Hudson's 2-1 victory over River Ridge is the team's first in eight years.
By LINDA ROTHSTEIN
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001
It has been eight long years since Hudson has beaten River Ridge in boys soccer. That is until Friday night when the Cobras downed the Royal Knights 2-1.
Hudson coach Ron Ladimir was a senior at Hudson the last time the Cobras beat the Royal Knights.
"Relieved, relieved," Ladimir said of the win. "I guess they wanted to win more than they wanted to lose. It was for pride, especially for the seniors who have been here for four years."
River Ridge had plenty of opportunities to put the game away, taking a total of 20 shots on goal, but Hudson revamped its offense in the second half to take the game.
"The passing in our third of our zone there was what really made the difference," River Ridge coach Concepcion Ledezma said. "We didn't make the right passes, we didn't make the right decisions once we got deep in their territory. Then their defenders were able to recover; we allowed them to recover."
River Ridge scored early in the game when forward Adam Carter hooked a corner kick from the left side into the goal less than four minutes into the first half.
"We came out flat," Ladimir said. "That first goal kind of let us down."
But Hudson tied it up about 17 minutes later when Steven Barron took a cross from Dominic Thompson and scored. The two teams played defense the rest of the half for a 1-1 score at the break.
Hudson came out with renewed energy in the second half. Hudson forward Jarle Thy gave the Cobras the lead 19 minutes into the second half, scoring a goal off a pass from Morten Frette.
Thy got another chance to score just four minutes later, but River Ridge keeper Paul Clapson saved Thy's penalty kick.
"They played a lot better in the second half, at least effort-wise," Ladimir said.
"I don't know if it's the greatest game we've played, but effort-wise it was.
"That's all you can ask."