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Boys' soccer: Raiders get win, wash out

After playing eight matches in the previous two weeks, the Raider boys' soccer team only got one match in last week, but it was a winner with an 8-2 victory at River Falls Tuesday, Sept. 18.

Last Thursday's home match with Eau Claire North was rained out and will be made up Monday, Oct. 8. That means the Raiders will have a full week off before returning to action Tuesday, Sept. 25, at New Richmond.

Tuesday at River Falls, Conner Johnson tallied a hat trick to help the Raiders remain unbeaten in Big Rivers Conference play at 6-0.

It took awhile for Hudson to get going, but once they did they were off to the races.

"We got off to a slow start, which seems to be the case a lot lately," head coach Steve Sollom noted. "We moved the ball too slowly and couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with our chances."

Johnson finally got the Raiders on the board 15 minutes in when he took a pass from Kolton Prater and slotted it past the Wildcat goalkeeper. Luke Johnson scored on a header off a corner kick a short time later and Prater found paydirt on a free kick and Hudson's lead went from 1-0 to 3-0 within a minute.

Conner Johnson scored from long range to start the second half and the teams traded penalty kick goals before Chase McArthur hit a left-footed bullet to extend Hudson's lead to 6-1.

After a River Falls goal off a free kick, Conner Johnson netted his third goal of the game and Luke Bekemeyer intercepted a goalkeeper's pass and tapped it into an open net to make the final 8-2.

Sollom said he wasn't happy with the Raiders' start, but he liked the way they finished.

"I wasn't impressed with our play the first half, even though we led 3-0," he said. "But the second half we really moved the ball well and controlled the game."

Following the Tuesday, Sept. 25 nonconference match at New Richmond, the Raiders, now 7-6 overall, return to BRC action Thursday, Sept. 27, at home against Menomonie at 7 p.m. They will host North St. Paul in a nonconference match Saturday, Sept. 29, at noon.

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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