HUDSON — For the second straight playoff game, Hudson pulled out a 2-1 victory at home with a goal from Scotty Combs in the waning minutes. The Cobras rose to the occasion yet again by defeating Celebration in Tuesday night's Class 4A region semifinal.
Hudson (19-5-3) took control early with the crowd full of Cobras fans. A little more than five minutes in, Zack Wynn's free kick was headed in by captain Taylor Lamphier.
Things changed with a little less than 15 minutes remaining in the first half. Two buses full of Storm fans pulled up in the Hudson parking lot and began filling the stands.
The emotion of the game decidedly swayed at that point, and for the first time in the game Celebration (15-3-2) maintained frequent possession.
Celebration was able to hold strong defensively, and with 4:55 remaining in the game, it broke through for the tying score. After some physical play in the crease, Jonathan Garcia was able to kick the ball into the back of the net.
The Cobras found themselves in a familiar position, allowing the tying goal with less than five minutes remaining in a playoff game. Much like in their first-round win over Bishop Moore, Combs again played the hero with his 47th goal of the season.
Combs had struggled with injuries during the game but came up big when it mattered. At the 77-minute mark, only a minute and a half after the game was tied, he laced a shot from 18 yards out for the winner.
"(Combs) is really something, isn't he?" Hudson coach Paul Vescio said. "He's not coming out of the game unless he goes out on one of those ambulances (in the parking lot)."