A tough season came to an early ending for the West Delaware girls soccer team when a speedy Hudson team handed the Hawks a 10-0 mercy-rule defeat, May 29, at Memorial Stadium in Waterloo. Hudson moved on to play Beckman in second-round play, while the Hawks closed a difficult season 0-17.

When Hudson’s facility was deemed too wet for play, the contest was delayed a night and moved to the all-weather field turf of Memorial Stadium. The quick surface only magnified the team speed of the Pirates, as they outran the Hawks to put an end to things with 16:32 remaining in the second half.

Hudson took a 1-0 lead two minutes into the match when freshman Sophia Hoffman scored on a header, but the Hawks were tough on defense before another Hoffman — this time Faith — scored 17 minutes in to make it 2-0.

The Pirates scored again six minutes later when Ellie Foster scored on a ball that rebounded off West Delaware keeper Taylor Hammer to make it 3-0.

The wheels fell off for the Hawks when Hudson’s Cali Heinzerling — another freshman — scored on three long kicks in a four-minute time frame to put the Pirates on top 6-0 with 9:20 to go in the half.

“We did a nice job of staying together but then mentally started breaking down,” said West Delaware coach Hannah Crumpton. “Those goals start going in and we just can’t quite keep the mentality we need.”

The Hawks showed some renewed energy coming out of the break, holding Hudson scoreless for 12 minutes before two goals in one minute made it 8-0 with 27:04 to go. A pair of meaningless goals sent everyone home early on a steamy evening.

‘We tried pinching the middle to counteract their speed, but we just weren’t as fast and they took advantage,” said Crumpton. “We tried cutting off their shots as opposed to chasing them down.”

Crumpton is appreciative of the leadership shown by her seniors this season, and is optimistic looking ahead after fielding a relatively youthful squad in 2019.

“They are good group of girls and had tough shoes to fill with so many leaving last year,” she said. “Hopefully we can start off next year with our younger players picking up where we ended this year. They have come a long way.”