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SPRING HILL — Two of the best programs on the North Suncoast were squaring off, and only one could walk away undefeated. Springstead was looking for a little more. The Eagles hadn’t beaten Hudson in three years.
Springstead got what it wanted when it walked out of Booster Stadium with a 5-2 win over the Cobras on Thursday night.
Hudson (2-1) got some bad news before the game when defensive captain Erica Wills was ruled out for the foreseeable future with chest pains.
“Replacing Erica Mills is impossible,” Hudson coach Stephen Jones said. “She is a player that is full of heart. We are just going to have to develop some of our younger players in her place.”
The task was not easy early on as Springstead took a 1-0 lead. The Eagles (4-0) dominated time of possession for much of the first half while Hudson struggled to clear the ball. Alyson Brady, who moved this season to midfield from defense, connected with Heleigh McDuff to open the scoring just more than 10 minutes in.
Hudson answered when Ashley Dugan got one past Springstead keeper Monica Vega. From that point, the Eagles dominated.
Although the Cobras outshot the home team 16-12, Vega was like a wall, making seven key saves while her squad stretched its lead in the second half.
“Considering we haven’t won against Hudson in the past three years, it’s nice to end that losing streak,” said Brady, the senior captain. “We’re trying to get used to playing together so this is really cool.”
Springstead’s Tara Vasquez continued her assault on area goalkeepers, scoring her seventh and eighth goals. She has scored twice in each of the first four games. Her scores Thursday were precise stings from 25 yards out under the crossbar.