Hudson -- All in all, the Cuyahoga Falls girls soccer team has made significant progress since last year.
Unfortunately for the Lady Black Tigers, their progress hasn't made much of an impact in the loaded Suburban League.
Falls dropped to 1-4-1 overall and 0-3 in the Suburban League National Conference after losing a lopsided 10-1 decision to Cuyahoga Falls Sept. 13 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Explorers, who have been ranked in top 10 in the state in recent years, led 5-0 at halftime and had a 22-1 advantage in shots on goal.
While the Lady Black Tigers were able to crack the scoreboard in the second half, it was one-way traffic for much of the evening.
Such is life with a rebuilding squad taking on a perennial state powerhouse.
"As a whole, we're making progress," Falls head coach Scot Etling said. "It's numbers. [Hudson head coach] Chris [Gentille] has three complete teams and I have two. We have a long way to go to be competitive in this league."
Junior forward/midfielder Jenna Reitenbach and sophomore forward Jordan Manley each had two goals for the Lady Explorers.
Junior midfielder Elena Vuksta added one goal and two assists and junior defender Malloree Weber, freshman forward Mia Becker and senior midfielder Claire McIsaac each had one goal and one assist for Hudson.
Sophomore forward Lexi Muccino and junior midfielder/forward Grace Killeen each scored once for the Lady Explorers.
The Lady Black Tigers' lone goal came from junior forward Isabel Barton. Junior midfielder Chloe Stratton was credited with the assist.
Junior goalkeeper Erin Huber made 12 saves for Falls (1-4-1, 0-3). Hudson had a 5-0 edge on corner kicks.
Gentille had praise for his opponent even though the game was one-sided.
"Given them credit, they played hard," he said of the Falls' players. "They're trying to build their program. We haven't played well the last few games. We just want to keep our focus as best we can."
While he knew what his team was going up against, Etling felt his team took a step backward.
"We are a better team than what we showed," he said. "Hudson is a good team. This is our first goal in the league. We've been outscored 84-1 since we started playing in this league. It's a different level. I think it might be the hardest level in the state."
The Lady Black Tigers are scheduled to visit National Conference rival Nordonia Sept. 21 in Macedonia. Play is set to begin at 7 p.m.
Falls is scheduled to host Ellet Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.