HUDSON — When the opportunities are there, Louise Knox doesn’t want her players to tiptoe.
If you’re around the goal, the second-year Hudson head field hockey coach urges you to perform three simple tasks.
Attack, attack and attack some more.
The Explorers took that strategy to heart Monday in Cuyahoga Falls. As a result, Hudson continued its dominance in the Northeast Ohio Field Hockey League.
The Explorers improved to 7-1 overall and 6-0 in the league after posting a convincing 8-0 victory over host Walsh Jesuit at Conway Memorial Stadium’s Marhofer Field in Cuyahoga Falls.
Hudson, which led 5-0 at halftime, controlled possession most of the way and had a knack for making the Warriors’ defenders backpedal as they invaded Walsh’s territory on a regular basis.
"I thought they were goal-hungry inside the 25," Knox said. "That has been an objective of this season so far. We want to be really aggressive inside the 25. I thought we did that very well."
Senior midfielder Reese Stiller showcased her brilliant stick skills throughout the match and wound up with two goals, including one off a penalty corner. Junior midfielder/forward Marita Johnson also scored twice and senior forward Reilly Timko had a goal and an assist.
Senior forward Lila Bishop and sophomore midfielder/forward Kaci Ramlow each scored once and senior forward Katherine Moloney added an assist for the high-powered Explorers.
"I thought we played well," Knox said. "We worked together as a team. They communicated, found their own weaknesses, modified them and worked on them. Timeout, halftime, they were seeing what we were seeing.
"They worked hard to play possession ball. They moved the ball down the field and let the ball do the work."
Goaltender Sadie Mrakuzic needed to make just one save as Hudson had a lopsided 17-1 advantage in shots on goal and a 7-0 edge in penalty corners. Warriors’ goalie Katie Chenelle stopped eight shots.
The Explorers’ lone loss was a 3-0 defeat to defending state champion Bexley Columbus Academy Aug. 31. The defending NEOFHL champions have won four in a row since that match.
"We’re right where we need to be," Knox said. "We’re working hard and it’s always about adjusting. We learn every time we play a game."
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