Soccer: Huron kicks off season Thursday with high expectations

Coach Lee Hudson takes over the Huron soccer club but while he’s new to the River Rats, he’s not new to the great game of soccer. He has been a fully licensed professional youth soccer coach for 12 years. So he knows the game. And he knows what he likes – and what he likes is the team he will put on the field in 2017.

“I believe our varsity squad can win the SEC outright this year and even go on to win our District,” said Hudson. “I’m extremely proud of the team we have put together this year and I honestly think the style and brand of soccer we play is not only good on the eye, but entertaining.”

The River Rats were both good and entertaining last year, posting a 9-3-3 record and reaching a District final. Huron lost to Pioneer in a shootout in the District championship game.

Top returning players include Grace Tremonti, Christina Galia, Jessica Baker and Isabella Binkly.

Top new players on the roster include striker Autumn Halliwell, who Hudson believes can be the SEC leading scorer. Ayaka Inoki is a “skillful and fast midfielder with quick feet” while Victoria Hutchings is a “powerful center forward with a strong strike.”

The River Rats get a chance to avenge their District loss from last year, playing at Pioneer on Thursday. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m.

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