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Tiger boys soccer fighting through tough early schedule

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published: September 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Twinsburg boys soccer coach Mike Lally has always favored going against a top-notch schedule, but he feels his young club has plenty of upside to go to battle with.

After a road trip to Mentor was postponed due to storms, the Tigers are set to rebound after a tough 4-1 league loss on the road at Brecksville-Broadview Heights Sept. 6.

The Tigers moved to 0-2 in the Suburban League National Conference after the loss to the loaded Bees.

Defense is always a staple for a Lally-led Twinsburg program, but the Tigers were exposed against Brecksville.

"We lost to a better team," said Lally. "We had some breakdowns, but some of it wasn't our fault -- they (the Bees) have some good players."

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Senior forward Elijah Savitt scored the Tigers' lone goal.

Near the end of the first half, Savitt had a nice run and scored to give Twinsburg a huge 1-0 lead. It was a big play at the time. The Tigers won the JV match 2-0.

"It was a big goal and we were leading 1-0," said Lally. "Elijah had a really nice run on the goal. I feel our offense has been doing pretty well."

Twinsburg, 3-2 overall as of press time, posted a crazy 1-0 non-league victory Sept. 3 at Eastlake North.

The lone goal of the game came on an own goal as an Eastlake defender deflected the ball into their own goal.

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"It was a good result on the road and I think we showed a little fortitude playing at a really tough place to play," said Lally, prior to the Sept. 13 home league match against Stow-Munroe Falls.

In upcoming action, Twinsburg hosts Cleveland Heights Sept. 17, hosts Wadsworth in Suburban League play Sept. 20, and plays a league clash Sept. 27 at Hudson. All games begin at 7 p.m.

Carter Yee had four saves for Twinsburg and the senior keeper had four saves in the nets against North (1-3-1).

Forward Tyler Gairing, a talented senior, was credited with the assist for the Tigers, who had a 7-4 shots on goal advantage and a 5-2 edge in corner kicks.

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