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Stow-Munroe Falls girls soccer coach Nate Rausch had mixed feelings about his team's performance Sept. 21 vs. Hudson.
Then again, Hudson coach Chris Gentille felt the same way.
In their first Hudson-Stow rivalry game against each other, the two veteran coaches saw their squads play to a 1-1 draw at Bulldog Stadium.
In the post-game Hudson, Stow assistant coach Mitch Hepburn said the game was of the worst Stow played as a team but still got the tie.
Hepburn and Rausch each said they were looking for a better result after playing what they called Stow's best game of the season Sept. 19 at home vs. Copley. Stow defeated the Indians 3-1.
Stow's record stood at 5-1-2, 1-1-1 in the Suburban League National Conference as of press time.
In the win over Copley, Stow spotted the Indians a 1-0 lead at halftime before coming home with three second-half goals.
Stow got goals from senior Hannah Riddle, sophomore Elyse Casalinova and junior Alyssa Kuntz to turn the game around.
"We played a great game against a very good Copley team," Rausch said. "We've got to be able to play that way all the time."
On Sept. 21, Gentille noted the Explorers were able to impose their will later in the contest.
"In the second half, we really took it them," Gentille said. "In the first half, we let them have space in front, and they took advantage of it. We pushed up on the defensive line and were able to kind of control the game.
"I told the girls we did everything right except finish our chances tonight," Gentille said. "We just didn't finish and that's something we have to work on."
Meanwhile, Rausch noted the contest wasn't perfect for Stow but he will take it.
"It wasn't our prettiest game for sure," Rausch said. "We haven't beaten Hudson in a while. I think we are 0-6-2 in our last eight game against Hudson. Obviously, we want to win every game, but a tie is a step in the right direction."
Rausch noted his team was "off" as several Bulldogs were battling illness and injury.
"We just had a lot of inconsistency," Rausch said. "It's a rivalry game, so you know its going to be tight."
Both teams had early chances, as Stow was able to work its possession game in the first half.
However, it was Hudson that struck first. In the 15th minute, a nice passing sequence led to Jordan Manley hitting a cross into Stow's box. Freshman Mia Becker made a well-timed run to the back post and put the ball home to make it 1-0.
After the goal, Stow pushed forward and spurned a couple of chances before finding the equalizer in the 28th minute.
A perfect through ball from Kuntz split Hudson's defense open, allowing Casalinova to run onto it. Casalinova evaded Hudson goaltender Lilly Morgan and put the ball into the open net to make it 1-1.
Stow had chance to take the lead early in the second half, only to be denied on a brilliant double save by Morgan.
Morgan finished with four saves on the night, as Stow finished with a 5-4 edge in shots on goal.
The ball stayed in Stow's end most of the second half with Hudson's defensive line anchoring itself on the midfield stripe.
However, the Explorers could not find a way past Stow keeper Amanda Holocker in the second half. Holocker finished with three saves.
Stow was set to face Uniontown Lake Sept. 24, but results were not available at press time.
The Bulldogs face a pair of National Conference road games this week, beginning with a make-up game at Nordonia Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Stow then will travel to Laybourne Field Sept. 28 to take on Cuyahoga Falls at 7 p.m.