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Stow girls soccer gets win over Hoover in home opener

by Michael Leonard | Sports Editor Published: August 22, 2016 9:48 PM

So far, the Nate Rausch Era of Stow-Munroe Falls girls soccer is going just fine.

Following its 3-1 win at Kent Roosevelt Aug. 20, the Bulldogs scored a 2-0 win over North Canton Hoover Aug. 22 in their home opener at Bulldog Stadum.

Stow improved to 2-0 on the young season.

It took some time for Stow to break down the Vikings' defense, as the Hoover hung back and clogged the middle of the field for most of the night.

As a result, Stow had a huge edge in possession and kept the ball in Hoover's side of the field most of the game. However, the match was tied 0-0 at the half.

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With Hoover clogging the middle, Rausch told his players to attack the flanks in the second half.

The breakthrough came in the 59th minute when foward Teresa Parr ran past her defender and cut back to the middle.

Parr slid a square ball in the box forward Emily Andrassy, who shot the ball underneath Hoover goalie Madison Smith and into the net.

The game opened up after the goal, Andrassy played a big role in Stow's second goal, which came in the 63rd minute.

Breaking past her marker on the right side, Andrassy sprinted into the box, forcing Smith to come off her line. Smith made a diving save to deny Andrassy, but Stow forward Maddie Merlene snagged the rebound with Smith out of position.

Merelne dribbled in front on net and curled the ball home before Smith could get back to her line, giving Stow the 2-0 lead.

Hoover pressed forward in the last 10 minutes, but Stow withstood the presure. A long shot from Viking midfielder Tess Cunningham which bounced off the crossbar was as close as Hoover came to scoring.

Stow goalie Amanda Holocker finshed with two saves to get her firat shutout. Stow finshed with a 7-2 edge in shots on goal and a 6-3 edge in corner kicks.

Stow returns to action Aug. 27 at 4 p.m. vs. Tallmadge at the Stow Soccer Stadium.


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