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Hudson field hockey team settles for draw against Magnificat

Published: October 9, 2016 12:00 AM

Staff report

The Hudson field hockey team did not lose a single match against Northeast Ohio Field Hockey League opponents last year.

As their last two matches have shown, the Explorers have been a bit more vulnerable in NEOFHL play this year.

Host Hudson earned a 3-3 draw against league rival Rocky River Magnificat Oct. 4 at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

The Lady Explorers have zero wins in their last two matches against NEOFHL opponents.

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Hudson lost to Hathaway Brown 3-2 in overtime Sept. 28 in Shaker Heights.

Nonetheless, Lady Explorers head coach Laurie Wilkins was pleased with her team's performance.

"It was an intense game," she said. "I told the girls I was very proud of the overall effort and fight. It was a coach's dream to watch 11 players fight for 70 minutes."

Hudson (8-3-1, 7-1-1) took a 1-0 lead when Eliza Green scored on a reverse chip seven minutes into the match. Magnificat answered to tie the match late in the first half.

The Lady Explorers took a 2-1 advantage in the second half when Sarah Keller scored.

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Four minutes later, Magnificat tied the match at two and then took a 3-2 lead with 10 minutes left.

But Keller tied the match with her second goal of the match with a little more than a minute left.

Neither team could find the goal in the overtime period.

"Overtime was a battle," Wilkins said. "We had many shots on goal and opportunities to score, but we couldn't capitalize on any."

Hudson honored Green, Keller and seniors Hannah Yard, Taylor Gojdics, Madison Valko, Shelby Johnson, Molly MacKay, Kelly Murphy and Sarah Moloney prior to the match.

The Lady Explorers were scheduled to entertain defending state champion Columbus Thomas Worthington Oct. 8.

Thomas Worthington defeated Hudson 3-0 in last year's title match. Results were not available at press time.

The Lady Explorers are set to host NEOFHL rival Shaker Heights Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m.

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