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Despite sharp passing, Stow boys soccer loses at Hudson

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published: September 20, 2016 10:18 PM

Hudson and Stow-Munroe Falls boys soccer saw a bit of a role reversal in terms of style of play Sept. 20.

Stow traditionally has been direct attacking team, while Hudson has preferred a possession game in years past.

While the two sides swaped styles, it the Explorers who made their chances count, scoring a 2-0 win over the Bulldogs at Hudson Memorial Stadium.

Hudson improved to 7-1-1, 4-0 in the Suburban League National Conference, while Stow dropped to 3-7, 1-3 in the National Conference.

Hudson got a bit of good luck on its first goal. Senior captain Sam Dunkin was ableto along the Stow endline in the third minute and sent a ball into the six-yard box. In heavy traffic, the ball bounced off Stow defender and into the net, making it 1-0.

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After the goal, however, Stow spent much of the first half in Hudson's end of the field. Bulldogs coach Kyle Kosmala said it was his team's best half of passing all season. However, the Bulldogs could not find the net, as it was 1-0 at halftime.

Hudson came out with a wider attack in the second half, trying to exploit the wings.

In the 49th minute, Hudson's pressure paid off. Midfielder Wilson Sattele's shot was robbed by a brilliant, one-handed save from Stow goalie Specer Raymond-Smith. However, Hudson captain Jack Sarkisian got to the rebound first and smashed it into the net to make it 2-0.

Hudson coach Steve Knapp said he would have liked to have seen his team finish more of its chanced, but praised Raymond-Smith for good game.

The Explorers had a 6-2 edge in shots on goal, while Stow finished with a 7-3 edge in corner kicks.

Raymond-Smith had six saves on the night, while Hudson keeper Connor Gynn had two.

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