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Booters put together 2-2 week

Hudson goalkeeper Mykena Olson goes up high to make a save in the first half of the Raiders' 3-1 loss to the Old Abes Thursday, April 26, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Hudson's Savannah Jensen (5) beats Eau Claire Memorial's Gretchen Hanson to the ball near midfield in the first half of the Raiders' 3-1 loss to the Old Abes Thursday, April 26, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

Hudson's girls soccer team faced some tough early season tests last week, and came away with a record of 2-2 with both losses coming to state-ranked teams.

The Raiders dropped a 3-1 decision to defending Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial, currently ranked No. 3 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Division 1 poll, Thursday, April 26, and lost 2-0 to six-time defending state champion Waukesha Catholic Memorial, the No. 1 team in Division 3, at the Laura Moynihan Memorial Tournament hosted by Catholic Memorial Saturday, April 28.

The Raiders earned a 6-0 win at Rice Lake last Tuesday, April 24, and beat Cedarburg, 2-0, and Grafton, 2-1, to take third at the Laura Moynihan Memorial Tournament over the weekend.

Hudson, now 5-2 overall, entered this week's WSCA Division 1 poll ranked No. 9 in the state.

"They are a very balanced team this year," Hudson coach Steve Sollom said about the Old Abes. "We went against a strong wind the first half and they kept it in our end almost the entire time. They threatened numerous time but were unable to get a goal, and we made some great stops to keep it scoreless."

Memorial finally broke through in the 24th minute and added another goal four minutes later before the Raiders got on the board midway through the second half when Marly Johnston headed in a corner kick from Maddie Danielson. But that's as close as Hudson could get and Memorial added a goal with 10 minutes remaining to make the final 3-1.

The Raiders also played at the Laura Moynihan Memorial Tournament Friday in Milwaukee, earning a 2-0 win over Cedarburg. Cam Masini had a hand in both goals, stealing a pass and slotting it to Maggie Lorentson in the 20th minute, and ramming home a cross from Liz Collinson 10 minutes later.

"The second half we were in our end a lot but we managed the game and kept it from being dangerous in front of our own goal," Sollom said.

Saturday morning, the Raiders faced host Catholic Memorial, who was coming off a 10-0 win the night before, in the tournament semifinals and played well in a 2-0 loss.

"Although we lost, I think we will learn a lot when we watch tape from this game," Sollom said. "Catholic Memorial really wasn't that much better than we were, but they do all the little things right and don't beat themselves"

The Raiders wrapped up third place with a 2-1 victory over the sixth-ranked team in Division 2, Grafton. Collinson scored off a corner kick seven minutes in and Savannah Jensen made it 2-0 on a breakaway pass from Stella Duffee 10 minutes later.

Grafton got it back to 2-1 just a few minutes later on a header to make it closer than it needed to be, Sollom said. "Both teams subbed a lot in the second half and I thought our reserves did really well when called upon."

The Raiders will play five games in a span of eight days beginning with BRC matches at Chippewa Falls Tuesday, May 1, and home against River Falls Thursday, May 3. They will face Kimberly and D.C. Everest Friday and Saturday, May 4-5 at UW-Eau Claire's Bollinger Fields before a makeup game at River Falls Monday, May 7.

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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