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by Michael Leonard
Hudson -- In recent years, the Kent Roosevelt girls soccer team has played some good games against state power Hudson, particularly in the postseason.
However, this season, both programs are experiencing down years by their standards.
Factor in Hudson was looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to rival Twinsburg and the Lady Rough Riders were without captain Kayla Fischer.
It all added up to a long afternoon for Kent.
The Lady Explorers scored a 9-0 victory over the Lady Rough Riders in a Suburban League crossover game Oct. 1 at Dante Lavelli Stadium in Hudson.
Hudson, which presented a team letter jacket to team manager Brooks Willard before the game, improved to 6-4-2 on the season, while Kent dropped to 1-10-1.
Lady Explorers head coach Chris Gentille said he knew the Lady Rough Riders were on a downswing.
"I knew they were down Kayla [Fischer]," Gentille said. "The game would have been a bit different with her out there, but I don't think it would have changed the outcome."
After not be able to finish any scoring chances against Twinsburg, Gentille said his team concentrated on working around the net in practice Sept. 30.
"I think we did a better job finishing," he said. "We were very efficient. For us, its all about converting our chances."
Indeed, Hudson had 18 shots on goal and converted half of them. Only some good work by Kent goalkeeper Liz Hartung kept the Lady Explorers from reaching double digits in goals.
Hudson's possession game kept the ball flowing towards the Lady Rough Riders' net, as it was mostly one-way traffic throughout the game.
Elena Vuksta opened the scoring for the Lady Explorers in the 14th minute. She placed a free kick perfectly into the upper left corner of the net.
Freshman Mia Becker then scored the next two goals for Hudson. Becker scored in the 16th minute off a long run from clearing ball and then in the 18th minute, when she tapped in a perfect crossing ball from Lexi Muccino, who had drawn Hartung out.
Kent's defense stiffened for the rest of the half, but the floodgates really opened on the Lady Rough Riders early in the second half.
In the 42nd minute, Hudson captain Claire McIsaac ran onto a cross and put it off the post and in. In the 44th minute, Vuksta plowed through the middle of Kent's defense to get her second goal of the game.
McIsaac got her second goal of the game in the 51st minute when she launched a shot into the roof of the net.
Hudson's Grace Killeen found the net in the 55th minute off a rebound, followed by a goal from Jordan Manley at close range less than 30 seconds later.
Both teams emptied their benches in the last 20 minutes, but the Lady Explorers got one more goal from sophomore Anna Campanella in the 65th minute.
Hudson is scheduled to host Suburban League National Conference foe Wadsworth Oct. 5 at Hudson Memorial Stadium. Game time is set for 5 p.m.
The Lady Explorers are set to entertain Columbus Bishop Watterson Oct. 8 at Memorial Stadium. Play is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.