HUDSON: The Stow and Hudson girls soccer teams met for the second year in a row and walked away with the same result, a draw.
Hudson seemed to have a 1-0 win locked up Wednesday night following a goal by junior Kate Waters midway through the second half, but Stow rallied with slightly less than seven minutes left to draw even at 1-1 when senior Abbie Lawson netted a goal at Dante Lavelli Field.
“It’s a Hudson/Stow game,” Stow coach Chris Tipton said. “[In] last year’s contest we scored to tie the game [at 3-3] in the last five seconds of the game, and we went crazy that night. It had been a long time since we had tied a good team like that. We’re good, but to tie a perennial powerhouse like Hudson was nice.
“I told them [in the huddle after Wednesday’s game] that the difference from last year to this year, when the whistle blew and the game had ended, my girls were upset that they tied this time as opposed to being very happy. That shows the type of will and fight my girls have.”
Hudson held an advantage in shots (12-9), shots on goal (3-2) and corner kicks (8-2).
“I thought in the first half we could have put the game away with a few opportunities,” Hudson coach Costa Kalorides said. “I think [senior] Margo Camp and [freshman] Erin Torrence had three looks at the goal. I know Margo had a fourth shot that she put over the cross bar. With a young team, you would have hoped that we could have put those away in the first half. I think that would have helped us a lot instead of making it an even game going all the way through so late into the second half.”
The Explorers (1-0-1) had six freshmen among their 11 starters, with seniors Kelly Gough and Erin Watkins serving as captains. Kalorides said 11 seniors from last year graduated and seven of them played starting roles and one coming in usually as a reserve.
“There is a lot to learn,” Kalorides said. “We play a very difficult schedule. They will play a lot of games to get tested. While they made mistakes, I thought overall they did pretty well tonight.”
The Bulldogs (2-0-1) started five seniors, with Lawson and seniors Bailey Norton and Stefanie Keller serving as captains.
Waters’ goal came off an assist from freshman Alexandra Wright and gave the Explorers a 1-0 edge.
“At the beginning of the game we were on our heels a lot,” Tipton said. “Hudson moves the ball very well. They change the point of attack in an instant. The way they have their formation and the way they play, they always have someone open. Costa is real tricky when it comes to that stuff.
“We had to adjust and once we adjusted I thought we played much better the latter part of the first half and then in the second half. I thought we played even for a lot of the game and the score reflects it. They did have more shots on goal and more corner kicks.”
Lawson scored the equalizer for Stow off an assist from junior Ashley Pryce.
Coincidentally, Lawson scored the goal that tied the score 3-3 in last year’s match.
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