CUYAHOGA FALLS — No one is really sure when it last happened.
Quite truthfully, no one seems to know if it ever happened.
One way or another, something resembling a total solar eclipse took place Wednesday at the Laybourne Sports Complex in Cuyahoga Falls.
The girls soccer team finally knocked off a longtime nemesis.
That would be the Hudson Explorers.
The host Black Tigers earned a 3-0 victory over the Explorers in a Suburban League National Conference showdown.
It is believed to be the first time Falls defeated Hudson in girls soccer since the 21st century began.
The Black Tigers scored less than nine minutes into the game and then converted a penalty kick with a little more than 30 seconds left to take a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Kaitlin Wilson served a ball near the back post from the left side. Chloe Schneiders jumped up to head the ball into the net near the 6-yard line to make it 1-0.
Wilson did the finishing honors late in the half.
After a foul was called inside the Explorers’ penalty box, Wilson was chosen to take the kick. The opportunistic playmaker smashed a low line drive off the hands of Hudson goalkeeper Mackenzie Pierce as she dove toward her right. The ball then trickled into the net to make it 2-0.
The Black Tigers got the dagger with approximately 12 minutes left. Again, Wilson had a "hand" in it. Both of them, actually.
Wilson’s long throw-in reached the feet of Emma Brustoski on the left side. Brustoski got the ball in stride and raced down the sideline before finishing to give Falls a practically insurmountable 3-0 lead.
Hudson (3-5-2, 1-2-1) had numerous chances deep in Black Tigers’ territory, but Falls’ defense, which always seemed to have at least two players surrounding an Explorers’ attacker every time she possessed the ball, held strong the entire way.
Most of Hudson’s shots were taken outside the penalty box as through balls were pretty much forbidden against the Black Tigers’ defense.
The Explorers had an 8-2 edge in corner kicks. Both teams took nine shots on goal. Falls’ goalkeeper Ava Bowser made six saves, while Pierce stopped nine shots.