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Bulldogs girls soccer fights to draw at Brecksville

by Michael Leonard Sports Editor Published: October 9, 2016 12:00 AM
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Stow-Munroe Falls girls soccer has tasted defeat only one time this season.

That said, Stow coach Nate Rausch is not necessarily happy with the Bulldogs' record.

A case in point came Oct. 5 when Stow to take on Brecksville-Broadview Heights. Rausch said that his team played well against the Bees, but had to settle for a 2-2 draw after giving up a second-half lead.

"I think it's a game we could have won and probably should have won," Rausch said. "Two minutes after we scored, they tied it up. We've just got to do a better job of keeping leads and not losing them."

Stow's record moved to 6-1-5, 2-1-3 in the Suburban League National Conference as of press time.

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Rausch acknowledged the confere title is out of reach for the Bulldogs.

"I think it's Wadsworth's to lose right now," Rausch said. "We're kind of fighting for second and third right now."

Each team had two corner kicks in the contest, while Brecksville finished with a 10-6 edge in shots on goal.

Stow goalie Amanda Holocker came up with eight saves in the draw, while Brecksville keeper Beth Boeheseld had four stops.

Brecksville opened the scoring in the 18th minute. Rausch said a communication breakdown in Stow's defense allowed the Bees to overload Stow's back post.

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That allowed Danielle Camperchioli to find some space and head the ball home to make it 1-0.

Stow was able to find the equalizer in the 30th minute. Midfielder Sophia Boris sent a ball up top to forward Theresa Parr, who laid it off perfectly to Elyse Casalinova.

"Elyse took a touch and put it in the net," Rausch said. "It's the kind of combination we've been looking for all year between Theresa and our midfield."

With the match tied 1-1 at the half, Stow took the lead in the 52nd minute, thanks to some nice work by freshman Maddie Marino. Off a throw in, Marino beat her defender to the end line and whipped a cross through the six-yard box.

Alyssa Kuntz crashed the back post from her winger spot and put it home, making it 2-1.

"It's good to have [Kuntz] full strength," Rausch said. "She knows her role out there."

However, Rausch said the Bulldogs got a bit too comfortable and allowed a counterattack goal in the 54th minute. Brecksville's Allison Lydey got a ball at the top of the box and put it just beyond Holocker's reach.

Although he would have loved to have seen his team pick up the win, Rausch noted the Bees were a worthy foe.

"They're one of the top teams we've played," Rausch said. "They attack in waves. It's something we needed to adjust to. We told the girls, if we allow them too much space and time, they'll beat us. They were able to exploit our weaknesses."

Stow was set to host Normandy Oct. 8 at the Stow Soccer Stadium, but results were not available at press time.

The Bulldogs have a busy final week of the season. Stow will travel to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy Oct. 10, will host North Royalton Oct. 12 and will travel to Norton Oct. 13. All three games will kick off at 7 p.m.

"We've got a lot of tough teams through the end of the year," Rausch said. "That's not the worst thing to happen. It will get us ready for the team we play in the postseason."

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