Hudson abandons national final 1-0 at Milwaukee Marquette – Twin Cities

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Hudson allowed just one perfectly placed goal early in the game, but that was all nationally-ranked Milwaukee Marquette needed.

Sean Dankert’s wind-assisted eighth-minute shot curved just past the diving effort of Hudson goalkeeper Lucas Biederman, and the Hilltoppers allowed the lone goal to take the win 1-0 in the WIAA Division 1 men’s soccer championship match on Saturday at Uihlein Soccer Park.

Marquette (23-1-1), ranked No.1 in the Wisconsin state soccer coaches poll and third nationally by the United Soccer Coaches Association, was undefeated against opponents from Wisconsin. The only flaws on the Hilltoppers’ record were a 2-1 loss to Palatine Fremd (Illinois) and a 1-1 tie with Chaminade (Mo.).

Hudson was playing in the championship game for the first time in 11 state tournaments.

“It’s an honor to be here and to be in the championship game,” said Hudson coach Steve Sollom, whose team lost to Marquette 3-0 in the semi-finals of the tournament. Status from last season. “But, if you’re going to lose, you want to lose to the team that you think is the best team. And, in my mind, there is no doubt that for the past two years Marquette has been the best team in our state. If you want to be the best you have to play the best.

For the last 72 minutes, Hudson (17-3-2) remained within one rebound or one break of a tie for the Hilltoppers, who have won seven of the last eight state titles and 16 WIAA football championships in total. .

But Marquette’s stifling defense kept the Raiders without a shot on goal the entire game and just two shots total.

“They are well trained. Everyone is very technical with the ball, ”Hudson’s Darren Chukel said of Marquette. “They don’t make too many mistakes, and when they do, they catch up defensively. … They are extremely fast and every player understands where he needs to be, when he needs to be there. They read the game so well.

After being bottled up in the first half, the Raiders took advantage of the wind to put pressure on the Hilltoppers but couldn’t make it a score. With seven minutes to go, Brett Hauser’s direct shot from around 30 yards went just over the crossbar.

Biederman kept Hudson within one goal with a sensational diving save at the right post in the 70th minute.

Marquette has allowed just 10 goals all season and has won 12 of his last 13 shutout games, including the last eight.

Dankert gave the Hilltoppers the lead 1-0 when he recovered a pass from Joey Sikorski just outside the left post and just beyond the 18-yard penalty area. Moving away from goal and towards the corner, Dankert repelled the left-footed shot just within reach of Biederman in the lower right corner.

“It barely came in,” Biederman said. “I pretty much covered the job. It was just a very well placed shot, and there was really nothing I could do about it. It was just a really good shot at a very tight angle.

Dankert didn’t expect the opening goal to be the game winner.

“I just saw the back post and no one in front of me and I just pulled him and hoped for the best and he came in,” he said. “I thought we were going to have a few more, but one goal is enough, I guess.”

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