Fans who braved the cold, wet night to see Aurora and Hudson boys soccer clash at Veterans Stadium were treated to a high-level contest between two talented teams.
Aurora fans also were treated to one of the most remarkable endings in Aurora history.
With time expiring in the first overtime, Aurora midfielder Trever Wendel launched a shot on goal from about 45 yards out.
The ball drifted over Hudson goalkeeper Charlie Sockol and into the net. The only question was weather it had crossed the line before time had expired.
After a few minutes, the referees confirmed the ball had crossed before time expired, giving Aurora a 2-1 win in its Division I district semifinal game over the Explorers Oct. 23.
The Green are scheduled to host the Kent Division I district final Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. against Solon. The Comets defeated Twinsburg 2-1 on penalty kicks.
Hudson finished the season at 10-5-3.
Hudson did finished with a final edge of 10-8 in shots on goal, but both team's goalkeepers had excellent nights.
Sockol finished with six saves for the Explorers, while Aurora keeper Justin Pavlick finished with nine saves.
Aurora had control of most of the first half as they outshot the Explorers 6-1.
However, the breakthrough didn't come until the 37th minute when Aurora earned its first corner kick of the game.
Prayag Jina served a beautiful ball to the back post. There, senior defender Anthony Brockway crashed the net and headed the ball in.
Aurora took a 1-0 lead to halftime, but an odd occurrence tied the game less than a minute after half.
Aurora's defense sent a back pass to goal, which Pavlick wasn't ready for. The ball rolled all the way into the net for an own goal, tying it at 1-1 in the 41st minute.
Hudson played a much better game after the own goal, outshooting the Greenmen 9-2 in the second half and overtime.
However, Pavlick made numerous diving saves to set the stage for Wendel's heroics.
For more, see the Oct. 27 edition of the Hudson Hub-Times.