund and Nettleton shared Man of the Match honors for their tireless work at midfield.

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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