HUDSON — The Twinsburg girls soccer team won’t win a conference title this season.
But the Tigers still own Hudson.
Twinsburg earned a 3-0 victory over the host Explorers Thursday at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
Jadyn Harris scored twice and Allison King found the net once for the Tigers (12-2-1), who finished 5-1-1 in the Suburban League National Conference. Stow-Munroe Falls won the conference title with a 6-1 record.
But that’s history now. Twinsburg has moved onto the next chapter. And it took down a key rival in the process.
"[Thursday] was one of our cleanest matches in terms of moving the ball, maintaining possession, getting good looks at the goal," Tigers head coach John Garber said. "We got a lot of minutes from a lot of players. Hopefully, it will translate into next week."
Hudson (5-7-2), which has had its share of injuries throughout the season, finished 2-4-1 in the National Conference.
Twinsburg scored two goals in a little less than seven minutes into the game.
Harris scored her second goal a little more than 10 minutes into the second half after a shot by King from the left side. King’s shot went off the hands of Explorers’ goalkeeper Mackenzie Pierce and right to Harris’ feet. Harris poked the ball into the net from point-blank range.
That goal gave the Tigers a comfortable 3-0 lead, which Twinsburg did not relinquish the rest of the way.
"From the tryouts to the preseason to the scrimmages to where we are now, we’ve been moving people around," Garber said. "I think we’re at a place where we have a pretty good rotation moving into the playoffs."
Twinsburg had a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. Hudson had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. Pierce and Tigers’ goalie Alexis Cellura finished with two saves apiece.
Twinsburg has been quite a force despite losing 13 seniors from last year’s Final Four team. The Tigers’ leading lady certainly has been her typical rarefied self. However, Twinsburg’s new faces have seized their opportunities quite nicely, as well.
"A lot of girls are contributing," Garber said. "Clearly, Allie is our leading goal-scorer. So the buildup coming with that progression and the finishing has been what has been clicking in our last few matches.
"Earlier in the year when we’ve had a lot of chances, we haven’t scored as many. We haven’t executed as well as we should have or could have. Now it’s starting to look clean."
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