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Raider soccer shot down by Memorial

Hudson senior goalkeeper Jimmy Setzer stretches to get a hand on the ball and disrupt an Eau Claire Memorial corner kick in Saturday's sectional final soccer game in Chippewa Falls. Photo by Keith Crowley

The Raider soccer team was dealt a blow before Saturday's sectional final game against Eau Claire Memorial when senior midfielder Mackenzie Lund was forced to miss the game with the flu.

Things didn't get any easier when junior midfielder JC Tantalean and sophomore defender Ian Hey went down with injuries in the first half.

Despite the setbacks, the second-seeded Raiders gave top-seed Eau Claire Memorial all it could handle before coming out on the short end of a 2-1 score at Dorais Field in Chippewa Falls. The Old Abes snapped a 1-1 tie with a penalty kick goal with just over 15 minutes remaining to earn their second straight WIAA state tournament berth.

"I thought we responded well to the adversity the game presented us," Hudson head coach Chuck Bublitz said. "It was a tough penalty kick call, but we picked ourselves up and fought hard for the remainder of the game."

Hudson took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute when David Nettleton chested the ball and rifled a shot past Old Abe goalkeeper Elek Lane. Chris Berglund and John Tjornehoj assisted.

"Another great, clutch goal from David Nettleton," Bublitz said. "Perfectly timed and perfectly struck."

Memorial tied it up in the 21st minute on a header by Seth Larson. Hudson's Ben Markowski kept the score tied at halftime when he headed a ball off the goal line just before the break.

The score remained tied until the 64th minute when the Raiders were whistled for tripping inside the 18-yard penalty box. Neil Klingensmith stepped up and made the penalty kick to give Memorial a lead it would hold onto for the final 15 minutes.

Bublitz said the Raiders played tough against the aggressive Memorial forwards.

"Chris Berglund played perhaps his best game of the year," he said. "He was extremely strong going into tackles and recovered well. Our midfield fought extremely hard. It was very physical in the center of the field and Noah Harmon, Nick Lund and Lars Bichrt carried us there."

Raider goalkeeper Jimmy Setzer was credited with just one save, but made several key interventions on crosses and long balls.

"Jimmy Setzer really picked his game up in the second half," Bublitz noted.

The game marked the third time the Raiders and Old Abes have met this season. They played to a 1-1 tie in the season opener Aug. 25 in Eau Claire before the Old Abes won 2-1 Sept. 17 in Hudson. Memorial will face DePere in a WIAA state quarterfinal game Thursday at noon at Uihlein Soccer Park In Milwaukee.

Hudson reached Saturday's sectional final with a 1-0 win over D.C. Everest Thursday at the middle school field. Nick Lund scored the only goal of the game in the first half while Setzer recorded the shutout in goal.

Hudson finished the season with a record of 16-6-4.

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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