It simply was not the Hudson boys soccer team's night Sept. 3 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
While the Explorers fell behind 3-0 to Cleveland St. Ignatius at halftime, they had a golden chance to get back in the game early in the second half.
In the end, however, it was still 3-0 at the end of the game.
The Wildcats scored three goals in a six-minute span to take a commanding lead and then hung on, despite giving up a penalty kick and playing down a man for last 35 minutes of the game.
St. Ignatius finished with an 11-3 edge in shots on goal, but the Wildcats' efforts were thwarted early by Hudson goalkeeper Charlie Sockol.
Sockol finished with eight saves on the night.
Oddly enough, it was a central defender that lit the fuse for St. Ignatius' offense.
After a corner kick was cleared, Wildcats' junior David Sisson collected the ball about 40 yards out from goal. Sisson charged through Hudson's defense and smashed the ball past Sockol to make it 1-0 in the 33rd minute.
The goal seemed to open the floodgates for the Explorers (2-3-1).
In the 37th minute, senior Chris Petro sent a through ball to JoeMack Leonardo and Leonardo went one on one with Sockol. Sockol got a piece of the shot, but not enough to keep it out of the net.
Then in the 39th minute, St. Ignatius pressed again. Sockol made a great diving save to stop an initial shot, but Bobby Barsic pounced on the rebound and smashed it into the net.
Down 3-0 at halftime, Hudson did its best to press early in the second half.
After Sisson was given a yellow card for a professional foul in the 43rd minute, the Explorers got their chance to get back in it in the 45th minute.
Hudson's Trevor Colazzo sprinted into the box, but was tackled from behind by the Wildcats' Matt Ivancic. The referee not only called for a penalty kick, but gave the St. Ignatius captain a red card for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity.
Junior Jack Sullivan stepped up to take the penalty kick for the Explorers, but his shot bounced off the bottom of the crossbar. Hudson was then called for offsides while trying to get the rebound.
The Explorers had several other chances to score, but Hudson hit the post once and sprayed several close shots wide.
For more, see the Sept. 8 edition of the Hudson Hub-Times.