Westborough couldn’t stop Hudson’s senior tailback back Dave Meuse last Friday night. Meuse ran for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries as the Rangers were blanked 36-0 in the Mid-Wach B opener for both teams.
The Rangers (0-3) host Milford tomorrow at 2 p.m. Milford (2-1) enters the matchup on a roll after beating perennial Central Mass. Division 1 power Leominster last Saturday.
The Rangers trailed just 14-0 at the half. But Hudson’s defense held the Rangers to minus-5 yards and two turnovers on the first four drives of the second half.
The Rangers had two drives stall inside Hudson territory early in the game. Late in the first half Westborough had first-and-goal from the 10, but could not score. Sophomore quarterback Dan Orlando used his speed to move the Rangers down the field. On fourth-and-4, he tried to run off to the right but was stopped 2 yards shy of the end zone.
Westborough’s failure to score was a key point in the game.
“For us at this point, if we can’t get in after a halfway decent drive it hurts,” Westborough coach Mark Ellis said. “It’s deflating right away to us. I thought we were able to pick the guys up at halftime I thought they were ready to go but it just becomes disheartening when you don’t come out and put a drive together at that point.”
Sophomore defender Kylie Bradley scored the game-winning goal on a free kick midway through the second half to lift Westborough’s girls soccer team over Hudson 1-0 in a Mid-Wach B matchup on Tuesday.
Keeper Marissa Goebel made three saves for the shutout. Bradley, center midfielder Amy Wilichowski, outside midfielder Cara Berg and defender Sarah Connors played well for the Rangers (3-5-1, 3-1-1 MWB).
“We controlled the game, but just could not score enough,” said Westborough coach Paul Mumby. “But it was nice to get the win, especially against a rival in our league.”
In a non-league game last Saturday, senior defender Jill Horka scored two minutes into the second half off a corner kick from junior Susanna Wright, but Westborough was tipped by Wachusett 2-1.
Horka’s tally temporarily tied the game at 1, before Wachusett put it away minutes later.
Laura Hetherman scored the goal for Westborough in a 2-1 loss to unbeaten Nashoba in a Mid-Wach B match last Thursday.
Hetherman scored on a penalty kick two minutes into the second half to pull the Rangers temporarily even at 1-1. Keeper Liz Hastings made seven saves for the Rangers.
Westborough’s Zach Silverman scored the tying goal and goalkeeper Logan Desanti made a tie-preserving save with five seconds left in the match as Rangers battled Nashoba to a 1-1 draw in a Mid-Wach B game last Thursday in Bolton.
After Nashoba took a 1-0 halftime lead, Silverman tied it in the 53rd minute on a set up from Loic Pennick.
Desanti made 11 saves, including one by deflecting the ball over the crossbar in the closing seconds.
Jamie Plowman was a defensive standout for Westborough. Silverman and Pennick also played solid games.
“This was our best game so far,” said Westborough coach Dominique Trotin. “We played well as a team. It was nice to see a lot of intensity. It probably the first game we played two full halves.”
In a Mid-Wach MB match on Tuesday, the Rangers fell 3-1 to Hudson.
After Hudson took a 2-0 halftime lead, Pennick scored on a penalty kick to make it a one-goal game in the second half. Then Hudson sealed the win with a goal 10 minutes later.
Westborough keeper Jason Lamont stopped 11 shots to keep the Rangers in the match. Others standouts for the Rangers (0-6-1, 0-4-1 MWB) were Billy Casey on defense and Cian Merritt at both center midfield and forward.
In a Mid-Wach B game last Tuesday, Westborough was blanked 4-0 by Groton-Dunstable. The Rangers were outshot 20-1 in the match.
Boys cross country
Senior Brendan Robertson finished in 16:50 over the 3.1-mile home course as Westborough swept the top seven places to cruise past Hudson 15-50 in a Mid-Wach B meet Tuesday.
John Egan was second for the Rangers (2-1) in 17:54, followed by Mark Aronson (3rd, 18:02), Andrew Lampi (4th, 18:43), Brendan Anzures (5th, 19:12). Alex Coggins (6th, 20:10) and Mike Bogan-Mullen (7th, 20:13).
Girls cross country
Caroline Dennett led a sweep of the top four places for Westborough with a time of 21:46 over the 3.1-mile course at Veterans Memorial Field in a 16-47 Mid-Wach B victory over Hudson.
Rachel Harris finished second (23:16), Helen Gross was third (23:4) and Krissy Rowe came in fourth (20:43) for the Rangers (2-1).
Erin Reynolds (6th, 24:07), Claire Gitkind (7th, 24:10), Rachel Sudol (8th, 24:12) and Lillian Chen (10th, 25:05) were other top-10 finishers for Westborough.
Freshman Michaila Parent scored two second-half goals as Westborough (0-3-3) rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie Westford 2-2 in a non-league matchup Tuesday.
Goalie Emily Humphries kept the Rangers (0-3-3, 0-1-1 Mid-Wach B) in it with a 10-save effort. Senior Erica Price assisted on Parent’s first goal and Amy Lightbody got an assist on her second.
Senior tri-captains Anna Petrunich, Rachel Siegal and Michelle Ziedonis all played strong games for the Rangers, who trailed 1-0 at the half.
Addie D’Luzansky had 11 digs as Westborough swept Milford 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-18) in a Mid-Wach A match on Tuesday.
Senior middle hitter Krystle Armand had seven kills and two blocks for Westborough (5-2, 2-2 MWA).
Senior setter Stephanie Melvin recorded 25 assists as Westborough swept Medway 3-2 (25-21, 27-25, 25-22) in a non-league match last Wednesday.
Senior outside hitter Juliette Lloyd had 10 kills and three aces for the Rangers, who also got nine service points from sophomore Jessica McDermott.
In a Mid-Wach A match last Friday, junior Carolyn Monette served four aces and Samantha Kehoe hit six kills as Westborough swept host North Middlesex 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-18).
Mike Rodenbush was match medalist for Westborough with an even-par 36, but the Rangers were edged 28-26 by Hudson in Mid-Wach B action on Tuesday at the Westborough Country Club.
Nic Ross and John Stanton both shot a 39 for Rangers (3-5-2, 3-4-2 MWA), who must win four of their final six dual matches to qualify for the tournament. The improving Stanton, a junior, has moved from sixth to third in the lineup.
Rodenbush shot an par-36 to earn co-medalist honors for Westborough in a 31.5-22.5 loss to unbeaten Nashoba in a Mid-Wach B match at the Westborough Country Club last Thursday.