by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
When Hudson head girls soccer coach Costa Kalorides first saw Kate Waters, he knew she was one of those once-in-generation talents.
Such phenoms usually don't have to do too much to fine-tune their skills.
Waters, on the other hand, is one of those rare exceptions.
"Kate is clearly a very talented player," Kalorides said. "What distinguishes her is her dedication and work rate.
"She is very hungry when it comes to adding to her game.
"She's not content on sitting back and resting on her laurels. She always wants to get better."
That kind of motivation is the reason why Waters, a senior at Hudson High School, will continue playing soccer in the future.
Waters signed a national letter of intent Feb. 5 to continue her academic and soccer careers at the University of Maryland. She plans to major in either education or sports medicine.
"I really liked it," Waters said. "The coaches were definitely a big factor. I really liked the coaches."
The Terrapins finished 10-10 overall and 6-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference last year.
Waters, a center midfielder, finished with 32 goals and 41 assists during her stellar four-year career.
She set a school record with 15 assists in 2013 and her 41 assists may be a school record.
Waters also played forward for her club team, the Cleveland Internationals.
"It has been a good four years," Waters said. "We did a lot of team bonding. One time before a big game, we did a bonfire to get ready."
Waters started off as a forward before eventually switching to center midfielder.
"We graduated a huge class that included [Kolbie] Haines and [Alayna] Tokash," Kalorides said. "It was difficult since Kate was a forward her whole life, but it was amazing to see how well she adapted."
While the forwards are constantly on the attack, the midfielders' roles are to distribute the ball to the forwards and play some defense.
"It was a tough adjustment, but I thought I caught on," Waters said. "It was definitely more physical."
If a penalty was called, it wasn't surprising to see Waters' eyes light up.
That's because Waters took most of the set pieces for the Lady Explorers throughout her career.
"Kate took all the corners the last two years and 90 percent of the set pieces," Kalorides said.
As a senior, Waters led Hudson to a 14-3-2 overall record and a trip to a district championship game.
The Lady Explorers lost a 2-0 decision to eventual state champion Walsh Jesuit.
Waters' favorite memory was when Hudson rolled to a 4-0 win over Twinsburg in a district semifinal contest.
The Lady Tigers, who earned a 2-1 victory over the Lady Explorers earlier in the season, were ranked No. 1 in the state at the time.
"That was one of our best games of the season," Waters said. "Everything came together and we got our revenge. We dominated."
Waters earned first-team All-Ohio and first-team All-Midwest Region honors last year.
Now she hopes to continue her stellar play against some quality ACC powerhouses.
"I would like to play right away," Waters said. "I'm just going to work as hard as I can."
Kalorides has no doubt his star pupil will succeed on the collegiate level.
"The best way to describe her is that she's a soccer junkie," he said. "She's always looking to train and she's a student athlete who has dedicated herself to the sport and to the program."