HUDSON — Hudson, a program that won a state playoff game last season, showed it will be a force this season as well in a 5-0 victory over Springstead on Friday night.
After a slow start the Cobras (2-1-1) got a boost from Scotty Combs, last season's leading scorer. Combs, who scored a school-record 39 goals in 2007-08, recorded his first four scores of this season.
"Scotty worked during the offseason on being more unselfish around the goal," Hudson coach Paul Vescio said. "He's really been heating up, and it showed tonight."
After a close first half highlighted by outstanding play in goal from Springstead's Joey LaSala and Hudson's Todd Rushing, the latter net-minder took control while the other struggled. Rushing, recording his second shutout of the season, racked up 12 saves. LaSala, under a constant barrage, stopped 14 shots.
Wayne Ewing, a young forward for the Cobras, attacked Springstead (3-1) deep along with Combs. Ewing scored the game's second goal to start the second half and recorded an assist on the third goal. He and Combs showed a budding chemistry around the net that resulted in Hudson's second-half, four-goal outburst.
"If Wayne stays healthy, he has an opportunity to be up there in scoring as well," Vescio said.
Springstead, which suffered its first loss, never was able to amount much of an attack. Although the Eagles recorded 13 shots on goal and 18 total, the team never threatened Rushing in net.