HUDSON — History was not on the side of the Nordonia girls soccer team when it made the trip Thursday to Hudson Memorial Stadium.
Coming into the game, the Explorers had owned the Knights over the years. Also, Hudson came into the contest on a four-game winning streak, while Nordonia had just suffered its first defeat the previous Saturday against Bainbridge Township Kenston.
However, on a warm night in Hudson, the Knights made history.
A goal in the 22nd minute from freshman forward Athena Kolettis proved to be the only goal of the game, as Nordonia scored a 1-0 win.
The Knights improved to 4-1-1 overall and 1-0-1 in the Suburban League National Conference. The victory was Nordonia’s first win over the Explorers this century and may have been the first victory in school history over Hudson.
The Explorers dropped to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the National Conference.
Knights head coach Les Gicei couldn’t get the smile off his face after the win.
"We still played conservative," he said. "We told the girls, ‘We don’t have to attack; we can counterattack.’ Our defense is so rock solid. We got a great effort from everybody."
Hudson head coach Chris Gentille was unavailable for comment after the game.
Gicei’s instincts proved to be correct. Although the Explorers had a possession and territory advantage in the early going, they weren’t able to get many chances, while Nordonia found some shots of its own.
Hudson’s Campanella sisters were able to test Nordonia goalie Sheyli Wetzel in the 16th minute.
Ally Campanella lofted a high shot, which forced a fingertip save from Wetzel. On the next possession, Anna Campanella got into the six-yard box, but Wetzel robbed her of a goal by diving to her left.
Those proved to be the only two shots on goal on the night for the Explorers, as the Knights finished with a 6-2 edge in shots on goal.
In the 22nd minute, Nordonia struck on the counterattack.
A nice through ball by sophomore Sam Wiehe allowed Kolettis to run past Hudson’s defense and go one-on-one with goalie Lily Morgan. Kolettis got around Morgan and passed the ball into the net from a tight angle to make it 1-0.
Wiehe tested Morgan on a free kick in the 34th minute, but Morgan got down to make the save. Morgan had five saves on the night for the Explorers.
The score remained at 1-0 at the half. Gicei said he knew Hudson would come out firing in the second half.
"That’s what we talked about," he said. "We knew we would be tested. The big thing for us was, we got the first two shots on goal in the second half."
Indeed, the Knights were able to pump a couple of long shots on net to keep the Explorers honest just after halftime.
Hudson pressed forward in an attempt to push the issue, but the Explorers didn’t register a shot on goal or corner kick in the second half, despite a huge advantage in possession.
Hudson’s best chance to tie the game came in the 77th minute, when the Explorers earned a free kick just to the left of the penalty box.
Sophomore Maddie Coates took the free kick and lofted a dangerous ball the to the back post, but it floated just over the bar for a goal kick.
Hudson had one last chance, as it pressed the ball into the box in the 80th minute, but could not get a shot off.
Nordonia will look to keep the momentum going Saturday when it hosts Kent Roosevelt at 3 p.m., while Hudson will look to rebound when it travels to Copley Saturday at 7 p.m.