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"Be competitive" is the chief goal this year for Cuyahoga Falls girls soccer.
Through three games, coach Scot Etling saw his team be just that.
In fact, Falls opened the week Aug. 29 with the most dominant win of Etling's tenure, as the Black Tigers routed Canton South by a 7-1 margin.
Keep in mind, Falls managed only seven goals in the entire 2015 season.
However, Etling also knows being competitive in the loaded Suburban League National Conference is a different matter.
Falls opened it National Conference schedule with a trip to Brecksville-Broadview Heights Aug. 31. The Bees scored a 9-0 win.
Falls record stands at 1-2-1, 0-1 in the National Conference.
Against Canton South, Falls dominated the contest from the opening whistle. Up 3-0 at halftime, Falls erupted for two more goals in the first four minutes of the second half before Etling emptied his bench.
"Canton South is a struggling program and we knew that coming in," Etling said. "I was proud of the kids. I think when we were up 3-0 or so, the kids started to say, 'When are we going to be pull back?' There's a right way to win."
Falls got two goals each from senior Isabel Barton and freshman Katlin Wilson, while freshman Chloe Schnieders, junior Leslie Sawyer and freshman Kaylie Ward each had one goal.
Falls pressed forward hard and finished with a 24-5 edge in shots on goal, as well as a 6-0 edge in corner kicks.
Black Tiger goalie Erin Huber finished with three saves, as the Wildcats' lone goal came after Etling put his reserves in.
"We went into Canton South saying that's a game we're supposed to win," Etling said. "Now, we're winning the games where we're supposed to win, but haven't won the games we're not supposed to win. It's a process and it takes time."
The game against Brecksville had an all-too-familiar feel to it for Falls.
"We came out kind of flat not expecting the speed they had," Etling said. "They were up on us a minute or two into the game.
"It was a humbling experience," he added. "It makes us realize how much further we have to go. Like we told the girls, we have a lot of work to do. It's not impossible, but it requires a lot of work."
Brecksville was up 6-0 at halftime, as the Bees finished with a 16-5 edge in shots on goal and a 3-0 edge in corner kicks.
Huber finished with nine saves.
Senior Carli Lapierre led the Bees' attack with a hat trick. Brecksville also got goals from Abby Lydey, Natalie Lesesky, Danielle Camperchioli, Layne Remington, Elizabeth Walcutt and Elaina Walcutt.
Etling noted Brecksville will be one of the best teams Falls plays this season.
"They're not messing around," Etling said. "I told their coach our goal is to be competitive and that got away from us last night."
Falls will next see action Sept. 7 at home vs. Wadsworth. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.