There was some good news and bad news for the Stow-Munroe Falls field hockey players when they took the field Tuesday.
They finally scored a goal against a certain rival that makes its home 15 minutes to the north.
The bad news?
The Bulldogs still came away with a brutal defeat.
Hudson improved to 3-1 on the season and 3-0 in the Northeast Ohio Field Hockey League after clobbering host Stow 9-1 at Bulldog Stadium.
First, the positives.
When sophomore midfielder/forward Emily Owens buried a penalty shot with a little more than 90 seconds left, the Bulldogs (2-5, 2-4) scored their first goal against the mighty Explorers in at least four years.
That meant little to Hudson, though. The Explorers dominated play from start to finish.
Of course, a loss like this isn’t particularly disheartening. Hudson captured the NEOFHL championship and reached the state final in 2018.
On this day, the Explorers looked every bit like a team that has its sights playing on the last day of the season. As for Stow, the message might be "slowly but surely."
Despite the Bulldogs’ persistence in clogging the middle of their circle with a plethora of defenders, Hudson scored three goals in the first nine minutes.
The Explorers eventually took complete control in the second half to invoke the running-clock rule.
The biggest beneficiary of Hudson’s onslaught was senior forward Reilly Timko, who was the team’s backup goalie last year.
Timko scored four times in the second half to put the contest completely out of reach.
Hanna Killeen added two goals and an assist and Reese Stiller had a goal and an assist. Kaci Ramlow and Jamison Cart also scored for the Explorers, who had a commanding 25-2 advantage in shots on goal and a 13-0 edge in penalty corners.
Marita Johnson, Morgan Lindow and Katie Moloney each had one assist for Hudson.
Goaltender Sadie Mrakuzic made two saves between the pipes for the Explorers. Stow goalie Audrey Jones, who was under siege throughout the match, stopped 23 shots. Several of those saves came on shots from point-blank range.