HUDSON — Mitchell coach Karl Kukec barely had to say a word in the first half against Hudson.
His girls were in control and held the Cobras to no shots on goal before intermission, and it seemed as if his girls were on pace for a shutout.
The second half was a totally different story, but Mitchell improved to 6-0 and got two goals from senior forward Arielle Anahory to hold off a feisty Hudson squad 2-1 Friday night at Cobra Stadium.
“Hudson is a physical team and they strive to win the ball,” Kukec said. “We’re more used to playing the ball on the ground and using combination passing to get going.”
The Mustangs’ combination passing worked wonders in the first half with junior defender Shannon Larkin (seven saves) executing a perfect pass to Anahory, who dropped a goal right over the head of goalkeeper Cheye-Anne Savage for a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute.
Hudson had no luck threatening the opposing goal before the half because of a stiff defensive effort from Mitchell.
Mitchell got another goal from Anahory in the 54th minute on a pass from Breana Pullara. Hudson responded two minutes later off a free kick goal by Logan McGee. The goal rejuvenated the Cobras, and in the final 34:28 they desperately tried to find an equalizer.
Hudson though was thwarted by the Mitchell defense, which has yet to yield more than one goal in a game this season.