HUDSON — Hudson players and coaches talked about breaking a curse on Thursday night during a Class 4A region quarterfinal with Bishop Moore. If there was a curse to be broken by the Cobras, mission accomplished.
Hudson, hosting a state playoff game for the second straight season, broke through for the 2-1 victory in overtime.
"(Bishop Moore) is a great team, and they come over here and beat up on (programs) over here every season," Hudson coach Paul Vescio said. "The guys did a lot of talking though, and this year we thought we had a chance to take them."
The Cobras (18-5-3) were dominated on both sides of the ball in the first half, but went to the locker room at halftime down 1-0. The second half continued in much the same way as the Hornets (12-6-10) used solid midfield play to shut down leading scorer Scotty Combs, who entered with 44 goals. At some point, the coverage was broken and Combs, getting loose on a Zack Wynn corner kick, headed the ball past keeper Danny Sullivan (seven saves).
Combs' first goal tied the score at 1 and forced overtime. Much of the credit for keeping the Cobras in the game goes to Hudson keeper Todd Rushing. Rushing made six saves and was under fire a lot early. At one point, the Hornets had a 12-3 shot advantage.
Less than midway through the first 10-minute overtime period, Combs found himself with the ball in front of the Hornets' net. He dribbled the ball across the crease before firing a shot to the right of Sullivan for the winner.
"We broke the curse," Combs said. "The whole team will feel a lot more comfortable going into next week's game after playing the way we did tonight."