GROTON- It was senior night at Groton-Dunstable, and it could not have went much smoother for head coach Steven Naboicheck's Lady Crusaders. Senior captain Olivia Rubeski netted two goals to propel the Lady Crusaders past Mid-Wach B foe, Hudson, 5-0.
"Olivia Rubeski had a great game at outside mid tonight," Naboicheck said. "She has been playing all season. She had a couple goals tonight. Vicky Prescott, our other senior, did a great job controlling the mid. Her role is predominantly ball distribution. We will definitely miss her next season."
Groton-Dunstable led by just one goal at the half as Hudson goalkeeper, Nicole Ineson, was lights out. The Lady Crusaders had a pair of back-to-back quality chances at goal in the opening 10 minutes of the match.
Bad luck hampered Groton-Dunstable, as standout forward, junior Lindsay Werner was denied by the post, twice. The Lady Crusaders continued to push, and Prescott was turned away by the tenacious play of Ineson.
Groton-Dunstable eventually broke through in the 31st minute when Nicki Little found Brittany Belanger on a stellar run down the right side. Little lofted her through ball into the air with precision. Belanger played the ball off her chest and went full speed into the back of the net, to give the Lady Crusaders a 1-0 lead.
That is where the score would stand at the half. A different Groton-Dunstable team emerged in the second half. Lindsay Werner got the scoring started with her trademark diving header from the right side off a great cross from Brianna Considine.
Considine chipped the ball into the mixer and Werner went airborne and placed the ball in the left corner pocket to make it 2-0 36:33 remaining in regulation.
Three minutes later, Hudson suffered a tough break when an errant ball deflected off one of its players and crossed the goal line. Hudson defender Brianna Zemotel was in the wrong place at the wrong time as a cross came sailing into the box and deflected off her right shin for an own goal to make it 3-0.
Less than a minute later, Groton-Dunstable scored again when Kara Jussaume threaded the needle with a pass to Rubeski. Rubeski blasted her second goal of the match into the low-left corner of the net to extend the Lady Crusaders' lead to 4-0.
Three minutes later, it was Rubeski again with the goal on a well-timed feed from Nicole Moody. Rubeski drew Ineson off her line and tapped the ball home to round out the scoring at 5-0.
With the win, Groton-Dunstable at the time of publication needs just one more win to secure second place in the Mid-Wach A division.
"We still have a few games to go," Naboicheck said. "I thought it was a good team effort tonight. I am pleased with what I have seen. We are second place in the league as long as Quabbin loses or ties with Marlboro. We need just one win to make the playoffs. When we move the ball, it is hard for teams to keep up with the pressure."
Groton-Dunstable outshot Hudson 17-6 in the match and goalkeeper Elyssa Briggs was credited with the shutout.
Groton-Dunstable hosts non-league foe Bromfield Saturday afternoon at a tentative 3 p.m. start time.