The 2013 season will go down as the greatest regular season in the history of Twinsburg girls soccer.
The Tigers came into the playoffs undefeated, ranked No. 1 in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association poll and seeded tops in the Division I Kent district. Twinsburg got past Aurora Oct. 19 3-0 in its playoff opener.
However, you throw the records out come playoff time and can't afford to have an off night.
Twinsburg may have had its first off night of the season Oct. 22 and Hudson took full advantage.
Hudson dominated the Division I district semifinal game Oct. 22 at Twinsburg Tiger Stadium, defeating the Tigers 4-0.
Hudson improved to 14-2-2 on the season and advanced to host the district final Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. against the Walsh Jesuit-Warren Howland winner.
Twinsburg finished the season at 16-1-1.
The victory for Hudson avenged a 2-1 loss to Twinsburg on Sept. 4.
Hudson was on the attack from virtually the opening whistle and found the goal in he ninth minute.
Midfielder Kate Waters hit one of her trademark diagonal balls over the top of the Tiger defense. That allowed Erin Torrence to run onto the ball, sprint behind the defense and slot the ball home past Twinsburg keeper Lexi Cooke.
Twinsburg attempted to respond, but the Tigers offense found itself stymied most of the night. Hudson finished with a 14-2 edge in shots on goal and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.
Cooke made some excellent saves early to keep the Tigers in it. She was credited with six saves on the night, while Twinsburg backup keeper Nicole McGlinchy had four saves after coming on in the 64th minute.
Hudson goalkeeper Sarah L'Hommedieu had two saves to get the shutout.
Hudson's second goal came in the 23rd minute on a brilliant effort from forward Alexandra Wright. Wright was able to corral a clearing ball from the Twinsburg defense and smash a shot high into the net, giving Cooke no chance.
Hudson sophomore Sarah Kossler completed the scoring in the 69th minute when she crashed the net after McGlinchy made a save. Kossler pounced on the rebound and hit it high into the net to make it 4-0.
For more, see the Oct. 27 edition of the Hudson Hub-Times.