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Girls Soccer: Raider booters earn No. 4 seed

Hudson's Marly Johnston (8) heads the ball past a helpless Chippewa Falls goalkeeper for the Raider's second goal of the game in their 2-0 victory over the Cardinals Thursday, May 24, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Hudson's Maddi Danielson (23) finds room to maneuver before firing a shot on goal in the first half of the Raider's 3-0 victory over Chippewa Falls Thursday, May 24, in Hudson. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The only thing that stopped the Raider girls soccer team against Chippewa Falls Thursday night, May 24, was the weather.

The Raiders gained control early and scored three beautiful goals before thunder and lightening put an end to the game midway through the second half.

The 3-0 victory over the Cardinals came two days after a 4-1 road loss to Big Rivers Conference champion Eau Claire Memorial in Eau Claire and left Hudson with a final regular season record of 10-7-1, and in third place in the BRC. The Raiders earned the No. 4 seed for the WIAA postseason and will open the playoffs at home against No. 5 Eau Claire North Thursday, May 31, at 2 p.m. The winner will most likely face top-seeded Eau Claire Memorial in a regional final Saturday, June 2.

Last Thursday at home against Chippewa Falls, Cam Masini found Liz Collinson streaking down the middle of the field and Collinson went in all alone on the Cardinal goalkeeper before calmly depositing the ball into the corner of the net for the first goal of the game.

Less than ten minutes later, Maddi Danielson played a cross into Marly Johnston and Johnston headed the ball past the stunned Cardinal keeper for a 2-0 lead.

Hudson's third goal came on a similar cross that Masini ran on to and knocked into the net before the storms came and the game was called.

Two nights earlier at Eau Claire Memorial, the Old Abes got a breakaway goal less than five minutes in, and added another just before the break to take a 2-0 lead.

Collinson cut the deficit in half with a beautiful, unassisted, left-footed shot to start the second half but Memorial struck again a few minutes later and added a goal off a free kick in the 70th minute to close out the scoring.

Memorial will take on eighth-seeded Superior Thursday then host the winner of Thursday's game between the Raiders and Huskies on Saturday, June 2. The other first round matchups in the bracket include No. 3 Stevens Point hosting No. 6 Wausau West, and No. 2 D.C. Everest hosting No. 7 Chippewa Falls.

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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