WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — After its third straight victory, Westborough boys soccer officially has more wins than last year, but nothing came easily in the back-and-forth 3-2 defeat of Hudson.
"They gave us a battle. I think if we played them on a day when we played our best we'd do a lot better," coach Michael Griffin said. "As you can see, they've got character, fighting back again."
A scoreless tie was broken late in the first half when Jamie Plowman of Westborough (3-0-1) took a feed from Steven Frame and chipped it over Hudson goalie Ryan Lyman. After halftime, a penalty kick was granted to Hudson, and Tom Orsatti tied the score at 1-1.
Steven Frame came back with a header goal midway through the second half, injuring Lyman in the process. Shortly thereafter, a hand ball was called on Carter Reynolds, granting Orsatti his second penalty kick, resulting in a goal.
Griffin said he's not sure why, but his Rangers team plays its best after being scored on.
"I think we start off very slow," Griffin said. "Hopefully we'll keep working on that so it doesn't happen."
Hudson backup goalie Connor Bacon played well, but he came up one save short after a Loic Pennick shot bounced off his gloves and Jameson Bradley put away the game-winning goal.
Griffin said he isn't happy with giving up the goals, but the confidence his team has after such a tough game is unmatched.
"When we do play our best, we can probably beat any team out there, which is what I want us to do," Griffin said. "I want to dominate games."
Westborough 2, Hudson 1: Behind goals from freshman Carly Flahive and Mia Natale, Westborough was able to come back against Hudson on the road.
"It was a pretty scrappy game," coach Paul Mumby said.
Julia Heffernan had two assists for the Rangers (3-2-1).
Westborough 38.5, Quabbin 15.5
Medalist: Mike Rodenbush, Westborough, 34, at Dunroamin Golf Course, Quabbin.
Nic Ross shot a 38 and Westborough improved to 7-0.