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Raider girls remain unbeaten in Big Rivers soccer

Hudson junior Kate Sanocki takes one of the Raiders’ 36 shots in their 2-1 victory over Rice Lake last Tuesday in Rice Lake. The victory improved the Raiders’ record to 2-0 in Big Rivers Conference play, 5-1 overall. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Hudson junior Maggie Koehler tries to settle the ball in front of a Rice Lake defender in the Raiders’ 2-1 victory over the Warriors last Tuesday night in Rice Lake. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Senior co-captain Alexa Haines scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season with just over five minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Raider girls soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Rice Lake in a Big Rivers Conference match at Rice Lake last Tuesday night, April 22.

The win moved the Raiders to 2-0 in BRC play, 5-1 overall. Last Thursday’s scheduled home game against Eau Claire Memorial was rained out and will be made up Friday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at the middle school field.

Raider senior Kari Eichstadt opened the scoring in the 25th minute last Tuesday at Rice Lake when she took a ball at the top of the box and blasted a shot past the Warrior goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.

Despite outshooting the Warriors 36-4 in the game, the Raiders were still clinging to a 1-0 lead midway through the second half when a Hudson foul resulted in a Rice Lake free kick just outside the box. Rice Lake’s Emma Nielsen sent her shot over the wall of Raider defenders and just out of reach of Hudson goalkeeper Emily Briske to tie the score, 1-1.

Hudson coach John Knutson said he was disappointed with the foul that resulted in the tying goal.

“Our team needs to be more disciplined,” he said. “Creating a foul near the goal box like we did gave the Warriors a chance to score and they did just that, allowing them to get back into a game in which they were being dominated by the statistics. That goal changed the momentum of the game and gave Rice Lake some hope. The good news for us is that our team is pretty resilient.”

That resiliency paid off when Haines continued her torrid scoring pace by netting her tenth goal in six games to give the Raiders the win.

Knutson said he was proud of how many opportunities the Raiders generated offensively, and that the defensive backfield also played well. Hudson has scored 19 goals and allowed just six while starting the season 5-1. Their only blemish was a 4-1 loss to defending sectional champion D.C. Everest at the Evergreens season-opening tournament in Wausau.

Hudson returned to action this past Tuesday night in Chippewa Falls and will host River Falls this Thursday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the middle school. They play a pair of nonconference games at the Onalaska Quad on Saturday, May 3, and host Amery in a nonconference game Monday, May 5, before hosting Eau Claire North Tuesday, May 6, both at 7 p.m.

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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