DADE CITY — As Hudson senior Kyle Gryzb clutched the 4A-7 district title and sprinted across the field at W.F. Edwards Stadium on Friday night, it almost seemed like one of those too good to be true moments.
Hudson, which was shut out twice during the regular season versus Pasco, turned the tables and delivered on what might possibly be one of the biggest upsets in recent memory on the North Suncoast, as the opportunistic Cobras notched a 2-0 victory over the Pirates.
"I'm speechless right now," Hudson coach Jeff Wills said. "We peaked at the right time. You saw the emotion out there; the kids played their hearts out. We had nothing to lose tonight."
Emotions ran high the entire night, as the officials flashed two yellow cards to Hudson and four yellows and one blue card toward Pasco, including two yellows to sophomore forward Jose Flores. Plenty of shoving and back-and-forth pushing went on throughout the match, which favored Hudson's style of play.
Hudson (8-8-1) got on the board in the fifth minute as senior forward Jonathon Mendez knocked a one-timer past Pasco goalkeeper Angel Garcia for a 1-0 lead.
The Pirates (20-2) never had any real scoring threats in the first half, but two opportunities were rejected by Cobras goalkeeper Dylan Crawford (eight saves) in the 54th minute off back-to-back shots by Steven Mazza and Jose Flores.
Mendez added an insurance goal in the 48th minute.