Girls soccer: 4A-8 final

Published January 19, 2008

BROOKSVILLE - Revenge is sweet no matter how long it takes.

Just ask Hudson after the Cobras dethroned Springstead 1-0 in the district championship Friday night.

"We just wouldn't accept anything less than being district champs," Hudson captain Lindsay Zullo said. "No matter how tired we were, we just had too much determination."

Since last season's district title game, when Springstead topped Hudson 3-2 in overtime, the Cobras have been seeking retribution. After two 0-0 ties in the regular season, that goal had been just out of reach.

The two dueled to a 0-0 score at the end of regulation in Friday. There were close calls on both ends, but stellar saves from Hudson's Jessie Imbimbo (eight saves) and Springstead's Jennifer DeFrancesco (four) kept the game at a stalemate.

Nothing changed in the two overtime periods that followed, forcing the district crown to be decided by penalty kicks. Quality saves from both keepers kept the first round scoreless.

The first ball to hit the back of the net in the 280 minutes of action between Hudson and Springstead this season happened on Hudson's second penalty kick. Midfielder Michelle Lang laced a shot to the upper right of the net for the goal.

Springstead answered with a goal from defender Alyson Brady. But Hudson followed with scores from co-captains Melissa Wysong and Lindsay Zullo to seal the district title.

Derek J. LaRiviere, Times correspondent