HUDSON -- Thursday evening, the Groton-Dunstable Lady Crusaders traveled to the Morgan Bowl to take on Hudson in a Mid-Wach A clash.
The net continued to get wider for the visitors. The Lady Crusaders put up three goals in the first half and eventually defeated the host Hudson Hawks, 4-2. Groton-Dunstable was led by freshman forward Nicki Little who had two goals and an assist in the win.
"We have a center midfielder, Elena Biasi, who is really creative with her passes," Groton-Dunstable head coach Steven Naboicheck said. "She is really creative. She is recovering from ACL surgery and she got kicked really hard in the knee. So, we took her out. The game changes when she is not in the game. We need to develop more depth."
Biasi netted the game's first goal at 7:09 off a brilliant set-piece from Little. Little curled the ball inwards from the right wing. Biasi settled the ball at her feet and blasted it past the Hudson goaltender to make it 1-0.
A little over five minutes later, it was Little on the receiving end of a beautiful cross from junior captain Lindsay Werner. Werner muscled her way into the attacking zone past Hudson defender, Elizabeth Hydro, and dished the ball off to Little. Little made a little fake to her left and catapulted her shot over the left shoulder of Hudson goaltender Nicole Ineson.
Already with a 2-0 lead, the Groton-Dunstable attack continued to wear down the Lady Hawks' defense.
Three minutes later, Little navigated her way into the Hudson zone and beat Ineson again off a precise through-ball from senior captain Vicky Prescott.
Prescott put just enough pace on the ball to catch Little in Stride. Little pulverized the right corner of the net to make it, 3-0, Lady Crusaders at 18:32 of the first half. Rubeski netted the Lady Crusaders' final goal of the half with the assist credited to Brittany Belanger at 35:44.
Ineson deflected the initial blast from Belanger. Rubeski collected the juicy rebound and beat Ineson with a majestic chip-shot to make it 4-0 before halftime.
At the half, Naboicheck decided to change his lineup to give some of his reserves well-deserved minutes. For that, Hudson was able to net a pair of consolation goals in the final 40 minutes.
"We changed it up a bit because we wanted to give some players who haven't been playing as much some time," the coach said. "That was part of the difference. We got some of the freshmen in. We have a good front three with Lindsey Werner and Nicki Little."
Senior midfielder Nicole Sloan potted both goals for the Lady Hawks in the 10th and 32nd minute. Both goals were taken from roughly 19 yards out.
"Vicki and Elena Biasi are a great combination in the middle," Naboicheck said. "The biggest story for us is our back line. We have a really solid back line. Brittany Considine is one of the best center backs I've seen in a long time. The biggest thing we need to work on is focusing throughout the whole game. When we focus, we are able to do great things." Follow Ed on Twiter/Tout @EdNiser for live updates.