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Raider booters on a roll

Hudson's girls' soccer team has had no problem putting the ball in the net recently.

The Raiders posted their second and third straight shutouts, in dominating fashion, by blanking Eau Claire North 6-0 Tuesday, April 16, and routing Superior 10-0 Thursday, April 18. Hudson has outscored its opponents 19-0 in its last three games while improving to 5-1-0 on the season.

Raider coach Steve Sollom said the Raiders struck early in both road games last week.

"The two games were similar in that we got on the board early and took any thoughts away of an upset for the home team," he said. "Against Eau Claire North we had a goal in the first 4 minutes, and Superior it was 2 minutes in. The girls were ready to play right from the start."

Liz Collinson scored the early goal at Eau Claire and tacked on two more in the second half to register a hat trick while Sydney Spencer, Stella Duffee and Carley Tewinkel had a goal apiece. Duffee also had three assists in the win.

Sollom said the Raiders could have scored more after outshooting the Huskies 20-5.

"We created a ton of chances against but didn't score on enough of them.

Hudson did a better job of capitalizing on its chances Thursday at Superior, with Spencer getting the hat trick and Masini scoring twice to lead the way.

"We finished more of the chances we got, and did a much better job of directing shots and crosses and getting into positions to put them in," Sollom said. "We scored on three corner kicks during the game, including our first goal in the second minute, so it was good to see us execute."

Sollom said he also liked the way the defense has been playing recently.

"We haven't made defensive mistakes that give the other team chances as we have in the past," he said. "I think the key for the season will be how our defense plays in tougher games, as I think we will score a goal or two against anyone. Our speed up top is hard to defend and we just need to get a little better at timing our runs and where to play the ball in behind the defense and we will get even more chances."

The Raiders visited Menomonie this past Tuesday, April 23, and will host Rice Lake Thursday, April 25, before playing River Falls in a makeup game in River Falls Friday, April 26. The Raiders, Wildcats and Eau Claire Memorial enter the week tied for first place in the Big Rivers Conference at 3-0 each.

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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