by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- It was stylish, entertaining and everything you would want in your home opener.
Hudson first-year head boys soccer coach Kelsey Resnick can only hope such a performance repeats itself throughout the season.
The host Explorers picked up their first win.
They earned a convincing 6-1 victory over Green Aug. 20 at Memorial Stadium.
After the Bulldogs tied the game at one with 28 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the first half, the Explorers scored five unanswered goals.
Hudson (1-0-1) dominated possession and thanks to its exquisite ball movement and ability to find the open space, the Explorers kept the Bulldogs on their heels throughout the evening.
"We came out pretty slow in the first 20 minutes and all the credit goes to Green for that," Resnick said. "Once we settled down, we dictated the tempo."
Hudson had to settle for a 1-1 draw against Westlake in its season debut Aug. 17 on the road. Game No. 2 turned out to be a lot more satisfying for Resnick.
"It's a little bit of a relief," he said. "It was nice to get that out of the way."
Jack Sullivan led the Explorers with two goals and two assists and Trevor Colazzo had two goals. Matt Wallace and Chris Koscho each scored once for Hudson. Michael Charlton added two assists and Chris Ito had one assist.
Explorers' goalkeeper Charlie Sockol made three saves in the nets, including a diving save to his right on a hard shot from point-blank range in the second half.
But the offensive theatrics was the main theme for Hudson, which dazzled the home crowd with its execution.
"We want to be creative in the first third," Resnick said. "It's great to possess the ball, but we want to have a purpose, especially in the final third of the field. I thought we did a good job with our through balls."
If there was one negative for the Explorers, it was the status of their senior attacking center midfielder. Nick Woodward left the game with a leg injury with less than 30 seconds left.
"It looked like Nick got his legs caught," Resnick said. "We're trying to stay positive. We're hoping he can be back next week."
Hudson was scheduled to host Copley Aug. 22. Results were not available at press time. The Explorers are set to entertain Cuyahoga Falls Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.