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by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson -- With a new coach and several new players, the Hudson girls soccer team certainly needs time to get its house in order.
There are a few questions to be answered after the first seven games of the season.
Nonetheless, the Lady Explorers are still unbeaten in conference play.
Host Hudson improved to 4-2-1 overall and 2-0-1 in the Suburban League National Conference after posting a lopsided 10-1 victory over Cuyahoga Falls Sept. 13 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Explorers, who have been ranked in the top 10 in the state in recent years, led 5-0 at halftime and had a 22-1 advantage in shots on goal.
Such an offensive outburst was a welcome sight for first-year Hudson head coach Chris Gentille, whose team scored just one goal in its last three games prior to Sept. 13.
"We haven't played well in the last few games," he said. "We're trying to keep our focus as best we can. Give them [the Lady Black Tigers'] credit. They played hard. They're trying to build their program."
It didn't take the Lady Explorers long to impose their will on a rebuilding Falls' team.
Hudson dictated the tempo from start to finish, thanks to its speed and precise passing. The Lady Explorers actually missed several shots inside the Lady Black Tigers' penalty box.
However, Hudson worked through balls to perfection that led to several fast-break opportunities.
"They tried to catch us offsides," Gentille said. "They did catch us 10 or 11 times. We wanted to work on a few things. We wanted to connect our passes, not dribble too much and string passes together. I thought we did that."
Junior forward/midfielder Jenna Reitenbach and sophomore forward Jordan Manley each had two goals for Hudson.
Junior midfielder Elena Vuksta added one goal and two assists and junior defender Malloree Weber, freshman forward Mia Becker and senior midfielder Claire McIsaac each had one goal and one assist for the Lady Explorers.
Sophomore forward Lexi Muccino and junior midfielder/forward Grace Killeen each scored once for Hudson.
The Lady Black Tigers' lone goal came from junior forward Isabel Barton. Junior midfielder Chloe Stratton was credited with the assist.
Junior goalkeeper Erin Huber made 12 saves for Falls (1-4-1, 0-3). Hudson had a 5-0 edge on corner kicks.
It has been especially difficult for the Lady Explorers to find their stride because of injuries.
Senior forward Morgan Widdoes and junior forward/midfielder Lucy Marshall are out for the season with knee injuries. Senior forward/midfielder Rayna McLean also was unable to play due to a concussion.
Although she found the net, Becker also had been hampered by a knee injury.
"We have a lot of new girls and they're still learning," Gentille said. "We brought up Lexi Muccino and Jenna Reitenbach from our JV 'A' squad and they might be on the varsity squad on a permanent basis with all of our injuries."
Hudson was scheduled to visit Green Sept. 17 in Uniontown. Results were not available at press time.
The Lady Explorers are set to visit Medina Sept. 19 and National Conference rival Stow-Munroe Falls Sept. 21. Play is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. both days.