STOW: They play like veterans and they expect to win.
They are the members of the 2013 Hudson girls soccer team, and they are young and very good.
Visiting Hudson overwhelmed Stow 6-1 Wednesday night in a Northeast Ohio Conference crossover match at Marhofer Auto Family Field.
Freshman Kimberly Ito and sophomore Alexandra Wright each scored two goals, and sophomore Erin Torrence added a goal and an assist as the Explorers improved to 3-0.
“I thought altogether the young kids played pretty well,” fifth-year Hudson coach Costa Kalorides said.
Ito was tireless and repeatedly won balls in the midfield.
“Kim was all over the place and got rewarded in the second half with some assists and goals,” Kalorides said. “I thought she had an exceptional game today.”
Leading 2-0 at half, the Explorers blew it wide open early in the second half, scoring three goals in a two-minute span. After Stow’s talented senior striker Ashley Pryce missed over the top two minutes into the second half, Hudson exploded for three tallies, including two by Wright.
“They went bam, bam and bam, and that immediately deflated us,” Stow coach Chris Tipton said.
Wright’s first goal was a glowing individual effort, playing on the left side and cutting through the defense.
“We’re a really direct team, but also able to combine with our [wings] and center mids,” she said.
Hudson sophomore goalkeeper Sarah L’Hommedieu added to the Bulldogs’ frustration when she saved a point-blank chance, keeping it 5-0.
Ito later converted a left-footed shot with 23:46 remaining to run the score to 6-0. Her performance was not lost on Tipton.
“She impressed me,” he said. “Her work rate is incredible.”
Kalorides believes his team has plenty of room for improvement.
“We’re working on building some cohesion in the units,” he said. “We’ve been moving some players around to different spots. By the end of September or early October, I think we’ll really start getting into form.”
The Bulldogs did receive a courageous effort from sophomore goalkeeper Aly Green, who kept her team in the match in the first half.
“Aly came up with some big saves or else it would have been worse on the scoreboard,” Tipton said. “She has definitely improved. The score could have got out of hand very quickly without her in goal.”
Pryce scored a late goal for Stow (1-2), the first against Hudson this season.
Stow has three seniors on its roster and two of them — marking back Tiffany Keller and midfielder Kelsey Fobean — were sidelined with injuries.
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