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DuFour registered the defensive jewel of the evening when he was able to stop a Hudson shot attempt with a spectacular save in the middle of the second half.

“We made sure we were on the right track and we communicated throughout the game and we were able to close them,” said DuFour. “We played really well as a team and everyone worked hard on the defensive.”

Girsch credited DuFour’s game.

“Becca has been solid all year round,” said Girsch. “She didn’t let in many goals. She’s really grown as a player and we’re blessed to have her on the net.”

Columbus had beaten Hudson 3-1 earlier this season, but this match was far from a no-brainer for the senior Sailors.

Hudson ended another successful season with an excellent 14-5 record.

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“I can’t ask anything more from our players – they tried very hard,” said Hudson coach Ashley Smiley. “We play hard and give everything for 80 minutes. We never give up, no matter how high the score is. We kept fighting and I’m so proud of our team. They fought hard the whole game. “

Now it goes to Columbus in the state capital and a trip to the state.

“This is so exciting to say,” said DuFour. “I was so sad when they canceled the season last year because I thought we had a really good team. I knew we were strong again this year and it’s great to say it. “