It was a battle between two Suburban League National Conference squads that have had difficulty delivering the final punch.
The two teams found it a combined one time Tuesday evening at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
Alas for fans on Fourth Street, it came from the home team.
Thanks to a late first-half goal, the Hudson soccer team came away with a 1-0 victory over Cuyahoga Falls. With the win, the Explorers, who have scored just one goal in their last 160 minutes, improved to 7-3-1 overall and 4-1 in the National Conference. The Black Tigers, who showed some fierce aggression on a number of occasions, dropped to 3-6-2 overall and 0-5-1 in the conference.
Hudson got what turned out to be the game-winning goal with less than four minutes left in the opening half.
Caleb Junko, whose 46-yard field goal in the final seconds led the Explorers to a dramatic 37-35 victory over Wadsworth last Friday on the gridiron, served the ball into the middle of Falls’ penalty box from the right side.
Pete Strawbridge ran onto the ball and poked it in the net from near the 6-yard line. Hudson generated many opportunities throughout the game, but the Black Tigers had a knack for disrupting the Explorers’ possession game time and time again.
Strawbridge had a shot from close range hit the post a little more than 12 minutes into the second half. Falls had a corner kick and a pass from the left side grabbed by Hudson goalkeeper Stephen Yerian late in the game. However, the Black Tigers could not convert either one of their few chances.
The Explorers had a 6-0 advantage in shots on goal and a 7-3 edge in corner kicks. Falls’ goalie Evan Reischman made five saves.