Since the new millennium began, the Hudson field hockey team has had a terribly difficult time getting past perennial state powerhouse Hathaway Brown.
Last year, on the other hand, the Lady Explorers left no doubt who was the queen of the Northeast Ohio Field Hockey League with an 11-0 record.
And on its way to the state title match, Hudson left the Lady Blazers in the dust on two occasions.
So with the Lady Explorers winning their first seven NEOFHL matches in 2016, it was safe to say Hudson is now the dominant team in Northeast Ohio, right?
That could still be the case. But Hathaway Brown certainly proved it isn't going down without a fight.
The Lady Blazers handed the Lady Explorers their first NEOFHL loss of the season after scoring a 3-2 overtime victory Sept. 28 in Shaker Heights.
Hathaway Brown controlled possession much of the first half. Hudson dictated the tempo in the second half, but fell just short.
Meghan Daly and Sarah Keller scored for the Lady Explorers (8-3, 7-1).
Both teams had nine penalty corners and Hudson had a 9-8 advantage in shots on goal.
Lady Explorers goalkeeper Kelsey Lowman made seven saves between the pipes.