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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Kent -- It took several minutes to get a feel for the grass.
And once the Lady Explorers did, they looked like the same juggernaut they've been since the start of last season.
The Hudson field hockey team improved to 5-0 on the season after posting a convincing 6-0 victory over Kent Roosevelt Sept. 12 on the road.
The Lady Explorers, who usually showcase their vaunted passing game and explosive speed on turf fields, had to alter their playing style a bit on the Lady Rough Riders' grass field.
While Hudson dominated possession, it wasn't able to find the goal until nearly 14 minutes after the match started. Once the Lady Explorers got the first one, they cruised the rest of the way.
"It is definitely a different style of play on grass," Hudson head coach Laurie Wilkins said. "We had to go away from our passing game and our reverse sweeps. We've always believed grit is more important than talent."
Grace Hildebrand got things started when she scored at the 16-minute, 7-second mark.
Hildebrand found the goal again a little more than four minutes later to make it 2-0. Meghan Daly was credited with the assist.
The Lady Explorers made it 3-0 with a little more than 90 seconds left in the first half when Sarah Keller, who scored four goals during Hudson's 7-0 win over Stow-Munroe Falls Sept. 8 at Hudson Memorial Stadium, scored on a penalty corner. Eliza Green was credited with the assist.
The Lady Explorers added three more goals in the second half to take command.
Molly Mackay, Lilly Knox and Hannah Yard each scored in the final 30 minutes. Keller added two assists.
Goalkeeper Katherine Woodford, who replaced starter Kelsey Lowman in the second half, made three saves between the pipes.
Hudson had a 26-3 advantage in shots on goal and an 11-2 edge in penalty corners.
"Hudson is a great team," Kent head coach K.C. Nemec said. "The girls can learn a lot from playing Hudson and we, as coaches, can learn a lot from playing Hudson. Our goal is to have a good experience in field hockey and always do when we play Hudson."
Goalkeeper Adreanne Crockett made 15 saves, including 12 in the first half, for the Rough Riders (0-4). Kaylee Raybould played after halftime and made six stops.
"Give Kent credit," Wilkins said. "They have an awesome goalie and they showed their speed."
All in all, it was another stellar performance for Hudson, which reached the state championship match last season.
"We played all 23 girls and we've played them at different positions that they're not used to playing," Wilkins said. "I'm proud of the team's effort."
The Lady Explorers were scheduled to visit Columbus Academy to play Columbus Academy Sept. 16 and Cincinnati Ursuline Sept. 17. Results of those matches were not available at press time.
They are set to host Orange (Pepper Pike) Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. before heading to Western Reserve Academy Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m.