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Hudson soccer team posts first BRC win

Hudson junior Nicole Mara disrupts a crossing attempt by River Falls' Jenna Kizlik in the first half of the Raider girls' soccer team's 5-0 loss to the Wildcats last Thursday at the middle school field. Photo by Bob Burrows

Senior McKenzie Buck scored both Hudson goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to give the Raider girls' soccer team its first win of the season, 2-1, over Menomonie last Tuesday at the middle school field.

Two nights later, the Raiders dipped to 1-2 on the season following a 5-0 loss to Big Rivers Conference defending champion River Falls.

After hosting Rice Lake (0-3-0 BRC) this past Tuesday, April 24, the Raiders travel to Eau Claire North (2-0-1) Thursday, April 26, before returning home to host Chippewa Falls (1-2-1) Tuesday, May 1, at 7 p.m.

Last Tuesday at home against Menomonie, Buck gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead, then scored the game winner in overtime with an assist from freshman Maggie Koehler to give the Raiders their first BRC victory.

"I'm proud of how hard the girls worked and that they got the win," head coach Allie Knutson said. "We looked more dangerous in our attack tonight, which was good to see; though we still have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be."

Knutson said senior goalkeeper Megan Nelson played another strong game, with the Raiders controlling much of the play.

"She didn't see the ball much," Knutson said. "Unfortunately we gave up several free kicks in our defensive third, leading to Menomonie's goal off a set piece.

Thursday against River Falls, the defending BRC champs outshot the Raiders 18-3 on their way to a 5-0 victory.

"I honestly don't think we played as bad as it sounds," Knutson said. "I actually think a lot of the time we played pretty well. River Falls is, as usual, a good team though, and they capitalized on opportunities they had tonight and we did not."

Senior Haley Bouzard had the best scoring opportunity for Hudson, but her well-timed shot in the second half sailed just over the crossbar.

"I think on a different night we will put those away," Knutson said.

JV goes 2-0

The Raider girls' junior varsity soccer team defeated Menomonie, 2-0, and posted a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over River Falls last week.

Mariah Hallen and Kate Johnson had a goal each in the win over Menomonie, as the Raiders outshot the Mustangs, 36-1.

Thursday against River Falls, Mariah Kalmon scored a pair of goals three minutes apart in the final 10 minutes of the game to lift Hudson to a 2-1 victory.

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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