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Second-half rally leads Twinsburg girls soccer past Stow

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published: September 14, 2016 9:37 PM

After one half, Stow-Munroe Falls girls soccer seemed to have Twinsburg under control.

Stow was leading 1-0 at halftime Sept. 14 at Bulldog Stadium and went to the locker room with a 6-1 edge in shots on goal.

But the Tigers, who have been a second-half team for much of the season, turned the game around completely after the half.

Three second-half goals allowed Twinsburg to run away 3-1 winners.

Twinsburg improved to 4-2-2, 1-1-1 in the Suburban League National Conference, while Stow suffered its first loss of the season, falling to 4-1-1, 1-1 in the National Conference.

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Stow looked to have Twinsburg pinned back for much of the first half. The Bulldogs nearly opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes, but forward Emily Andrassy's shot hit the crossbar.

A couple of nice saves by Tiger goalie Ally Zenda kept the scores level, but Stow broke through in the 32nd minute.

Off a free kick from Moriah Payne, Stow forward Elyse Casalinova controlled the ball in the box and put a low shot past Zenda to make it 1-0.

However, things started going wrong for Stow soon after, as Payne cramped up and had to leave the game.

Twinsburg came out firing in the second half and found the equalizer in the 48th minute.

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Forward Alyssa Kleinmann made a strong run through the Bulldog defense and put a low show into the corner of the net to make it 1-1.

Casalinova nearly gave Stow the lead back in the 53rd minute, but her shot banged off the crossbar.

Twinsburg made the Bulldogs pay for the miss in the 67th minute.

A long ball from midfielder Blair Harney was run onto by forward Alli King, who put the ball past a charging Holocker and into the net.

The Tigers completed the turnaround three minutes later when Anna Cleveland sent a perfect diagonal ball into the box. Alyssa Troyer beat Holocker to the ball and put it into the net to make it 3-1.

Shots on goal ended up tied at 8-8, while Stow had a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.


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