Wiregrass Ranch coach Erin Dodd knew her team just needed that one score and her team would be able to defend well enough to defeat non-district foe Hudson on Monday night.
That one score the Bulls so badly needed, after a anticlimactic first half of play, came just after intermission. Wiregrass Ranch midfielder Christine Wojaczyk knocked home a perfectly placed crossing pass from Berlin Waters and helped lead the Bulls to a defensively tough 1-0 victory over injury-riddled Hudson.
"We've really been trying to focus lately on playing simple soccer," Dodd said. "We were able to come out of halftime and make some adjustments and play simple soccer. We looked better in the second half and had more opportunities and were able to knock in the one."
The Bulls (8-4) had several great scoring chances in the first half against Hudson (8-5) as midfielder Linsee Newby sent a pass right across the Cobras' net but no one was in position to tap in the potentially easy goal. Wiregrass' next good opportunity came when Newby was able to launch a shot from less then 15 yards out but the senior shoot it just wide right, keeping the game scoreless.
In the early second half, Wiregrass scored its breakthrough goal as Wojaczyk found herself in pin-point position to score the game's lone goal – off a Waters' crossing pass. Wiregrass had a couple more opportunities but were not able to cash in. The Bulls outshot the Cobras 10-5.
Hudson has faced the injury bug all season and went into the game with seven players out, ranging from ankle injuries to heart conditions.
"We didn't do a great job coming out of the half and that's my fault," Hudson coach Steven Jones said. "Other then that, I was happy with our defensive effort and we tried moving some people around to get some kind of spark."
WIREGRASS RANCH 1, HUDSON 0
Hudson 0 0 – 0
Wiregrass Ranch 0 1 – 1
Goal – Wojaczyk. Assists – Waters. Shots on goal – H 5, W 10. Saves – Wetherby 3 (W), Ohling 5 (H). Records – H 8-5, W 8-4.