HUDSON — The bigger games still lurk in the future.

But it was a very satisfying evening for the Hudson girls soccer team in its regular-season finale.

The Lady Explorers improved to 10-3-3 after posting a 3-0 victory over Green Saturday evening at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

Hudson dominated possession much of the way and overwhelmed the Lady Bulldogs' defense with a punishing offensive attack.

The Lady Explorers had a 12-2 advantage in shots on goal and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.

"We wanted to treat this game like a tune-up game for the playoffs," Hudson second-year head coach Chris Gentille said. "We played really well. This is a good team. They lost to Jackson 1-0 in the last three minutes of the game.

"We wanted to prepare ourselves for the next phase of the season. I was really happy with our performance."

It actually could have been much worse for Green (7-8-1).

The Lady Explorers hit the crossbar a few times and also hit the post with their barrage of shots.

"We had a lot of opportunities," Gentille said. "We moved the ball well in the second half."

Hudson took a 2-0 lead into halftime, thanks to goals from midfielder Olivia Adkins and forward Lucy Marshall.

Adkins got the ball at her feet after a previous shot was deflected by the Lady Bulldogs defense.

Adkins settled the ball and blasted a shot into the net to make it 1-0 a little more than 13 minutes into the game.

The Lady Explorers, who honored Soccer For All players Gracie Lucarelli, Erica Liu, Sarah Spalding, Taylor Humenansky, Sam Rosenberg, Liv Thomas, Ella Choi and Calire Orazen at halftime, made it 2-0 with a little more than two minutes left.

Defender Malloree Weber delivered a perfect pass to Marshall, who easily beat Green goalkeeper Lilly Jakuszewski.

Hudson got its final goal of the game with about 10 minutes left.

Forward Grace Killeen found forward Jordan Manley in the Lady Bulldogs' penalty box.

Manley outran a Green defender to the ball and beat Jakuszewski from point-blank range.

Other than a few opportunities early in the game, the Lady Bulldogs were not much of an offensive threat throughout the evening.

Gentille hopes the momentum can continue in the postseason.

But he certainly isn't going to take his team's latest win for granted.

"We wanted to get to 10 wins, which is hard to do," Gentille said. "We play a tough schedule. Now we just want to keep it going."

The Lady Explorers won nine games last season. Their season ended in sectional play for the first time in eons when they were upset by Solon.

"Last year, we were banged up," Gentille said. "I think the seniors want to come back and make up for last year. We want to get to the district final."

Hudson's quest for redemption is scheduled to begin this Thursday.

The second-seeded Lady Explorers are scheduled to entertain the Cuyahoga Falls-Kent Roosevelt winner in a Kent Division I sectional title game. Play is set to begin at 7 p.m.


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