Booters win regional title
After playing one of its best games of the year in a 7-0 win over Chippewa Falls in its WIAA regional semifinal Thursday, June 1, and defeating D.C. Everest, 2-1, in the regional final Saturday, June 3, the hill gets a little steeper for the Raider girls soccer team as it moves into the sectional round.
The second-seeded Raiders and top-seed Old Abes will square off for the third time this season in a sectional semifinal Thursday, June 8 in Eau Claire. Hudson brings a record of 17-7-1 into the match while Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial is 19-3-1 and ranked No. 8 in the state.
Raider coach Steve Sollom said bring them on.
"They have beaten us twice in conference this year and present some challenges offensively, but I think we're playing pretty good soccer right now and I like our chances."
The Raiders clicked on all cylinders in their regional semifinal win over Chippewa Falls June 1, jumping on the board two minutes into the match when Emma Richert found Mady Haines for a breakaway. Camryn Masini set up Catie Woodley for a goal two minutes later and the rout was on as Hudson scored six times in the first half.
"We were ready and moved the ball quickly and got off to a good start right away," Sollom said. "More importantly we were able to play all 24 players and keep people rested for our Saturday match."
Saturday's regional final with D.C. Everest was a tighter match but the Raiders controlled play early and got a goal five minutes in when Masini sprung Haines for a breakaway.
The Evergreens answered four minutes later with a rocket from just inside the box by standout freshman Maddie Simpson, but Hudson took the lead back in the 38th minute on what Sollom described as one of the prettiest goals of the year by Haines.
"She hit it off the outside of her foot and chipped it over the keeper for the game winner." he said.
"The second half DCE poured it on and put numbers forward trying to tie it," Sollom added. "We stayed organized so they didn't get any great chances, but we didn't really do much besides defend most of the half. We managed to hang on and run out the clock for the win."
Sollom called it a good win for the program, noting that D.C. Everest has ended the Raider's season in the playoffs two of the last three years.
The winner of the sectional semifinal between Hudson and Eau Claire Memorial will play either Bay Port (21-2-1) or Appleton North (15-5-2) in the sectional championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at D.C. Everest with a berth at state on the line.