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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 earning 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.
"I was proud of the way we finished the game," Lady Explorers head coach Laurie Wilkins said.
"We just needed our style of play for 70 minutes."
Meghan Daly and Sarah Keller scored for Hudson (8-3, 7-1).
Both teams had nine penalty corners and the Lady Explorers had a 9-8 advantage in shots on goal.
Hudson goalkeeper Kelsey Lowman made seven saves between the pipes.
On Sept. 26, the Lady Explorers posted a lopsided 11-0 victory over NEOFHL rival Laurel (Shaker Heights) at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
Keller had two goals and two assists and Anna Tomasulo had three goals Hudson.
Molly MacKay also had two goals for the Lady Explorers.
Lilly Knox contributed one goal and two assists and Grace Hildebrand and Eliza Green each had one goal and one assist.
Sofi Hess also scored and Shelby Johnson and Sarah Moloney each had one assist.
Hudson is scheduled to entertain NEOFHL foe Magnificat (Rocky River) Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m.