In 2015, Steve Knapp led the Hudson boys soccer team to a win over Massillon Jackson during his first year as head coach.

Such a victory was a rare feat considering the Polar Bears had owned the Explorers over the years.

Of course, Knapp learned that lesson the hard way after that rare win. That’s because Hudson hadn’t beaten the Polar Bears since that game.

Until now.

The host Explorers improved to 5-5-2 after earning a 4-1 victory over Jackson Saturday at Hudson Memorial Stadium. It was Hudson’s first win over the Polar Bears since 2015.

The Explorers had a 2-0 lead at halftime and controlled the pace for much of the way. Ryan Sarkisian and Aroon Tcholakov scored and Trey Kaminski found the net on a penalty kick.

Hudson also took advantage of an own goal by the Polar Bears. Jarrett Widdoes and Ben Hallis each had one assist for the Explorers, who had a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal and a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.