NEW PORT RICHEY — In a muddy, rainy first half, Hudson and Gulf found themselves struggling to find any kind of groove on the offensive end.
Opportunities were few and far between but thanks to a stiff defensive effort and a couple lucky bounces, Gulf improved to 5-0 and edged out Hudson 2-0 Tuesday night at Des Little Stadium.
“The effort was great and especially in the first half,” Gulf coach Shari Schau said. “For the girls to really maintain focus in the first half with all the rain coming down was really important. I told the girls at halftime to take some more shots and good things will happen.”
The Cobras had several chances to take the lead in the first half, but were not able to capitalize on their five shot attempts.
After Hudson’s Logan McGee received a yellow card in the 46th minute, Gulf two minutes later converted on its first opportunity of the second half. Buccaneers freshman Catie Green scored off a deflected pass from senior forward Chelsea Foster.
Less than nine minutes later Gulf scored again but on an awkward own goal, as freshman Brianna Rossi curled a corner kick to Hudson goalkeeper Chey-Anne Savage, who seemed to be shoved into her goal by a Buccaneer player. The goal stood, giving the Bucs’ defense all it needed down the stretch. Gulf notched its second shutout of the season and has allowed only four goals through five matches.
“I don’t think we had an own goal all last year,” Hudson coach Stephen Jones said. “We’re not too worried about the scoreboard, but more of the effort we’re putting on the field. We’re a tale of two teams right now.”