When the Stow-Munroe Falls and Cuyahoga Falls boys soccer teams meet up, a high level of intesity and physicality is expected.
The two rivals tore into each other again Sept. 27 at Bulldog Stadium, but Stow had just enough to get bast the Black Tigers.
A goal from Stow captain Cam Casenhiser was the difference in the game, as Stow weathered a second-half push by Falls to win 1-0.
Falls has been boosted in mid-season by the arrival of two foreign exchange students: Diego Mendoza from Spain and Loic Scandian from Brazil. Black Tigers coach Eric Ortopan also said his team has found its identity: Pressure soccer with a pushed-up defensive line.
Falls' pressure allowed them to get some early shots off, but it was the Bulldogs who struck off a corner kick in the 12th minute.
Stow's Corey Hunt made a nice service into the box. Falls cleared the ball, but only as far as Stow's Logan Spath, who sent a through ball into the box. Casenhiser turned and fired a low shot into the corner of the net, given Falls goalie Tanner Treptow no chance.
The game went to half at 1-0, as the two sides cancelled each other out most of the night.
Falls' best chance came in the 68th minute off of free kick. Zach Lias hit a perfect strike from about 25 yards out, only to be robbed on a one-handed save by Stow goaltender Spencer Raymond-Smith.
Raymond-Smith has saves on the night to preserve the shutout, while Treptow also had four saves. Stow finisheed with a 5-4 edge in shots on goal.