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Soccer: Big week for Raider booters

Hudson's Kolton Prater (21) beats two North St. Paul players near midfield in the first half of the Raider boys' soccer team's 2-1 loss to the Polars Saturday, Sept 29, at Raider Stadium. 1 / 2
Hudson's Ryan Moothedan (5) has his shot deflected by North St. Paul's Zachary Wayne in the first half of the Raider boys' soccer team's non conference match with the Polars Saturday, Sept. 29, at Raider Stadium. Moothedan score Hudson's only goal in a 2-1 loss. Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

The race for the Big Rivers Conference boys' soccer title could be a lot clearer, or a lot more muddled, by the end of the week.

Hudson continued to roll through BRC play with a 9-0 victory over Menomonie Thursday, Sept. 27, at Raider Stadium to improve to 7-0 in conference play, one game ahead of 6-1 Eau Claire Memorial. The Raiders can put some distance between themselves and the rest of the conference this week when they visit third place Rice Lake (6-2) Tuesday, Oct. 2, and host the second place Old Abes Thursday, Oct. 4. Hudson handed Eau Claire Memorial its only conference loss, 1-0, Sept. 11 in Eau Claire.

After opening last week with a 3-0 non conference victory at New Richmond Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Raiders scored a season-high nine goals in Thursday's victory over ten Mustangs.

Kolton Prater, Conner Johnson and Chase McArthur scored two goals each while Korey Denning and Jared Biederman faced just two shots while combining for the shutout.

"They are an improved team but we played very well," Raider coach Steve Sollom said about Menomonie. "We don't keep time of possession but if we did I think we had the ball about 90 percent of the time."

Saturday, Sept. 29, the Raiders returned to their tough non conference schedule and dropped a 2-1 decision to Minnesota's Metro East Conference co-leader North St. Paul.

Ryan Moothedan knocked home a rebound midway through the first half to give Hudson a 1-0 lead, but the Polars scored on a penalty kick to tie the game then got the game-winner with Hudson a man down late.

"The second half was back and forth and then they got that huge penalty kick call and tied the game," Sollom noted. "We had a player given a red card for what the official said was faking a foul, so we played a man short the remainder of the game."

Thursday's showdown with Eau Claire Memorial kicks off at 7 p.m. at the high school's Raider Stadium. Hudson will wrap up the regular season next week at home against Eau Claire North Monday, Oct. 8, at Chippewa Falls Tuesday, Oct. 9 and home against River Falls Thursday, Oct. 11.

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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