HUDSON — After a kick from 30-plus yards by Hudson senior midfielder Alicia Schuering, the Cobras stormed through the fog in claiming their third consecutive 4A-7 district crown Friday night. Schuering's kick capped off a 96-minute showdown among two of Pasco County's top squads, with Hudson pulling out a 2-1 double-overtime thriller over Mitchell at Cobras Stadium.
"The girls behind me deserve all the credit," Schuering said. "We had a goal in the beginning of the season, and that was to win the district title and we were able to pull it out tonight."
Hudson first-year coach Stephen Jones knew the Cobras were going into a fight with Mitchell, which split the season series with Hudson 1-1.
Five minutes before halftime Mitchell tied the game on a goal from freshman Leslie Fallon.
The Mustangs had a golden opportunity to end the game before going into overtime, as junior midfielder Chandler Reed had a good look on goal from less than 10 yards out, but Hudson goalkeeper Jessica Imbimbo made a great save to send the game to overtime.
Mitchell could not find the back of the net after that, and with four minutes left in double overtime Schuering put an end to the rivalry.
"It came down to one chance, and they scored and we didn't," Mitchell coach Karl Kukec said. "We're not looking back or looking forward. We play River Ridge next week and hopefully we can play (Hudson) in a couple weeks."
Mitchell will play River Ridge in the 4A region quarterfinals and Hudson will host Land O'Lakes.