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Tigers rally to capture headliner, hand Bombers first loss, 2-1

Published in The News-Herald
October 4, 2019
Chris Lillstrung

The pumpkins rolling down Grove Hill in the near future might have some competition for what has the most momentum in Chagrin Falls right now.

Because after an Oct. 3 girls soccer headliner against previously unbeaten Kenston, the Tigers might provide some competition for that honor.

Katie Schumacher and Peyton Gellin delivered scintillating second-half strikes from distance as Chagrin continued its strong 2019 form with a 2-1 win.

The Tigers (11-2-1) were superb down the stretch in the defensive third to see out a signature result against the potent Bombers (12-1-1).

“We said that they weren’t really pushing us up top, and they were going for a quick counter,” Chagrin coach Pamela Malone said. “Our back four has just been a rock. Then we just kind of dropped Bella (Dalessandro) in the front a little bit to get another defender. But then they were only attacking with three, and we were like, ‘That’s fine.’

“We work a lot on possession. We work on a lot on, ‘Hey, if we have the ball at our feet, we’re in control of the game.’ And so, when we settle down and we play possession, we move the ball nicely. We move it in all three channels. We worked on that (Oct. 2), and I think that came around today.”

Beyond that quality in the natural flow of attack, the channel that got the Tigers this result was upper-90.

Kenston, seeking its first win over Chagrin since 2011, had a 1-0 halftime lead. In the 35th minute, Aidan Myles slotted a gorgeous free kick strike under the crossbar.

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