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Mon. September 14, 2009 | Izzy Gould | Email

The beginning was frustrating for Shayna Munson.

Hudson's first-year coach found herself in a tug-of-war between her style of coaching and blueprint embedded in her players' brains.

Now with a successful 3-0 start, Munson and the Cobras are beginning to find their groove.

"We have really good talented athletes," Munson said. "Me coming into a program where a coach has coached for 20 years, I'm trying to change what they know and get them to do what I want them to do. I'm trying to take their talent and make them more disciplined on what I want from them."

Hudson has registered wins against Sunlake, Mitchell and Land O'Lakes to begin the season. At the OVA Tournament in Orlando last weekend, the Cobras finished 3-2 in the Gold Division and earned fourth-place outof 20 teams.

Some top players thus far have been Jessica Imbimbo, Katy McGee and Jessica Christianson.

"I have a very talented group of girls," Munson said. "I have 13 girls and they're all solid. I can throw anyone in at any given time."

On Wednesday, Hudson renews a long-time rivalry at River Ridge. It's been a long time since either program has had a new coach with former coaches Linda McQuade (Hudson) and Heide Castelamare (River Ridge) no longer coaching those teams.

"I know they're huge rivals with Hudson," Munson said. "The administrators and other coaches talk about it. That game will set the tone for the season."

igould@sptimes.com

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