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The Hudson girls soccer team had to do a little improvising to get its Big Rivers Conference game with Menomonie last Thursday. And the improvisation carried over once the game started.

The Raiders and Mustangs met on Hudson's turf practice field after the game was moved from Menomonie to Hudson due to unplayable conditions in Menomonie. But Hudson's Raider Stadium still had too much snow remaining on it from the weekend blizzard, resulting in the teams meeting on the snow-free practice field on the northwest corner of the high school campus.

Raider coach Steve Sollom said it was just great to get a game in.

"Our practice fields aren't really a legal venue for hosting games in terms of soccer dimensions," Sollom noted. "It's too narrow, but we made it work."

The Raiders also made it work from the opening kickoff, piling up 10 goals in a mercy-rule shutout victory. But Sollom said he felt the team lacked the discipline he expects to see this season.

"Menomonie is a young program so we expected to get a good result, but we wanted the girls to try to play the right way rather than just playing through balls for breakaways," he said. "We scored 10 goals but really missed a ton of opportunities, so we have to get more efficient because there will be games where we may only get a couple chances. I thought we played better in our 2-0 win last week, but given the circumstances of not practicing due to weather and where we played, there were a lot of good things."

Junior Savannah Jensen and freshman Stella Duffee had two goals and two assists each in the victory, and junior Cam Masini and sophomore Megan Brozak had a goal and assist each. Junior Annika Lewis, sophomore Emma Blank, sophomore Liz Collinson and freshman Lauren Chukel tallied one goal apiece.

Sollom said the Raiders tried several people at different positions throughout the game and learned a few things about potential lineup combinations.

"We also got a chance to see some players get their first varsity experience of the season, which is important for them going forward," he added.

The Raiders, now 2-0 on the season, visited Rice Lake Tuesday, April 24, and will return home to host Eau Claire Memorial Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. at the high school stadium.