They could see a few of their friends again when the postseason rolls around next week.
Regardless of what happens then, the Explorers can claim something all to themselves.
The Hudson field hockey team captured the Northeast Ohio Field Hockey League title outright with two wins on the road Saturday.
The Explorers defeated Ottawa Hills 6-1 and Maumee Valley Country Day 1-0 in Toledo.
With the victories, Hudson improved to 13-3. The Explorers finished 12-0 in the NEOFHL.
Besides the two wins Saturday, Hudson took down NEOFHL rivals Shaker Heights, Rocky River Magnificat and Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown.
By the way, Shaker, Magnificat and Hathaway Brown are the second, third and fourth seeds, respectively, at the Gates Mills district tournament. The Explorers are the top seed.
"We are very excited to finish the regular season with two strong games," Hudson first-year head coach Louise Knox said. "The players have focused on the process — paying attention to details, working every day and playing together."
Against Ottawa Hills, Hanna Killeen and Addie Judson each had two goals and Reese Stiller and Grace Hildebrand scored once for Hudson.
Stiller also had an assist and Tyler Vidmar and Grace Hildebrand each had one assist.
Lauren Niewolak made a defensive save and Explorers’ goaltender Reilly Timko made one save between the pipes.
Marita Johnson scored the lone goal against MVCD. It took place off a deflection on a penalty corner.
Hudson had an 8-4 advantage in shots on goal. The Explorers also had a 6-3 edge in penalty corners. Hudson goaltender Sadie Mrakuzic made four saves between the pipes.
The Explorers, who reached the state semifinals in 2015, earned a first-round bye in district play. They are scheduled to play the Stow-Munroe Falls-Kent Roosevelt winner in a second-round contest next Wednesday at Scott Malson Field. Play is set to begin at 6 p.m.
Eighth-seeded Stow is scheduled to entertain 11th-seeded Roosevelt Monday at 5 p.m.
"The wins are a culmination of grit and teamwork that started in the preseason," Knox said. "We close the chapter of undefeated league play and we are working toward our postseason goals."
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