HUDSON — Both Hudson and Twinsburg girls soccer still harbored dreams of winning the Suburban League National Conference heading into their clash Wednesday.
After the match, there was one clear winner: conference-leading Wadsworth.
Twinsburg and Hudson played to a 0-0 draw Wednesday at Hudson Memorial Stadium. It was a result that may have handed the conference title to the Grizzlies.
Hudson moved to 9-2-2, 4-0-2 in the National Conference, while Twinsburg moved to 7-3-3, 3-1-2 in the conference.
Hudson coach Chris Gentille knows the Twinsburg program well, having coached the Tigers before arriving at Hudson. He gave credit to Twinsburg for taking over the game early.
"They wanted to really push for that opening goal," Gentille said. "I told the girls at halftime that they really weathered the storm. We settled down in the second (20 minutes) of the first half.
"In the second half, I think we pretty much dominated," Gentille said. "We missed a lot of good opportunities. There are a lot of times where we seemed very slow going to the goal."
As for Twinsburg coach John Garber, he felt his team did pretty much everything right against Hudson — except finish.
"Chris has a great team. They have a lot of speed for us to deal with, especially from No. 6 (forward Grace Killeen)," Garber said. "She was running all over the place. It’s a great tune-up game for the playoffs. I’m not frustrated with the result."
Garber indicated the Hudson game was the central contest in what was probably the toughest week of Twinsburg’s schedule. The Tigers were coming off a 2-1 loss Monday at Massillon Jackson and are scheduled to face Maginficat in Rocky River Saturday at 5 p.m.
With the wind at their backs in the first half, Twinsburg had more possession and was able to test Hudson’s defense.
The standout player on the day for Hudson was goalkeeper Lily Morgan. Morgan finished with eight saves in the game as Twinsburg finished with an 8-3 edge in shots on goal.
"She made a couple of big saves for us," Gentille said. "That was probably the best game of the season for her, but part of that is she hasn’t been tested all that often. It’s good to see that when we ask her to step up, she’s able to."
Morgan’s best save of the night may have come in the 22nd minute when she denied Twinsburg forward Allie King on a one-on-one breakaway.
Tied 0-0 at halftime, Hudson’s best chance may have come in the 43rd minute. Forward Jordan Manley made a nice turn and ran behind the Tigers’ defense, but she pushed her shot wide of the net.
Twinsburg goalie Ally Zenda finished with three saves on the night.
Twinsburg had one last chance in the 79th minute when McKenna Donahue pumped a high shot toward the net, but Morgan tipped the ball over the bar and Twinsburg could not convert the ensuing corner kick.
Twinsburg finished with a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.
"We didn’t deviate too far from our normal game plan," Garber said "The girls played very well tonight."
Along with the trip to Magnificat, Twinsburg will finish its National Conference schedule next Wednesday by traveling to Nodonia at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, Hudson travels to Columbus to face Bishop Waterson Saturday at 1 p.m. before traveling to Wadsworth next Wednesday at 7 p.m.