By Matt Taylor, Contributing Writer
Hudson – For 25 years, Hudson High School (HHS) girls soccer coach Russ Davis has led his squad to success, and now he'sl turn the reins over to his assistant, Spencer Fortwenger. The team had another successful year in 2011, making it to the quarterfinals of the Central Massachusetts Girls Soccer state tournament. The Hawks” season came to an end Nov. 8 following a hard-fought battle with rival Westborough, who won the game on penalty kicks after a scoreless tie through regulation.
Russ reflected on his tenure after a 5-0 win over Doherty High School of Worcester Nov. 5. He remembered the contribution of many players during his tenure such as Ally Peters, the Kush sisters, all-time leading scorer Jessica Gledhill, the four Zagura sisters and the Gyllstrom twins.
“There have been so many great players that have come through this program,” Russ said. “I have been so fortunate to work with fantastic players and coaches.”
It would have taken a long time for the coach to name all the people who have impacted the Hudson girls soccer team over the years. Davis did mention one particular aspect of his experience that he'sl remember most.
“Coaching with my son Brian for the last five years is what I'sl remember most,” he said.
Brian, a graduate of rival Marlborough High School, was a major factor in helping the HHS girls soccer team maintain a high level of success over the last five years.
Russ also recognized the play of his current team and the strong leadership exhibited by his seniors.
“Marissa Miele, Jackie Brown and Rachel Matthew have played here for four years at a high level,” Russ said. “Their leadership and dedication have set a great example for the younger players and future leaders of this team.”
There were eight seniors in all who helped lead their team to a tournament berth and a record of 10-7-1. Russ also credited the strong play of junior Kara Knights as instrumental in the success of this year's team.
“Kara played a number of different positions and made many sacrifices for the team,” Russ said.
What will the coach miss most as he moves on to the next chapter of his life?
“I'sl miss the kids. I'sl miss the everyday interaction with the players and watching them work together to achieve success,” Russ said. “But it's time. I have a great assistant in Spencer Fortwenger, and he will do a fantastic job leading this program.”