HUDSON — The solar eclipse was the big story Aug. 2.
By the end of its game with the Hudson girls soccer team, though, Boardman had to feel like it was being followed by a moon shadow.
The Lady Explorers erupted for four goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half, turning a close contest into a 6-1 rout. Hudson improved to 1-1 on the young season, while Boardman dropped to 0-1.
The score was nothing less than Hudson deserved as the Lady Explorers finished with a 23-1 edge in shots on goal.
Hudson head coach Chris Gentile praised his team for keeping the pressure constant, despite some early troubles finishing.
"We stressed patience at halftime," he said. "I think we lost out composure a bit at the end of the first half. We had some frustration and got some yellow cards.
"We took what the defense was giving us in the second half. They couldn’t keep up with our ball movement. I think it was going to happen."
The Lady Explorers got their first goal of the game and season in style.
After getting a drop pass from Grace Killeen, senior Molly Charpentier blasted a high shot from 30 yards away. The shot found the top of the net.
However, Hudson’s attack was frustrated for most of the first half, thanks in part to some great saves from Lady Spartans’ keeper Camille Holzchuh. Although she gave up six goals, Holzchuh made 17 saves on the night, including several from point-blank range.
"Their keeper came out of nowhere on a couple of occasions," Gentille said. "She had a good night."
Meanwhile, Boardman took advantage of its lone scoring chance. In the 29th minute, a hard foul earned Boardman a free kick on left edge of the box. Cassie Stitt send a high, swerving shot on net, which was one the Lady Explorers’ goalie Lily Morgan could not handle.
"That’s more or less a save that she needs to make," Gentille said.
However, Hudson restored the lead just before halftime. Off a corner kick, sophomore Kierstin Havens sent an in-swinger that curled all the way into the net.
Gentille said he wasn’t sure Havens was aiming to score, but he was happy for the 2-1 halftime lead.
The Lady Explorers really got cooking after the half.
In the 41st minute, forward Jordan Manley’s shot was blocked, but senior Lucy Marshall bounced on the rebound and blasted it home.
In the 55th minute, a perfect through ball from Manley sent Marshall racing 30 yards in on goal. Marshall beat Holzchuh with a low shot, making it 4-1.
In the 59th minute, Marshall completed her hat trick, smashing home a shot from the six-yard box off a nice feed from Charpentier.
Gentille said he was happy to see Marshall get back in form after missing most of last season with a knee injury.
"She is still getting into game shape," Gentille said. "Hopefully, this type of game will help her confidence."
Senior Elena Vuksta capped the scoring for Hudson in the 60th minute. Taking a free kick from about 40 yards away, Vuksta’s ball bounced in the box and over the head of Holzchuh for a goal.
Vuksta had a chance for a second goal off a penalty kick in the 67th minute, but she put her shot wide of goal.
Hudson is scheduled to travel to Bainbridge to visit Kenston Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. The Lady Explorers are set to return home to face Olmsted Falls Sept. 2 at 3 p.m.