SPRING HILL — The winter break could not have come at a better time for Springstead coach Polo Furlong.
With injuries and inconsistent play slowing the Eagles (8-3) during the holiday season, plus facing Hudson at full strength made for a rough night for the Eagles, who suffered a 3-0 loss Monday night at Booster Stadium.
"We played against a very good team tonight," Furlong said. "We did what we could tonight. We have a lot of injuries, but that's not an excuse.
"But after we come back from the break we should be totally different."
In the first half, Hudson opened up the scoring when freshman forward Logan McGee recovered from a loose ball and set up midfielder Ashleigh Trapuzzano for a 1-0 lead. The Cobras (13-2-1) added another goal right before the half from midfielder Haley Walker to cruise into intermission with a 2-0 advantage.
Despite being outshot 15-10, the Cobras took advantage of their looks on goal early and often.
Springstead's opportunities came often but did not find the back of the net. With 3:51 left junior forward Ashley Walker broke through the Cobras defense and had a one-on-one with goalkeeper Jessica Imbimbo (six saves) from 15 yards out. But Imbimbo made a great right-handed save to preserve the shutout.
"Even though this is not a district game or anything like that, the girls really take a lot of pride going into this game," Hudson coach Stephen Jones said.
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