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Twinsburg girls soccer ties with Jackson to warm up for playoffs

by Steve Batko | Correspondent Published: October 19, 2016 12:00 AM

It was the type of non-league girls soccer game that could be a huge test for the upcoming tournament action as Twinsburg hosted Massillon Jackson.

The two teams tied 2-2 in the Oct. 15 test at Tiger Stadium as both coaches played a lot of athletes and wanted to avoid injuries in the season finale.

Head coach John Garber loved his club's 2-0 lead over Jackson and would have like to have gained a victory, but health was more pressing with the tourney looming.

"Before the match, I think we were in the same mindset -- we wanted to tune up for the playoffs, but also did not want to get anybody hurt," Garber said.

The Tigers, 9-4-3 overall, snagged the second seed in the upcoming Kent Roosevelt Division I sectional-district tournament.

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Defending state champion Walsh Jesuit, which beat the Tigers earlier in the season in non-league action and is 15-1 overall, gained the top seed at Kent.

Twinsburg was seeded second in front of Hudson and Stow-Munroe Falls in the deep tourney.

Garber earned a first-round sectional bye and will host a sectional final Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. against the first-round winner between Stow and Kent Roosevelt.

The Bulldogs (8-2-6) are expected to win that first round game.

If Twinsburg keeps winning, the district semis are set for Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. as third seed Hudson is expected to surface over fifth seed Solon.

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"I think we are ready for the post season," said Garber, whose club finished 4-2-1 in the Suburban League National Conference.

Jackson finished 11-3-1 and the Polar Bears scored the equalizing second goal with 12 miniutes left in the contest.

Twinsburg did score a goal with under 10 minutes left, but the officials ruled that the Lady Tigers were offsides.

"We did a good job of getting pressure on their goal, which was good to see," noted Garber, who thought he had the game winning goal.

Junior striker Alyssa Troyer scored to make it 2-0 with 26:00 left.

Sophomore midfielder-striker McKenna Donahue had the first goal to make it 1-0.

Senior striker Anna Cleveland was credited with an assist.

Junior keeper Ally Zenda had four saves, plus sophomore keepers Hannah Zochowski and Cassidy Smith each had two saves in the nets.

Twinsburg won 9-1 at Cuyahoga Falls Oct. 12.

Donahue shined with two goals and two assists while junior midfielder Blair Harney chipped in two goals and a feed in a strong showing.

Senior defender Hannah Patrzyk also had a goal as did Cleveland, junior striker Lexi Hill, junior striker Alex Shood, and freshman striker-midfielder Alli King.

King also had two assists while senior defender Kali Benedict had one assist along with junior defender Christina Bais, freshman defender Amy Howersaat, and Troyer.

The JV team finished 9-3-4 this season.

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