HUDSON: Senior Kate Waters played the role of playmaker and sophomores Erin Torrence and Alexandra Wright did the finishing Wednesday night for the Hudson girls soccer team.
Hudson dictated play against visiting North Royalton and scored a goal in each half to earn a 2-0 victory on Murdough Field in Hudson Memorial Stadium.
The Explorers (6-1-0, 1-0-0) won their Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division opener by dominating possession and peppering the Bears (4-4-0, 0-1-0) with shots on a consistent basis.
“Overall we had a lot of opportunities and played pretty well,” Hudson coach Costa K. Kalorides said. “There was a little stint maybe for 10 minutes where we lost our composure, but overall we had a heavy amount of chances and limited their opportunities. Other than a few long shots, I don’t think we allowed them to generate much offense and we were able to be dangerous pretty much the entire night.”
Hudson took 27 shots and placed 12 on goal. North Royalton had four shots and put two on goal. Hudson also dominated in corner kicks 9-0.
Torrence scored the match’s first goal, her fourth this season, in the eighth minute from 18 yards out following a nifty pass from Waters that covered 30 yards.
“I took the ball and cut the girl back,” Torrence said. “The ball was on my left foot and I am right-footed, so I was kind of lucky. The ball went to the upper-90 and went in.”
Wright capped the scoring in the 79th minute with her 11th goal of the season following a pass from Waters.
“I was out wide and she was running,” Wright said. “She took the ball to the goal line and beat all the defenders, and then I was at the 6-yard line and she passed it to me and I just tapped it in.
“It is really great to come out here and win our first league game. Last year we tied them in a really different game, 2-2. We wanted to come out here and get a goal right away, which we did. In the second half, we have been struggling to score a lot. We just wanted to keep going and going, and get another goal. It feels great to contribute to this win.”
The Explorers’ defense was solid all evening, limiting the Bears’ efforts to come back. Junior Taylor Koscho started in the back for Hudson with sophomores Maddy Waters, Victoria Breeden and Allie Dunne. Sophomore goalkeeper Sarah L’Hommedieu had two saves.
Torrence and Kate Waters were steady in Hudson’s offensive attack, which also included junior Alyssa Palmer, sophomore Alexandra Wright, freshmen Kim Ito and Rayna McLean and senior Margo Camp.
“This is a big win for us,” Kate Waters said. “We start the NOC schedule out right. It is great to come out with a win and be on top of the brackets after one match. We came out strong.”
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