Huron soccer coach Lee Hudson breaks down the River Rats’ 2-1 win Tuesday over visiting Pioneer. The win marked the first time since 2009 that Huron swept the regular-season series with the Pioneers. Huron plays Skyline on Thursday in a rematch with the Eagles.
What were the biggest turning points?
Emma Chang and Grace Tremonti were playing as strikers together for the first time this season. Both of them had a great relationship on the field and it was key to unlocking a strong Pioneer back line. Jackie Underwood came up with a HUGE winning goal, striking the ball from 25 yards out to give us the 2-1 win. She had great technique and composure to finish when under pressure. Grace scored the first goal from a wonderful build up play that started deep in our own half. Scoring with a close range header to get us 1-0 up really calmed the whole team.”
Were there key players the opposing team focused on containing during the game?
“Our movement and rotation in the flow of the game is hard to mark for an opposing team. It seemed at times that Jess Baker was being doubled teamed by the Pioneer center mids, but she was able to escape pressure well and still connect the dots in midfield for us.”
Did you use a unique or different strategy in the win?
“Without giving too much away, we have been working on a new formation and system of play. We played this system vs Monroe, Bedford and Tecumseh where we had three consecutive 8-0 wins. Playing this system vs. a team like Pioneer was going to be our big test. We passed with flying colors and created more attacking chances in this game against a tough opponent than we have in the first half of our season. We now have two systems of play we use just to keep the opponents guessing.”